Education

Write the Vision and Make It Plain

By: Cameka Smith

“Write the vision, and make it plain…” (Habakkuk 2:2, New International Version) “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” —Helen Keller “Similar to a vision, a vision statement is a personal vision that defines what you aspire to become. “It symbolizes your...

10 Negotiating Tips to Get Paid What You’re Worth

By: Selena Hill

Phylicia Rashad said it best: “Women ARE power” by design. We run boardrooms, our households, and successful businesses. Yet, studies show that we struggle when it comes to negotiating compensation and getting paid what we’re really worth. In turn, we miss out on thousands of dollars, bonuses, and company perks. Men, on...

3 Hot Marketing Trends To Boost Your Brand Before It’s Too Late

By: Monica Carter Tagore

For business owners of color, focusing on the company brand is a full-time endeavor. It takes a lot to make sure the corporate brand is where it needs to be. As a result, the business owner’s personal brand is often a blind spot. She simply doesn’t think about her own...

Women: Why You Need to Learn to Stop Trying to Do It All

By: Alisa Gumbs

You don’t have to sacrifice your professional ambitions because you feel guilty about living up to the demands at home. You just need to learn how to stop trying to do it all. That was the message during my on-one-one conversation with Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer of Levo, at...

Coffee With: Nielsen Senior Vice President Andrew McCaskill

By: Black Enterprise

This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. Andrew McCaskill Location: New York, NY Job: Senior Vice President, Global Communications & Multicultural Marketing, Nielsen Education: B.A. in English, Morehouse College; M.B.A. in Marketing, Emory University Twitter: @drewmccaskill   Tell us about your path into the news world.   I was fascinated...

Day In The Life: Meet Etsy Software Engineer La Vesha Parker

By: Black Enterprise

This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. La Vesha Parker Software Engineer, Etsy Brooklyn, NY Twitter: @feministcoder 8:30am: I wake up to the sound of my digital alarm clock. Resisting the urge to check my iPhone for any unread messages, I enjoy a few minutes of doing nothing before my...

How to Take Risks That Will Pay Off at Work

By: Alisa Gumbs

You can’t be successful if you don’t take chances. That’s the message of “Freedom to Fail: How to Take Risks That Will Pay Off Big,” one of the executive leadership sessions at the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix. But even though many of us know the...

Owning Your Power

By: Rita P. Mitchell, CRC®

After graduating from college and working for seven years in a corporate environment, I decided to start my own insurance and securities brokerage firm, Mitchell Financial Inc. I was young, passionate, and filled with the drive to be a successful entrepreneur. At that time, my husband and I had limited...

From Race To Office Politics, What Really Happens In The Corner Office

By: Derek T. Dingle

[Gale King Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide and Cynt Marshall Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Office of Human Resources, AT&T] Tackling topics ranging from leadership and race to office politics and millennials, Nationwide Insurance Co. EVP & Chief Administrative Officer Gale V. King and AT&T SVP, Human Resources...

My Advice for College Students Graduating in Media and Journalism

By: Selena Hill

Last month, I was invited to give the keynote address at Prairie View A&M University’s Communications Week. Rather than delivering a traditional speech, I was interviewed by two-time Emmy-award winning journalist and CBS producer/editor Charles Williams in front of a live audience at the school’s TV studio. This gave the...

3 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude in the Workplace

By: Selena Hill

In a fast-paced work environment, it’s easy for gratitude to get lost in the momentum of the daily grind. As co-founder of an educational consulting company, I often share this insight with students who are applying to college and reflecting on their academic trajectories, participating in interviews and asking for...

The Young Professionals Bucket List: Top 25 Career Goals to Hit by 40

By: Toni Howard Lowe

For young professionals aspiring to make it to executive ranks or the C-suite by age 40, setting clear career goals and long-terms plans are crucial. Professionals who map out their goals—and keep them visible—are far more successful. In addition to establishing clear goals and writing them down, young professionals who...

Lucinda Cross Knows What It Takes to Be a Queen Boss

By: Patrice Tartt

  Lucinda Cross is the queen of all bosses. A contributing writer for Huffington Post and author of bestselling books like The Road to Redemption, Corporate Mom Drop Outs, The Art of Activation, and Activate Your Vision,  her work teaches readers how to build a foundation for living an extraordinary life, even when the...

The Lip Bar Celebrates 5 Years of Challenging the Beauty Standard

By: Danielle D. Hughes

Melissa Butler says she isn’t passionate about makeup. Butler, who founded The Lip Bar in 2012, says the booming beauty brand was birthed after becoming frustrated with the lack of colors on the market; and even more frustrated with her career as a stockbroker on Wall Street. “Five years ago, I...

6 Types of People You Need in Your Life to Thrive

By: Maryann Reid

You are what you eat. You are what your contact list looks like. Relationships cultivated in college, through family relationships, community connections, professional events, and just sheer luck can change the trajectory of your life. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to connect with others. They don’t want people to know...

Teen Vogue Editor Elaine Welteroth On Work, Life, and Balance [Video]

By: Selena Hill

(Image: Elaine Welteroth and Selena Hill)   In wake of the upcoming Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit next week, BE paid a visit to Teen Vogue to chat with Elaine Welteroth, the 30-year-old boss who now runs the publication. At the summit, Welteroth will host a one-on-one conversation about ascending...

Buckets of Kindness: Remembering Natalie Cole

By: Lisa Ascolese

Everyone has dreams. Everyone has goals. What sets you apart from others is the level of dedication, passion, kindness, and commitment you have toward turning those goals and dreams into accomplishments. Remember, nothing ever worth having comes easy. In short, have faith, believe in the power of YOU, and watch...

5 Ways to Go From Co-Worker to Boss and Get R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By: Nicole K. Webb

It’s not uncommon to start in a non-management position, then work your way up to management within the same organization. Management is often the next level that employees pursue, and since these individuals are already employed with the company, their experience makes it that much easier for them to reach...