Hear stories of everyday women of color as they lean into a workforce that isn't always invested in their success. How do they do it? Join us as we dig deep and learn how to #SECURETHESEAT Go towww.mindaharts.com and find out more!
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I chat with my special guest, Consul General Nadia Theodore about Leading While Black and the responsibilities of stepping into our leadership as a woman of color. Nadia Theodore joined the Canadian civil service in 2000. She has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada, including serving as one of the two Deputy Chief Negotiators for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and as the Executive Director of Canada’s Secretariat for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Consul General Theodore previously served at Canada's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and at Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in Geneva Switzerland. Directly prior to being named Consul General for the US Southeast, in August 2017, she served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade. With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore’s appointment came as Canada, Mexico and the United States launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As part of Canada’s international trade negotiating team, Ms. Theodore built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives.
You can connect with Nadia on Twitter @theodore_nadia and Instagram @cgtheodore
This week on Secure The Seat, Minda has a Hart to Hart and finishes out Season 3. Get the inside scoop to the debut book The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table--The Book Edition. Pre-order now before 8/20. And join the virtual book club at www.mindaharts.com
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Sarah Morgan. We discuss how to identify the warning signs of a toxic work environment. Sarah Morgan has been a practicing HR Executive for 20 years. She is currently the Chief Excellence Officer of BuzzARooney LLC, where she provides consulting and coaching surrounding organizational culture, comprehensive health & total wellness benefits, and executive leadership. Sarah still also serves as an active HR practitioner as the Director of Human Resources for a national retail service organization headquartered outside Raleigh NC. In 2011, Sarah burst on the social media scene under the pen name “Buzz Rooney,” with her blog, The Buzz on HR. 8 years later, the pen name is gone -- but her blog is going strong with over 10,000 readers each month.
Sarah is the creator and curator of the #BlackBlogsMatter and #BlackPodsMatter challenge. She is also the creator and host of the Leading in Color podcast, a show centering on cultivating positive workplace experiences thru diversity, inclusion and social consciousness. She has amassed more than 20,000 followers across LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And Sarah has been named to the Best HR Practitioner Blogs, the Top Women in HR Tech and the Global Voices of HR lists for consecutive years. Connect with Sarah at https://buzzarooneyllc.com/
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Jhaymee Tynan. We discuss how to find and mobilize your allies at work. Jhaymee Tynan, MS, MBA, PMP®, PfMP®, FACHE® is Director, Strategy at Atrium Health, Charlotte, N.C. In her current role, Ms. Tynan is a leader in the system’s Integration Management Office (IMO), which provides day-to-day operations and strategy leadership for post-merger integration activities with current and new partners. During her tenure at Atrium Health, she has led several high impact strategy projects, including the development of world-class growth plans for oncology and pediatrics service lines. Connect with Jhaymee on Twitter @Jhaymee and Linkedin.
