Episode 57: What It’s Like To Get a Ph.D. and Become a Business Professor, with Sekou Bermiss

Episode 57: What It’s Like To Get a Ph.D. and Become a Business Professor, with Sekou Bermiss

On Episode 57, hear from a Human Capital expert about the Great Resignation and the impact of remote work on BIPOC folks!

On this episode, Sekou Bermiss, Ph.D., opens up about his early career pivot when he decided to leave the traditional business path in consulting to pursue a long journey to become a business professor!

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • What it’s like to go through a Ph.D program and the challenge of achieving tenure

  • Why Sekou decided to get his Ph.D. – and how he came to that decision

  • The ups and downs of being an academic and professor

  • The Great Resignation, how it might end, and the impact of remote work on BIPOC folks

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Episode 50: How a Growth Mindset Helped Me Overcome Critical Feedback, with Lola Sholola

Episode 50: How a Growth Mindset Helped Me Overcome Critical Feedback, with Lola Sholola

On Episode 50, find out what to do when you get less than stellar feedback on your performance review!

50. How a Growth Mindset Helped Me Overcome Critical Feedback, with Lola Sholola

Have you ever been victim of the “feedback sandwich” at work? You know, where your manager says one nice thing, one bad thing, and then another nice thing? It’s not exactly the highlight of the work week and it takes practice to get good at hearing and actioning upon critical feedback.  On today’s episode, meet Lola Sholola – Nigerian immigrant, MBA grad, and Senior Manager II of Strategy & Finance at Walmart.

On this special episode, we hear from Lola Sholola, Senior Manager of Strategy & Finance at Walmart Corp, as she reflects on her first job out of college stumbles.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • How Lola transitioned into life in the U.S. after moving from Nigeria during middle school, and overcame a difficult environment 

  • Why Lola chose to study actuarial science, what that means, and the imposter syndrome she felt in her first corporate job 

  • How Lola overcame an initial “failure” in her first job, and how she bounced back in her next role and opportunity

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Full Episode Transcript:

 

Outro:

Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.

Episode 48: How to Ditch the 9-5 Life, Start an Online Business, and Change Lives, with Kaneisha Grayson

Episode 48: How to Ditch the 9-5 Life, Start an Online Business, and Change Lives, with Kaneisha Grayson

On Episode 48, learn about how Kaneisha Grayson grew her own online business from a $10K startup grant to $1M+ in revenue

48. How To Ditch The 9-5 Life, Start an Online Business, and Change Lives , with Kaneisha Grayson

Have you ever thought that only white men with generational wealth are capable of ditching the 9-5 life and building their own businesses? Well, today’s episode is a proof point that BIPOC folks without generational wealth can pursue this path, too!

If you’e someone who’s dreamed about being your own boss and creating an impact-centered business, you can’t miss this special episode with Kaneisha Grayson, founder of The Art of Applying.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • What it’s like to be your own boss, start your own business and grow it to a $1M revenue biz – and why Kaneisha decided to scale her biz back 

  • Why Kaneisha decided to ditch the corporate life, after completing her MBA/MPP from Harvard 

  • The risks and up-sides to a life of entrepreneurship 

  • How to decide whether you’re ready for entrepreneruship

Ready to make a career change?

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Full Episode Transcript:

 

Outro:

Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.

Episode 45: How I Survived Working in Big Law as an Immigrant, with Yeve Sibanda

Episode 45: How I Survived Working in Big Law as an Immigrant, with Yeve Sibanda

On Episode 45, Yeve Sibanda opens up about what it was like to work at an extremely prestigious Big Law Firm as a Black woman and immigrant

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in “Big Law”? Big Law typically refers to working in major / international corporate law firms that are known to pay law grads a lot of money but require many hours of work.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • How Yeve ended up choosing a law career after working within investment banking

  • How Yeve broke into a prestigious big law firm despite not attending a Top 15 law school or necessarily having a perfect GPA

  • How Yeve overcame the challenges of Big Law firm life as a Black woman trying to advance in her career

  • Why Yeve recently pivoted to a corporate counsel role within a Financial Tech startup

Ready to make a career change?

I got you! Download our 20-page FREE guide to get career clarity on where you want to go next.

Full Episode Transcript:

 

Outro:

Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.

Episode 37: Why I Don’t Code Switch at Work as a Black Male, with Korey Wallace

Episode 37: Why I Don’t Code Switch at Work as a Black Male, with Korey Wallace

On Episode 37, Korey Wallace breaks down what made him change his mind about pretending to be someone else at work

Why I Don’t Code Switch at Work as a Black Male, with Korey Wallace

To code switch or not to code switch, that is the question. On today’s episode, Korey explains why he decided enough was enough – he was going to be himself 100% at work everyday and not try to fit into the mold any longer. Do you think this is doable for BIPOC and/or marginalized folks?

As BIPOC folks, we tend to mute parts of ourselves at work – in an effort to fit in and be successful – Korey Wallace, our guest, makes a case for NOT doing that.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • What it means to get a degree in Infrastructure Technology (IT) and the career paths it can lead to

  • What Korey did when he graduated in 2009 (around the Great Recession) and his job offer got rescinded

  • How Korey overcame imposter syndrome and a trying to fill a major stretch role at his new job that required engineering skills (he was not an engineer!)

  • How working abroad in Europe shifted his perspective forever – and inspired him to ALWAYS be himself at work, no matter what

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Full Episode Transcript:

 

Outro:

Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.

Episode 34: How to Negotiate Your Salary, Ask For a Raise, and Ace Your First 90 Days, with Larnell Vickers

Episode 34: How to Negotiate Your Salary, Ask For a Raise, and Ace Your First 90 Days, with Larnell Vickers

On Episode 34, Larnell Vickers (Career Coach) talks to us about what you need to know about asking for a raise, negotiating your salary and acing your first 90 days on the job!

How to Negotiate Salary, Ask For A Raise, and Ace Your First 90 Days, with Larnell Vickers

On this #careercoach spotlight, Larnell Vickers comes on the show to chat about all things salary negotiation, asking for a raise at work, and building relationships at work. Larnell is helping countless folks win at their careers, and he doesn’t hold back on this special episode.  Want more of this podcast?

On this #careercoach spotlight, Larnell Vickers comes on the show to chat about all things salary negotiation, asking for a raise at work, and building relationships at work. Larnell is helping countless folks win at their careers, and he doesn’t hold back on this special episode.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Why you need to start having money conversations at work, 6-8 months prior to your raise 

  • The importance of building  sponsors that will advocate for you behind closed doors as well as socializing (sharing with others) the great work you’re doing 

  • The value of building relationships with others as you create a brand and reputation for yourself at a new organization in a new role 

  • The importance of negotiating salary and benefits for a new job offer – NO MATTER WHAT

Ready to make a career change?

I got you! Download our 20-page FREE guide to get career clarity on where you want to go next.

Full Episode Transcript:

 

Outro:

Hey, are you thinking about changing careers? Then you need to head over to my website, ecmpodcast.com, and sign up to get your free 20 page guide that I wrote with YOU in mind. I wrote this guide to help you change careers and get really clear on what it is that you want to do next. Career clarity is key to a career transition journey. All right, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Have a great week.