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How I Navigate Corporate Spaces As a Black Woman

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As a mom and a Black woman, I know how challenging it can be to navigate corporate spaces. I’ve been in the digital advertising business for over 15 years, and it wasn’t until about 7 years passed by that I learned the key to my career growth was to simply be myself.

My day to day role consists of me selling products to people who are in control of massive budgets, and often times don’t look like me. Of course I do my due diligence and make sure I’m fully up to speed on what I’m selling and what business challenge I’m trying to overcome, but aside from that my most successful relationships exist because I show up as myself in every meeting I walk into.

Iโ€™ve learned some valuable tips along the way that have helped me to thrive and grow in my career, and I want to share them with you.

Move boldly: Donโ€™t be afraid to showcase your abilities and take risks. You have unique skills and perspectives that can add value to any organization. Be confident and assertive in your communication and actions. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Stay focused on your goals: Donโ€™t let the obstacles or biases that you may encounter distract you from your vision. Keep working hard and smart, and seek feedback and opportunities to improve. Celebrate your achievements and milestones, no matter how big or small. ๐Ÿฅณ

Seek out mentorship: Find mentors and sponsors who can support you and advocate for you. Look for people who share your values and aspirations, and who can offer you guidance and advice. Connect with other people who are in similar or higher positions, and learn from their experiences and insights. ๐Ÿค

As you climb the ladder of success, donโ€™t forget to lift others along the way. Mentor and coach younger or less experienced people who are entering or advancing in the corporate world. Share your stories and tips with them, and help them to overcome the challenges that you faced. ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿพ

What are some of the tips that you have learned or used in your career journey? ๐Ÿ“

Millennial Mamma