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Ebony Joyce. We discuss how to never settle during your next salary negotiation. Ebony Joyce is an entrepreneur, speaker, Certified Career and Interview Coach. Her professional development company, Next Level Career Services, LLC, provides in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, and coaching to professionals looking for tools and strategies they need to finally take their careers to the next level. She has held various leadership positions at fortune 500 organizations for over a decade. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain at Ivy Tech Community College. Connect with Ebony at www.nextlevelcareer.co
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Dr. Diana Burley. We discuss how being the boss—doesn’t make you a leader. Diana L. Burley, Ph.D., is executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and full professor of human & organizational learning at The George Washington University (GW). Named one of SC Magazine’s Eight Women in IT Security to Watch in 2017 and the 2017 SC Magazine ReBoot awardee for educational leadership in IT security, Dr. Burley is a global cybersecurity expert who regularly advises enterprises on strengthening their cybersecurity posture, managing cybersecurity risk, assessing human factors in the threat environment, and developing a robust cybersecurity workforce. Connect with Dr. Burley at gsehd.gwu.edu/directory/diana-burley
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kandia Johnson. We discuss how to get through your work fires and come out on the other side. Kandia Johnson transformed her life from working as a corporate communications consultant for a Fortune 500 company to founder of https://kandiajohnson.com/ a communications consulting and training company. Beyond being featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Black Enterprise, and more, Kandia has delivered presentations on stages throughout the United States and Africa. Leveraging her 15 years of experience working with senior leaders and employees from companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Johnson & Johnson, and The U.S. Navy, Kandia started her own company to teach people how to become confident influential leaders in their fields. Connect with Kandia at www.kandiajohnson.com
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Sharnikya Howard. We discuss how to plan for your maternity leave and planning for your unexpected purpose. Sharnikya is a Purpose and Career Coach at Life Abundantly Coaching. Sharnikya’s outstanding contributions have resulted in recognition from some of the most notable societies for women in the industry. She is a recipient of the Women of Color in Technology (WOC) - All Star Award, an award reserved for accomplished women of color at an advanced stage of their careers that have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities. Connect with Sharnikya at www.lifeabundantlycoaching.com
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Dr. Alicia Makaye. We discuss how to get out of our comfort zone and own it. Dr. Makaye is the Co-Founder of GXA in Dallas, Texas. In 2019, Dr. Makaye received the Minority Business Leader Award by the Dallas Business Journal. She is also a philanthropist. You can find out more about her work at www.gxait.com and connect with Alicia on Instagram.
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Jacquette Timmons. We discuss how to improve our relationship with money. Jacquette is the author of "Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate" and the creator of The Comfort CircleTM dinner series, where she talks about money, business and life over food and wine - and “In the Zone: How to Price Your Genius” - a one-day retreat for entrepreneurs and business owners who find pricing hard and want a better way...along with better results. She has been featured on "Good Morning America," Oprah.com, CNN, HLN, FOX, Black Enterprise, NPR, Reuters.com, Wall Street Journal and Family Circle. Connect with Jacquette at www.jacquettetimmons.com
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Mike Coles. We discuss why employment contracts should matter to women of color. Mike Coles is an attorney with The Coles Firm, based in Dallas, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience representing employees and employers in a wide variety of employment law and business matters. He received his Bachelor’s and law degrees from Duke University before moving to Dallas to begin his legal career. In addition to representing employers and employees he also is a certified mediator and is regularly appointed by the judges of Dallas County to mediate cases. Go to www.colesfirm.com and if you want more information on employment contracts go to contractswithcoles.com
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kristin Jones. We discuss learning how to own your growth as you build your career. Kristin spent seven and a half years working alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama as special assistant and director of special projects. Over the course of her tenure at the White House, her projects and responsibilities ranged from planning international travel and domestic events in service of the First Lady's priorities and cultural vision, to developing creative content and campaigns for Michelle Obama's signature initiatives: Let's Move!; Joining Forces; Reach Higher, and Let Girls Learn. In this capacity, she has developed an expertise in identifying how the intersections of branding, policy, and creative strategy can be used as a means to create cultural shifts in society. In 2018, she co-founded the strategic brand firm, Inside Projects with a client roster that includes Mrs. Obama and The Wing amongst many others. Connect with Kristin at www.insideprojects.co
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Veronica Armstrong. We discuss learning how to quantify your worth. Veronica is a marketing executive with deep expertise in customer acquisition and product growth. She most recently led Lovepop’s Wedding business line as General Manager. Together with a team of twenty-five that spanned software development, UI/UX, design, product management, and international operations, the Lovepop Wedding team delivered the most exciting entrant into the wedding stationery space to date. Connect with Veronica on Twitter @Veronicatheblog
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Sherrell Dorsey. She is Data Journalist. Entrepreneur. Inclusive Ecosystem and Smart Cities Strategist. Sherrell runs BLKTECH Interactive—North Carolina’s first hub supporting over 2,000 entrepreneurs and technologists of color across three cities. She is also the founder of daily tech newsletter, ThePLUG, covering founders and innovators of color. Her work has been featured in Inc., Bloomberg, VICE, The Root, and other notable publications. Connect with Sherrell at www.sherrelldorsey.com.
