39 episodes

Every Black woman has a story to tell, and every story has a journey.
UNBOSSED goes deep into the stories, beyond the awards and attention, to highlight the known and those you need to know.
Host, Marquita Harris (ESSENCE's Senior Editor of Work and Money) dives into the professional and personal lives of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, self-starters and beyond. Let's talk about it - money, ambition, careers, entrepreneurship, debt and more.
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Every Black woman has a story to tell, and every story has a journey.
UNBOSSED goes deep into the stories, beyond the awards and attention, to highlight the known and those you need to know.
Host, Marquita Harris (ESSENCE's Senior Editor of Work and Money) dives into the professional and personal lives of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, self-starters and beyond. Let's talk about it - money, ambition, careers, entrepreneurship, debt and more.
Join the conversation. #unbossedpodcast

    Pay Me What You Owe Me!

    Pay Me What You Owe Me!

    August 13, 2020 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. We’ve armed ourselves with the education, experience, and energy to break glass ceilings and now it’s time our paychecks and growth track in our careers reflect as much—no excuses, no delays, no holds barred. On this episode, we're bringing you a full Black Women's Equal Pay Day compilation episode featuring Minda Harts, Juliette Jones, Lauren Simmons, Sherrell Dorsey, Arian Simone, Arlan Hamilton, and Dia Simms. Get your notebook and get inspired!

    • 36 min
    Mentorship is More Than A Buzzword, It's A Lifeline

    Mentorship is More Than A Buzzword, It's A Lifeline

    “Lift as you climb” are to live and work by. For Black women in the workplace, having mentors to reach out to is crucial. It is indeed a key ingredient for personal success. This week’s guests Vicki Chancellor,President of McDonald’s Operator’s National Advertising Fund; Elizabeth Campbell, McDonald’s Senior Director of Marketing and Cultural Engagement; Mary Blackford, founder of Market 7 and Pine-Sol Legacy Winner; Cassandra Lewis Brand Manager of PineSol and Shaunte Mears-Watkins VP of Marketing for Clorox. These women give a WEALTH of insight into how mentorship has helped them rise and what they are doing in their positions and communities to reach back for others.

    • 57 min
    How To Thrive In A “Dead” Industry Without Selling Your Soul

    How To Thrive In A “Dead” Industry Without Selling Your Soul

    Those who excel in life rarely do so by playing it safe. The same can be said for Noëlle Santos (@1st.noelle), the 33-year-old proprietress of the only bookstore in The Bronx, a community of over 1 million people. On this episode, Noëlle breaks down how she brought a bookstore home to her community in a time when many (mistakenly) thought indie bookstores weren’t thriving - and how she did it all without giving up even a little bit of her own interests, style, or convictions. (Bonus: There may or may not be a rap buried somewhere in this episode!) Use #UnBossedPodcast to tell us, what’s the goal you’re tunnel visioning toward like Noëlle?

    • 50 min
    A Successful Career in Advocacy Is Possible with the Right Moves

    A Successful Career in Advocacy Is Possible with the Right Moves

    Very rarely do most consider that advocacy work can be a full 9 to 5 career choice. Janaye Ingram, Airbnb’s Director of National Partnerships knows better than anyone that her commitment to community and advocacy work is more than simply serving a weekend a month. From serving as an Americorps VISTA, to working with the National Action Network under Reverend Al Sharpton, to her time as Miss New Jersey - speaking and driving important initiatives across the state and country, Ingram has built a career that centers making a positive impact on the community while driving organizational and company goals forward. Let us know what you think of the episode using #UnBossedPodcast.

    • 44 min
    How Do You Keep Your Business Afloat During A Crisis?

    How Do You Keep Your Business Afloat During A Crisis?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered many a business since it influenced a nationwide shutdown in March 2019. It’s struck fear in the heart’s of small business owners whether they’re brand new or have been open for a long time. Melba’s Restaurant (@melbasharlem) in Harlem has found its way through the pandemic, not unscathed but not closed for good either. How did its founder and namesake, Melba Wilson navigate the unsure waters of a pandemic? What keys can be learned for what’s to come? Check out the episode to hear how this beloved Harlem restaurateur is placing faith over fear and fighting for her community in this episode. Use #UnBossedPodcast to let us know what you think of the episode.

    • 35 min
    You Don’t Always Need Investor Dollars To Start Your Business

    You Don’t Always Need Investor Dollars To Start Your Business

    Are investments the best or easiest way to start a business? It's debatable. What's certain is that with the right preparation, planning, and love from your community you can build a thriving business. Just ask Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon (@drkeyhallmon), founder of thriving The Village Market (@thevillagemarketatl) in Atlanta, Georgia. On today’s episode Dr. Key breaks down how she decided to do something about the lack of Black businesses being showcased in Atlanta...without a single dollar of investor money, just donations from her own village. She also discusses how The Village Market has successfully pivoted during a global pandemic and national racial unrest. Keep listening after Dr. Key’s interview for another special Bonus Boss segment with Blackbird House founder, Brigid Coulter, sponsored by Pine-Sol.

    • 1 hr 22 min

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