Your Career Girl started on December 24, 2015 in my mom's basement. And as cliché as that sounds, it’s not what you think.
My career was at a low point.
Sure, I had the fancy title and the six figure salary, but I felt empty. I was confused, overwhelmed and filled with so much negativity and doubt about what I truly wanted in my career.
I was lost.
Unable to get into the holiday spirit at home, my husband and I decided to pack our bags, grab our daughter and take that 6 hour drive from our home to visit my mom for the holidays. I was grateful to spend time with my family and happy for the distraction, but as Christmas Eve rolled around, I couldn’t shake the quiet thoughts swirling around in my head about my unfulfilling career.
I knew I’d hit a point in my career where I’d need to ask for help. So, I decided to pull out my laptop and searched online for a career coach to help me get some perspective and direction.
I went down into my mom’s basement to get some quiet and jumped into my search. I couldn't help but notice that every single career coach that came up in the results page on Google, was a middle aged white woman from the Midwest.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with middle aged white women from the Midwest, but I wanted to speak to someone about the day to day issues of trying to climb the corporate ladder as a Black woman, and I wanted to be sure the person I spoke to “got it".
Several hours later, exhausted and disappointed, I took a nap and when I woke up, it was clear to me what I needed to do next.
I knew that I couldn't have been the only high performing, successful woman of color out there, struggling to find the support she needed on her journey to figuring out what to do next.
I decided right then and there to put my 10+ years of HR experience to use and be the change I wanted to see. So, I bought a website, created a business plan and started Your Career Girl.
What Makes Me Different
Most career coaches focus on the basics: resumes and LinkedIn profiles. I use my 3E’s - Education, Empathy and Experience - to help top performing women of color focus on the highest level of career development: mindset, strategic goal setting, visibility and purpose.
I'm an HR leader who ACTUALLY knows what it takes to succeed in Corporate America. I am privy to the conversations going on behind closed doors. I have insight into the minds of recruiters, hiring managers, execs and business leaders. This has allowed me to support women as they secure $15,000, 45,000 and even $90,000 raises, break through their confusion and overwhelm and make huge career shifts, navigate the office politics so they can get promoted into senior leadership and get access to game changing career opportunities.