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kelechi Okafor aka Kelechnekoff. She is an actor, director and dance innovator who facilitates self-actualization through dance. Kelechi created the character #SallyInHR as a way to address the micro and macro aggressions faced by marginalized communities in the workplace. We even chat with Sally in this episode. Connect with Kelechi at www.kelechiokafor.com
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I chat with my special guest, Dorinda Walker about the importance of generational diversity. Dorinda is an award winning multicultural marketer, having earned numerous honors and recognition for leadership, impact, community advocacy and empowering women and diverse communities. To find out more go to www.dorindawalker.com
What are the things we are leaving behind so we can be great this year in the workplace? Learn from my guests Ashley and Marcy from the Schoolin Life Podcast. Schoolin Life is a weekly podcast about life, love & (occasionally) libations hosted by Ashley & Marcy and extends the standard "girlfriend" conversations through impactful and affirming conversations with women all over the world. Connect with them on all platforms @schoolinlifepod
In the season 3 opener of Secure The Seat, I chat with my special guest, Jodie Patterson about her new book The Bold World. Jodie Patterson is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI ally who has been recognized for her activism by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, GLAAD, Family Circle magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine among others. You can purchase her new book The Bold World at www.georgiany.com.
In the season 2 finale of Secure The Seat, I chat with my special guest, Michelle Gadsen-Williams about her CLIMB as a Woman of Color in Corporate America. MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS is an award-winning global diversity expert, activist, philanthropist, and the managing director and North American inclusion and diversity lead at Accenture. Purchase her book Climb where ever books are sold.
In this week's episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Stephanie Ghoston. We discuss the facts and fiction of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Stephanie is a recovering attorney turned life coach. To connect with her go to www.stephanieghoston.com
When was the last time you made a commitment to yourself? What people, places, or things are not serving you going into the new year? This week Minda has a hart to hart on committing to yourself. Securing your seat will require a strong commitment to self.
In this week's episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Simone Morris. We discuss how you can get in the driver’s seat and take control of your career. Simone spent two decades in Corporate America and in the last few years started her own company; where she is the CEO at Simone Morris LLC. Simone is an Educator, Author, and Diversity Expert. Purchase her new book The Power of Owning Your Career. Connect with her at www.simonemorris.com
In this week's episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Valencia D. Clay. We discuss what it means to be culturally conscious in the classroom to the boardroom. Valencia is an Educator, Author, and Change Agent in Baltimore, Maryland. Find out more about Valencia at valenciadclay.com
Life can be one big “Waiting List” when you are at the intersection of your purpose and the pop off! Hold tight, and be ready when it’s your turn. This week Minda has a hart to hart on dealing with waiting on your goals to manifest. Secure your Seat as if it has already happened!
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss the biases that Millennials face in the workplace and how we need to foster better working relationships—across generations; with my special guest, HR Professional Jazmine Wilkes. She is also the creator of the popular blog HRJazzy. Find out more at https://hrjazzy.blog
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss Intersectionality and Allyship with Natalie Gillard, the creator of FACTUALITY. Natalie is the creator of FACTUALITY, a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game, all in one, that explores structural inequality based on national statistics, in America. Learn more by going to www.factualitythegame.com
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss why Securing your Seat is a full body experience with my special guest Joanna Clinton. Securing your seat isn’t just about your skill set; Your health plays an important role as well. Joanna Clinton is the founder and Instructor at www.projectshedllc.com
Are you more concerned with WHO isn’t supporting you versus those WHO are? Minda has a hart to hart sharing her 3 tips on how to shift your focus to those who are supporting you and letting go of those who aren’t there for you. Focus on your WHO! It will make securing your seat that much easier!
