Stop Undervaluing Being An Employee!!!

I love Tony Gaskins but I hate this quote: In 2017, there is this perception that everyone should be an entrepreneur and I strongly disagree. Especially because people glamorize and have a misperception of what it means to be an entrepreneur. People think becoming an entrepreneur means: (1) I can get up when I want…

Boss Girl Magic

I was invited by Capri, to serve as the Guest Speaker for the Boss Girl Magic Chicago Brunch. Learn more about Boss Girl Magic here.  It was so inspiring to be in the room with so many black women who were both established & aspiring entrepreneurs! My styling was done by Chiquita Carey & my…

Why Am I Not Reaching My Dreams? (Part 1 of 2)

Watching President Obama’s Farewell Speech last night was so inspiring. I remember seeing President Obama during his Senate Campaign at the Bud Billiken Parade (an annual parade held since 1929 in the Bronzeville/Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States; it is the largest African-American parade in the nation). He was the most unlikely Presidential…

Systems: Implementing Office Hours

Last year, I piloted the idea of hosting Office Hours and I was surprised at how popular my Office Hours were within my work community. Office Hours are an expectation within the academic community and I can remember sitting with my professors for tutoring, to discuss gaining their support for my job hunting efforts, and…

Ultimate Travel & Packing List – Part 2 

Check out my full list of packing & travel tips here. One of the first things I do is check the weather and then I look up the Fashion & Style Norms for the country. Next week I will be traveling to London, England for the first time. I went on Pinterest and searched: “London Outfit…

10 Ways to Steal Your Time Back

10 Ways to Steal Your Time Back 1. Wake up early or stay up late – if you have a big project to finish, consider waking up an hour early or staying up an hour later to finish it. 2. Delegate to someone else – if you have a busy week at work, as your partner…

A Breath of Fresh Air

Earlier this year, I was selected as one of NAMAC’s (National Alliance for Media, Arts & Culture) Creative Leaders. This week, we were all invited to the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah, in order to participate in a Creative Leadership Lab. We were able to learn new leadership practices, connect with each other and receive…

Transformational vs. Transactional Relationships 

Transformational– Someone gives you something without expecting to receive something. – A person shares their gifts with you free of charge or in exchange for something you do for them.  – A person “consults” with you by offering you knowledge, resources and advice to help you.  – A person makes an important introduction to someone…

Pins of the Week 

These painted pine cones are adorable for a table centerpiece or they’d also look great in glass vase!  For all my side hustlers & entrepreneurs, this is a handy guide to writing a business plan.  Radical love… I believe that God’s love is radical & try to practice radically loving others.  Love this outfit! I’d…

Preparing to Pitch: How Nike Lost Steph Curry To Under Armour 

   I’m obsessed with studying business trends. I’m always looking for little nuggets to try to improve! I came across this article regarding how Nike missed out on Steph Curry & it’s interesting. Read the rest of the article here. When pitching, it’s important to: 1. Personalize the pitch. Whoever you are appealing to should…

Why Your Team Is More Important Than You…

Caption: Photo of Beyonce in my Home Office, purchased the day she dropped the surprise Beyonce album.  A few days ago, I came across this article regarding Beyonce creating a new management team. As the article states, ‘Beyoncé’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement: ‘Last year, Parkwood Entertainment created new departments and recruited new…