Discover Your Talent Interview: Embrace the Moxie Within–Lori Robinson Talks Having No Apologies for Nurturing Big Dreams
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Don Hutcheson of Discover Your Talent podcast. I have to say, this was probably one of the best interviews I've had. Thank you for allowing me to share my talent and my passion for helping people through Corporate Moxie!
Here are some highlights:
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Lori has a clear memory from age three. “I saw a picture in a magazine and said, "I want to be a business woman." After college, she started at the bottom as a Human Resources assistant. Bumps, bruises, promotions and a master’s degree later, she founded Corporate Moxie on her own.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
The sudden passing of her mother when Lori was 35 brought the realization, “You’ve been pushing and pushing. You have to put some living in your life!” She earned a master’s in organizational leadership because she’d seen it was a missing element in the corporate world. “After that, everything changed.”
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Let’s face it’s never easy leaving the comforts of a job that you have had for many many many years. When you start feeling out of sorts and uncomfortable, you have to pay close attention to those feelings. Your comfort zone is no longer comfortable for you and you have to start weighing the pros and cons of why you are the still there.
Remember, no one is responsible for your peace of mind or your happiness. Whatever your reason for leaving make sure you are happy and that you are ready. Others will try and interject themselves in your decision because they are narrow minded and have no idea it is not about them. News flash, just because someone leaves does not mean they are not happy with the company, it simple means they are moving on.
Saying all that, here are a few steps to take when you have decided that sometime soon you will be exiting your current situation.
If you take these steps, you should set yourself up for respect as you leave. That’s what it is all about. We have all had that dream where we get everyone told off and leave with a digit in the air and wheels spinning out of the parking lot. Listen, if you want to discuss concerns and issues about the organization, request an exit interview. Word to the wise, come in with your concerns written out so that you don’t ramble and come off as just another disgruntled worker.
Sometimes you are not offered a platform to share concerns and leadership strategically tries to get you out with as little hoopla as possible. That’s okay because you are going to a bigger better opportunity. You are a Rock Star and by you leaving with class and dignity, you are already showing them what they will be missing. Go Moxie!
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!
You can follow Mary and Black Bride on and Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Eva. Jane. Bunkley! What can I say? She is spiritual and realistic. She is creative and a uber successful entrepreneur. She has worked with the most prominent such as Emmy nominated, Judge Hatchett Show, as well as President Jimmy Carter, Usher, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tichina Arnold, Jennifer Holliday, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Charles S. Dutton, Cicely Tyson, Creflo and Taffi Dollar and many others but yet remains very humble. She is a wife, a mother, and a beloved faithful friend.
How did the world come to know Eva Jane Bunkley?
Eva Jane Bunkely, the inventor of The Makeup Bullet, has been self-employed since 1996. During this time she was already a successful make-up artist and was a burgeoning producer. Eva Jane holds dear the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”. She is very strategic in her brand and built her freelance business by purposefully making connections one face at a time. She strategically worked for four years in production because she knew that it would benefit her filmmaking career.
In 2003, Eva Jane Bunkley, wrote, produced, and directed her first documentary, “My Mother Was A Butterfly”, which in 2008 won 1st place in the KingDomWood Film Festival. Which was added to her two yes TWO Emmy Awards for her make-up artistry. What a dynamic woman!
Where does her CONFIDENCE lie?
Eva Jane knew that she was on to something special, but like anything, it took a while to come to fruition because she would pick it up and put it back down. She also talked to someone who she felt would be excited about the product, and was not. She said this made her doubt her invention, but she eventually spoke to someone else and they were just as excited as she was, so she felt that she was on to something. With this, Eva Jane gave sage advice by saying that [paraphrased] "...Sometimes when people are not buying into your business, you may be talking to the wrong people."
What advice does Eva Jane have for entrepeneurs?
"Make sure your idea is marketable. There are a lot of things you can do and some of those things are not necessarily good business ideas. Some things we love to do will never be profitable; therefore, it’s a hobby."
Make-Up, writing, directing, and producing are ways she expresses her creativity, but she also developed her craft and was able to parlay her gifts into profitable businesses.
Eva Jane advises that you keep your day job and begin to work on your business, or idea before making it full time to 'test the market'. She reminds us all too often people see where they want to go, but they compare their journey to other’s journey, when they really need to keep reaching for their goals.
Also, you can’t expect success overnight. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Not everyone is against you like you might feel at times. You have to make sure you are talking to the right people and keep realistic expectations.
How she does she do it ALL?
Eva Jane says she stays spiritually in tune, strives for discipline, remains motivated, and has realistic expectations. Sounds like the perfect plan for success.
Oh yeah, I ‘ve got my Make-Up Bullet and everyone comments on how great my makeup looks! Now get yours at http://themakeupbullet.com/.