As ambitious career women, we leave nothing to chance by planning everything from school, to the job and the next role. But having the baby on your terms and timeline hasn’t been so easy for all. This week we have a drink with Jolawn Victor, Director of Product Management and discuss the ups and downs of conceiving and being pregnant while working.
The best perspectives come from those who have been there. Women who had big, crazy dreams —and achieved them. Who saw the glass ceiling—and shattered it. Who dealt with the same issues we deal with today—and learned from them, gathering wisdom, experience, and success along the way. In this week’s episode, we talk to Alonda Williams — an inspiring executive who’s had a career in both profit and non-profit organizations. Alonda shares her personal journey in choosing a career she always wanted and what she wishes she could tell her younger self.
Alonda Williams is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of The YMCA of Greater Seattle.
Let’s get real honest about the end game at work: retiring rich (and of course happy). The good news – as women we are likely to live longer than our male counterparts and have equal access to the same financial vehicles as men. Bad news – Black women are less likely to marry, less likely to get promoted, make the least amount of money, and more likely to raise children in single income households. Without careful planning, these facts may leave us at an economic disadvantage at retirement. In this episode, we invite Courtney, aka The Ivy Investor, an investment expert, to discuss strategies for getting our retirement in order and planning our corporate exit strategy.
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Work presentations to our bosses and peers can be stressful. However, they remain one of the best ways to bring people together, share information, explain ideas, and get everyone to reach for the same goals. Brooklyn and Keisha discuss their presentation experiences, including how they prepare, rehearse, and show up.
Money matters! We work hard for it and it takes even more work to make that money work for you. That’s a lot of work-the word shows up three times in that last sentence alone! This week, Keisha and BK talk through the different things they have done to manage their personal finances. Listen to hear their take on budgeting, saving, investing, and even splurging.
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, October 11th, Brooklyn and Keisha are joined by special guest Sharon D. to exploring the idea of coming out at work. For some, coming out at work is a daily event as they constantly meet new colleagues and customers. In some environments, this could mean that working relationships, career progression, and even your whole job could be at risk. Grab a drink and hear Sharon’s perspective on her experience coming out at work and her suggestions for others as members and allies of the LGBTQ community.
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and Brooklyn sits down with “Jessica”, a Hispanic woman working in Corporate America, to learn more about this occasion. They talk about how Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated at the office and Jessica shares some of the challenges she has faced while climbing the corporate ladder.
Nowadays we spend so much time at work that it’s no surprise that it can be the starting point of many romantic relationships. Finding love and making it work can be challenging in general. Finding love at work adds layers and layers of complication. This week Brooklyn and Keisha look waaaaaay back on their dating life and bring in a guest who’s still in the game to download on their experiences finding, or not finding love at work.
- If you’re lucky, you’ll both enjoy your work and the people you work with. Over the course of their career B&K have found a few lifelong friends as a result of closely working hard and playing hard with co-workers. In today’s episode they discuss the work friends they keep close and the boundaries they have with everyone else.
Women are waiting later than ever to have kids. One of the reasons is a focus on careers during their early 20s. For some, this does not create any physiological issues. For others, especially African American women, conceiving naturally at a later age is a challenge and requires significant intervention. Both scenarios, involve a delicate balance of the physical and emotional demands of work and building a family. In, this episode BK, Keisha, and Dr. Sarah St. Louis will talk through the journey to make a baby while building a career.