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss why mentorship matters with my special guest Brit Fitzpatrick. Brit Fitzpatrick is a tech entrepreneur and ecosystem builder. In 2013, she founded HELM (formerly MentorMe), an enterprise knowledge sharing platform for small business advice and mentoring. In 2018, Brit became Program Manager for the Hillman Accelerator, the Midwest’s first accelerator for tech companies led by underrepresented founders. Find her online at www.britfitzpatrick.com and on Twitter @BritFitzpatrick
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss owning your voice as a woman of color with my special guest Minda Honey. Minda Honey is a full-time freelance writer with bylines at Teen Vogue, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Oxford American, Longreads and she writes a bi-weekly relationship advice column. She also does content writing for startups and leads creative writing workshops. Find her online at mindahoney.com
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss what it means to “Have It All” as a working mother with Cheronda Everett. Cheronda is Founder and CEO of Cheronda Marie Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in project management and strategic planning. In addition to providing direct services to clients, she also provides training and support. Go to http://www.cherondamarie.com
I created The Women of Color Equity Initiative to help close the gap between women of color and those who identify as women of color and the roles that we aren't actively recruited to occupy and secure. To join go to www.mindaharts.com
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss what it means to create your own seat with Brittney Oliver. Brittney Oliver is a marketing communications professional. Over the past two years, Brittney has built her platform Lemons 2 Lemonade to help Millennials turn life’s obstacles around. Her platform is known for it’s networking mixers which has brought over 600 young professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives together to turn life’s lemons into lemonade in NYC, Nashville and Atlanta. Her mixers have been supported by BuzzFeed, Bumble, Giphy, Jopwell, Jack Daniel’s and Ciroc. While building Lemons 2 Lemonade, Brittney is a contributing writer for Fast Company and ESSENCE. To connect with Brittney go to www.brittneyoliver.com
On today's episode of Secure The Seat, I chat Imposter Syndrome with Jaya Saxena. Jaya Saxena is a diversity and inclusion strategist, career development professional, and social justice advocate. After having spent almost 20 years navigating a career in the legal and nonprofit sectors, she has developed a strong commitment to helping individuals find authentic fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
In this week's episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Jabulile (Jabu) Dayton. We discuss how to navigate the workplace (the table). Jabu Dayton is the straight-talking Chief Officer of People and Inclusion at Abstract, as well as the CEO of her own consulting business, Jabu HR Inc. Connect with Jabu on LinkedIn or visit her personal website at www.jabudayton.com
In this week's episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Alex Wolf. We discuss everything from social capital to innovation. To find out more about Alex go to www.alexwolf.co and purchase her new book Resonate. RESONATE is Wolf’s informative and occasionally hilarious look at the intersection of human nature, technology, and how understanding both can help anyone creative build a following of their own.
On this bonus episode of Secure The Seat, I discuss Black Women's Equal Pay Day (8/7) with Tanya Tarr. Tanya Tarr is Vice President for the North American region for AdvantageSRING, a global commercial negotiation consultancy based in the United Kingdom. Tanya delivers world-class training and development to corporations and organizations in the United States and Canada. Tanya is also a negotiation executive coach and writer. Since 2016, she has been a regular contributor to Forbes. Find more of Tanya's writing at https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyatarr/
Burnout is real, but it doesn't mean you have to start from scratch. Learn from RM Harrison, Business Strategist and Pivot Consultant on how to foster sustainable success and how to position yourself for life after burnout. To find out how to connect with RM Harrison go to www.rm-harrison.com/ and purchase her book The Pivot Map on Amazon.
Are social media influencers the new celebrity and do you need them to secure your seat? Learn from my guest Lenora Houseworth, Social Media Strategist, Digital Marketer, and Creator of DareMeBeautiful. To find out how to connect with Lenora go to www.lenorashewrote.com and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lenorashewrote
How do you find the inner boss that leads you to find who you are at the core? How do you focus on yourself and not what others say about you? Essentially, how do you become free to focus on you! Learn from my guest Martha Ramos, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Life Coach. To find out how to connect with Martha go to www.marthalramos.com and follow her on Instagram @mramosofficial and on Facebook.
