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Economic Equity & Fairness

I work in the field of adult education, overseeing a program that offers Adult Basic Education, Adult High School, and an ESL program. The majority of my students are Hispanic/Latina and African American women between the ages of 34 and 45. They work, take care of their children, and many of them care for elderly parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Since my program, like most, … Continue reading Economic Equity & Fairness

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How Do You Problem-Solve?

How do you solve problems? I never really thought about it before, until I encountered a problem that I couldn’t solve on my own. That’s when it all changed for and it involved some trial and error. Before this happened, my problem-solving methods were pretty simple, but problematic. I encountered a problem, solved it without really talking to anyone, and moved on. If a problem arose … Continue reading How Do You Problem-Solve?

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Ethical Leadership Workbook

I recently gave a webinar on being an ethical leader during crisis. This was available for people in various positions, but the best part was that this webinar focused on practical steps to prepare oneself for leading during chaos. To be honest, leading ethically during a crisis isn’t too different from leading every day. One has to be intentional and strategic about it. As a … Continue reading Ethical Leadership Workbook

How I Started My Business After Having Kids

*a repost by Dr. Sydney Richardson from Triad Moms on Main I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandmother decided that she no longer wanted to be a maid, so she got her cosmetology license and opened her own salon. She retired when she was around 80 years old. My mother loved decorating and making flower arrangements, so she opened her own decorating business. … Continue reading How I Started My Business After Having Kids

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Ethical Leadership: AHHH!

I recently conducted a webinar on what it means to be an ethical leader during a crisis. The participants were engaged, questions were asked, and we focused on practical steps to take, ensuring that the tenets of ethical leadership and crisis management become one. It was great to think about how these characteristics get implemented every day. From the small decisions to the large one, … Continue reading Ethical Leadership: AHHH!

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What I Learned Through Knitting

A while ago, my daughter decided that she wanted to try knitting. I should have known that this would mean that she really wanted me to do it with her. I never had an interest in knitting, but many people in my family have a gift of crafting with their hands. Things like sewing, doing calligraphy, crocheting, cross-stitching, painting, etc. all came naturally to them … Continue reading What I Learned Through Knitting

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Practice Gratitude

For a while now, I have joined two organic groups. We meet virtually every week and sometimes every two weeks. One group is with two other professional women (Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither and Dr. Shana LeGrant). We all work in some part of education and we all have side businesses (aka “side hustles”). From our virtual conversations, we give each other ideas on ways to move … Continue reading Practice Gratitude

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Leading and Discomfort

I kept trying to think of appropriate titles for this post: Leading through Discomfort; Dealing with Disruption; and Leadership and Disruption. Nothing fit. I finally settled on Leading and Discomfort because, regardless of the fact that we are living through a pandemic, that in itself is not the discomfort (it is but it isn’t). The truth is that leading in general causes discomfort. Keeping up … Continue reading Leading and Discomfort

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Invest in a Mentor

Mentoring and mentorship have long been a part of career growth. From entry level jobs through executive roles, mentorship was something that either happened naturally or was built into a job. In many of my roles, a mentorship either happened through connecting with someone or happened through a mentoring program (which was a little more formal). However, now it seems to be harder for newer … Continue reading Invest in a Mentor

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Be a Supportive Leader

In light of recent (and collective) events, it’s important to know how to be a supportive leader. Oftentimes, support is seen as something a leader does to help an employee. However, the situations are pretty common: letting an employee leave early to attend a parent/teacher conference, allowing an employee to flex their time during a time-crunched week, helping a team member with his work when … Continue reading Be a Supportive Leader

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A Leader in Her City and Community

In our next feature of everyday leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Wanda Allen-Abraha, JD. Mrs. Allen-Abraha serves as Director of Human Relations for the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has served in this role for 19 years and works in legal areas such as Fair Housing Law, Landlord/Tenant Mediation, and Title VI (Limited English Proficiency compliance), in addition to the program … Continue reading A Leader in Her City and Community

Be Prepared

“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst-case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’ If I do something, what’s the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is … Continue reading Be Prepared

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Doctoral Studies Checklist

I shared this same post on my RokAdviser blog and found it to be beneficial for career transitioners and leaders as well. Many times, as professionals move forward in life, they decide that it is time for an advanced degree. Regardless of the profession, there seems to be a rise in talk about getting doctorate degrees. Everyone has his or her own reason for getting … Continue reading Doctoral Studies Checklist