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CEO of Black-owned footwear company, ROCKDEEP INC, on balancing entrepreneurship, community, and family
What is an entrepreneur? Everyone I know these days call themselves an entrepreneur or have someone in their immediate circle who is an entrepreneur. However, the statistics for successful entrepreneurial endeavors are abysmal. Forbes magazine reports that 90% of start-ups fail, that’s nine out of 10 new businesses, and the numbers are worse for minority-owned businesses if you can believe it. That is all the more reason…

Honoring Trailblazers – 5 Women Who Have Made Real and Lasting Change

It’s March and one of my favorite months of the year because it is Women’s History Month and my mama’s birthday month.  In the spirit of Women’s History Month and my mother, we are honoring five trailblazers who blazed a path for all women (and humankind) to follow.

With so much attention paid to high-profile women, it’s easy to lose sight of lesser-known women who are blazing a trail in big and small ways.  The women I have chosen for…

The Importance of Feedback: Why feedback is essential to a thriving workplace?

We all want feedback.  I want feedback from my bosses, those I supervise, and my peers so that I can improve.  Peers and friends seek me out for my feedback so they can improve.  And my children need feedback so they know how to behave.  In short, we all need frequent feedback.  Feedback from others is the fastest way to improve, it is how we learn and excel.  Feedback motivates us and helps us to make appropriate course corrections…

3 Ways Women Hold Themselves Back: How to Get Ahead in the Workplace

Why aren’t I progressing in my career as quickly as my male counterparts?  Why did the person I brought in already get promoted before me?  I could have done that job, why didn’t I go for it?  Have you ever asked yourself these questions and if so, what have you done to change your circumstances?  According to BusinessInsider.com, “Women are 57% of college graduates and 63% of masters degree holders, but that majority fades as careers progress.”  The question…

5 Signs That You Are Doing Too Much

Life is busy, life is messy, we all wear many hats and find ourselves encumbering many roles, but when do you say enough is enough?  Do you ever find yourself awake at night because you feel anxiety about all the things you have to do, literally the “to-do” list is playing over and over in your head and you feel your anxiety mounting? Have you ever found yourself in a situation and wondered why am I doing this or…

4 Financial Tips/Tricks to “make it” in DC on a public servants budget

Caveat:  I am NOT a financial expert in any way, shape, or form.  I am however a habitual HR brown bag attendee and question asker and the lucky recipient of a lot of sound financial advice during my time in the foreign service thus far, which I will now impart to you. 

 
Take advantage of loan forgiveness programs
If your employer offers these programs and you have qualifying student loans, participate in them.  Why pay your own student loan debt when…