Colleagues stopping for a photo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Colleagues stopping for a photo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
2019 Team Photo during an outing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Tomorrow, June 25th, marks my 3rd anniversary at Facebook and my last day at the company — a poetic end to an incredible journey. In my #BadgePost (departure message to the team), I shared 4 lessons that I’ve learned during my tenure. I thought I’d share them with you, too.

🚩 Prioritize your professional development: This is especially important for those who manage other people, as I’ve found that leaders are often so focused on leading others that they unintentionally omit their own development. What does that look like? …

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As far back as I can remember, my life has been defined by spaces of community. From Girl Scouts to Sorority life and everything in between, I’ve found inspiration from incredible, strong women who are breaking barriers.

But over the last few years, I have become increasingly frustrated by the lack of inspirational content highlighting Black women throughout industries. Time and time again, we see platforms highlight the same (incredibly talented and inspirational) Black women at the peak of their careers. And while that’s great, what about the next generation of Black female leaders?!

Assuming I was not alone in…

How to Change Careers Without Going Back to School

As new budgets settle in place, companies all over the world are flooding job search platforms with open positions, seeking candidates who are exploring opportunities. With new budgets in place at the start of the year, business leaders are eager to find additional resources that can join their team in the journey to tackle new company goals.

This is also around the time that young professionals reach out to me expressing a feeling of being stuck and looking for ways to make a purposeful career shift in a completely different industry. …

The lifeline of my professional growth has centered around having incredible people in my life who can offer wise counsel on personal and professional obstacles. And as I grow in my professional journey, I’ve learned that not many people understand the value of mentors, the critical role they can play in your life, and the work you have to put in to make it a fruitful relationship.

For individuals like me, who sit at the intersection of being black and being a woman, mentorship has been the very foundation to navigating professional hurdles like unconscious bias and “the glass ceiling”…

Senator Kamala Harris, Presumptive Democratic Candidate for Vice President

Kamala Harris is not just a Black Woman, but also a graduate of Howard University — a Historically Black University. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

Yesterday was a big day.

Not just because Joe Biden announced his running mate would be California Senator Kamala Harris, the first African American to be chosen as the running mate of a major party’s presidential candidate. This announcement also makes Harris the first graduate of a historically black college or university (HBCU) to become a nominee of the second highest office in the United States.

Like Senator Harris, I, too, attended schools with majority-White populations from elementary school through high school. When it came to college, I was determined to seek a collegiate experience that would give me an…

I imagine that many of you who are reading this have never had to worry about your hair before heading to school or work. And no, I’m not talking about a ‘bad hair day’. I’m talking about the stress and anxiety that comes along with the judgement and ridicule of your natural, God-given hair.

For many people of color, hair has been the center of conversation for decades. Don’t believe me? Here are some quick facts:

  • Black women are 1.5x more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair
  • Black women are 80% more likely than…

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