PULL UP

I was on a video call for a community committee when my world started crashing. I had just spent the past 48 hours along with the rest of black America facing the reality that another unarmed African American had been murdered. This was on the heels of the murder of a black woman killed in…

Cycles

In the fall of 2015, I had used my assertiveness to land myself in a new role within the organization. I was nervously optimistic about the possibilities. I still have the text message I received from the executive vice president of Strategy for the company. “Saw the announcement. HUGE leap! Congratulations! Good luck. #Impressive” I…

A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 25-year-old me, Your life has dramatically changed. You just had your first child. It’s a boy! His name is Akil. You probably will not find this letter because you spend most of your time getting up every two or three hours to feed your baby. Half of the time you are sleep walking. Reading…

Brag On Yourself

It was 8 o’clock in the morning. We were all gathering for a one-day meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine. The conference room overlooked beautiful Frenchman’s Bay. Everyone greeting one another as the tapping sounds of food being placed on plates in the buffet line filled the room. It was my first all Director’s meeting. Although…