What are those things we should stop doing by the time we are 35; that are no longer serving us in our careers? Learn from my guests Ashley and Marcy from the Schoolin Life Podcast. Schoolin Life is a weekly podcast about life, love & (occasionally) libations hosted by Ashley & Marcy and extends the standard "girlfriend" conversations through impactful and affirming conversations with women all over the world. Get ready to listen, laugh and learn as Ashley and Marcy are both Ph.D's (Higher Education Administration and Clinical Psychology, respectively) and bring their educational and professional lived experience into this hilarious and heartfelt show, teaching you how to "school life". Connect with them @schoolinlifepod and Follow Ashley (@AsShire) and Marcy (@be_self_ish). Also join their one-year anniversary live show at :https://schoolinlifepod.ticketleap.com/
What does it mean to find your voice and use it in every room you enter? Learn from my guest Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks, Social Entrepreneur and Google Digital Coach. To find out how to connect with Angelina, go to www.thecsuitecoach.com. Also, check out her personal website at www.angelinadarrisaw.com
On the latest episode of #SECURETHESEAT we discuss mental health. Depression and Anxiety are real, and to secure our seat, we need to be right within. Minda takes time to share ways we can support each other and be there for one another. To learn more about my work go www.myweeklymemo.com
It can be draining playing a character at work. How can women of color show up as themselves in a workplace that sometimes doesn't value authenticity? Learn from my guest Tiffany F. Southerland, Career Coach and Change Maker at Four Corners Coaching on how to be authentic at work. To find out how to connect with Tiffany, go to www.fourcornerscoach.com. Also, check out her podcast at www.howdoesshedoitpodcast.com.
Have you ever been embarrassed about having a day job while you build your business? STOP IT! There is no shame in being your first investor. Knowing when it's time to transition from your 9 to 5 is critical. Learn tips on figuring out when it's time to leave your 9 to 5 and knowing it's okay to work while you build. I interview Regina Gwynn, Co-Founder, and CEO at TresseNoire about when she knew it was the right time.. To learn more about Regina and her company go to www.tressenoire.com.
Do you hold multiple career titles? Learn how to navigate multiple titles while staying true to your brand. Learn how Lauren Bealore navigates politics, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Lauren is a Political Savant and Entrepreneurial Opportunity Maker. Learn more about the organization she Co-founded Y.A.B.
What do people say about you when you're not in the room? Learn how to perfect your PRESENCE! Today's guest is Kailei Carr. Kailei is the CEO of The Asbury Group LLC and is passionate about helping high-powered women “show up” in a way that is authentic to who they are! Also, check out her podcast Beyond The Business Suit.
Learn how the Gig Economy is important for the employer and the creative. Today's guest is Elena Valentine. Elena is the CEO of Skill Scout and is passionate about Skill Scout because she believes job seekers need another way to tell their story and show what they can do. Also, check out Mezcla Media Collective a hub for diverse boss women behind the camera. Go to www.mindaharts.com for the show notes.
Learn how you can be an effective and authentic leader on your way to securing your seat at the table. Today's guest is Arquella Hargrove. Arquella brings a successful 20-year track record of creating and implementing productivity-inducing practices through the application of strategic planning and organization development in both the public and the private sector. She has supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through their stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. To learn more about her work go to http://arquellahargrove.com
If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Failure is the other F-word, but how do you bounce back? Today's guest is Kanika Tolver. Kanika is no ordinary “social-preneur.” This former highly decorated government employee turned rebel entrepreneur and Certified Professional Coach is a serial innovator who’s fueled by an extraordinary commitment to social change and to helping others create their own “epic lives.” To learn more about her work go to http://kanikatolver.com/ and purchase her book Life Rehab.
Why do we have to network? Networking for what? Networking is a skill set and takes practice. Today's guest is Veleisa Patton Burrell, founder, and CEO at Narrative Evolution. Veleisa gives us tips on how to network and why it's important for our careers. To learn more about her work go to www.narrativeevolutioncommunications.com #securetheseat
Equal Pay Day is April 10, 2018, and it's important we have the tools and resources we need to make the ask! Today's guest is Jamie Lee, Negotiation and Leadership Coach. Jamie gives us tips on how to make "the ask" and dispels the myths around Salary Negotiation. To learn more about her work go to www.jamieleecoach.com.