Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel discussion at my Alma Mater, Clemson University for the university's student diversity initiative. First, it was an honor and a privilege to be asked to be on a panel that was filled with very accomplished Alumni. As panelists, we were able to give student's an 'insider's peek' into the 'real world' with our individual experiences with life after graduation as well as share how we've met challenging situations in diverse working environments with perseverance (my favorite definition of Moxie).
I was very impressed with the students and their questions of us. We really wanted to make sure that they were prepared for internships and careers. There were a couple of points that I made, specifically as a Hiring Manager that I wanted to share to my Moxie friends.
Networking – it’s critical to develop contacts and connect with a varied group of people - especially in a college setting when it's easy to get in a comfort zone and only hang out with people of sameness or like interests. That has the potential to limit you and your opportunities. I also stressed the importance of starting to network while in school. Sending out a plethora of resumes is a common strategy that will eventually yield a job. However, a recommendation from an acquaintance is more likely to yield a more promising career.
Social Media – This is a big one! You have to be careful of what you are posting because employers are trying to find out as much as they can about you before they make an offer. Posting offensive images or language could put you at risk of not receiving job offers. And I would know because I Am a Hiring Manager!
Taking these two tips to heart can make a difference, not only during your college career but in the real working world too. It was fun giving back and connecting with friends I have not seen in a while. I look forward to spreading My Moxie at other upcoming events so stay tuned!
You finally get the meeting you've been praying for and all the important players will be there. You want to let them all know you are ready for the next level.
You cannot approach this meeting like you have approached other meetings. Your only desire cannot be to simply obtain the information that is provided, however it must be to leave a lasting professional impression that speaks volumes about who you are and your confidence to get the job done.
Here is what you should do:
Here’s a tip. Mirror the level of those that are a position or two above you or whom you are meeting with. This lets them know know you are engaged with the total company vision and direction
Don’t look at another meeting as a boring block of time that keeps you from doing other things. Look at it as an opportunity to display your professional style and engagement. Looking the part can only work in your favor, however, not looking the part will definitely be a topic of discussion. Like anything, don’t just stumble in to things, plan and strategize. Set a goal of making a positive mark, so that you can begin to strategically realize your corporate advancement.
Below are some of my pics from some of my favorite stores, Ann Taylor, New York & Company and White House | Black Market.
Enjoy and let your Moxie Style lead the way!
Mary Chatman serves as the CEO & President of BlackBride.com and the Editorial Director of Black Bride Magazine which just launched in September 2014. Since taking over the company in late 2010 through acquisition, the Black Bride brand has grown internationally and is the go-to source for wedding inspiration for soon-to-be brides & grooms.
You are a very busy woman. What are you currently working on?
We just launched our digital magazine and we're gearing up for a phenomenal 2015. I am working on channeling reciprocity. I
am looking to continue to connect with others, and fostering new partnerships. We have the beautiful Olympic Track and Field World Champion, Sanya Richards Ross as our cover bride and we've shared some of her pictures with Corporate Moxie!
When did you dare to start a digital magazine?
I always planned to revive the Black Bride digital magazine, but I had reservations. This was something new and although I wanted to start the magazine, the timing had to be right. Now was the time and just like I produced my first major bridal show with no experience, I did it anyway. I had reservations about it, but I refused to give into fear. My husband reminded me that I had never been fearful in the past when facing challenges. No one goes it alone. With the tireless help of the amazing team at Black Bride, we did it! I'm surrounded by gladiators who are committed to the BB movement, and love what they do!
Tell me about Black Bride.
The brand is doing well. We are constantly creating new ideas to help set us apart in the industry. We have been approached by various entities regarding the Black Bride brand, and we are excited about all that's in store in the new year! Our new digital magazine is chocked full of amazing bridal inspiration for all brides. Our After The Aisle section for couples beyond the I do's is growing so we are enjoying sharing content to help couples sustain marriage after-all, the real work happens after the wedding. After The Aisle shares family, and maternity photos, encourages togetherness, and speaks to successful marriages.
When did you discover your Moxie?
Ever since I acquired Black Bride, I have been advised to change the name. Many felt that the name was limiting. The perception was that Black Brides were not as savvy and do not spend the same amount of money on their wedding as their counter-parts. We don't see the name Black Bride, as limiting. It's simply serving a niche market. We're proud to be in the same vein with strong company names like, BET (Black Entertainment Television), Black Girls Rock, Black Enterprise, and Black Girls Run. It's my way of giving back in our community, and especially to women of color. We love doing our part to dispel the myth that women of color aren't getting married. That's My Moxie!
What advice do you have for women in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s who think it’s too late?
Ignore what society says, and all the man made cliches. Embrace your uniqueness and feel good about being a seasoned woman. Do what makes you feel good. Whatever makes you feel good, go with that. You should not deny your dreams. No one wants to live with regret.
Mary is dedicated and barely gets any sleep. You know what they say, success never sleeps. Mary has
a genuine concern for others. Also make sure you check out the preview issue of the magazine Mary so graciously shared with our Moxie Readers. Tell your friends and please subscribe to Black Bride Magazine today!
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