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The First-Gen Lounge is the FIRST podcast of its kind--highlighting the experiences of first-gens. It is a place where we, first-generation college graduates, come to kick it and talk honestly about this thing called life and entrepreneurship. You’ll cry. You’ll laugh. You’ll grow… and you’ll be inspired while listening to motivating stories and valuable lessons from fellow first-gens. In every session, you’re going to get practical strategies for becoming the best version of yourself. From entrepreneurship, mentorship, career and graduate school advice, boosting productivity, finances, networking, facing adversity, disappointment, and being of service and changing the world around you —we chat about it all (you can expect quite a few laughs, too)! More importantly, here YOU WILL find a strong community that will encourage you to keep growing each day—we’re people who break barriers and defy the odds but understand there is still much ahead of us; therefore, leaning on, and learning from, each other is what we do. So, go ahead and grab a seat, get real comfortable, and join the conversations every Thursday at 9pm EST! Learn more at www.evehudsonphd.com/lounge #TheFirstGenLounge
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The First-Gen Lounge Eve Hudson, Ph.D.

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The First-Gen Lounge is the FIRST podcast of its kind--highlighting the experiences of first-gens. It is a place where we, first-generation college graduates, come to kick it and talk honestly about this thing called life and entrepreneurship. You’ll cry. You’ll laugh. You’ll grow… and you’ll be inspired while listening to motivating stories and valuable lessons from fellow first-gens. In every session, you’re going to get practical strategies for becoming the best version of yourself. From entrepreneurship, mentorship, career and graduate school advice, boosting productivity, finances, networking, facing adversity, disappointment, and being of service and changing the world around you —we chat about it all (you can expect quite a few laughs, too)! More importantly, here YOU WILL find a strong community that will encourage you to keep growing each day—we’re people who break barriers and defy the odds but understand there is still much ahead of us; therefore, leaning on, and learning from, each other is what we do. So, go ahead and grab a seat, get real comfortable, and join the conversations every Thursday at 9pm EST! Learn more at www.evehudsonphd.com/lounge #TheFirstGenLounge
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    Fall 2021: Session 190 (Black Talent Matters: Why Diversity and Inclusion is a Struggle in Corporate America with Anastaisia Talton)

    Fall 2021: Session 190 (Black Talent Matters: Why Diversity and Inclusion is a Struggle in Corporate America with Anastaisia Talton)

    According to a 2020 report by MarketWatch, only 3.7% of Google workers were Black, less than 4% at Facebook, and 7.5% at Uber. The primary argument behind this heartbreaking statistic is the notion among corporate executives that finding capable Black talent is a challenge. It’s not clear whether they even looked at all, they didn’t know where to look, or that they didn’t look hard enough. All we know is that some things need to change. 
    Furthermore, when it comes to promoting Black leaders, the process is often reactive and not intentional. For example, the Black Lives Matter movement left shareholders rushing to promote long-serving Black employees based primarily on societal pressure. Unfortunately, this approach often causes problems when society demands a sense of urgency and the organization settles for an unqualified candidate. Yes, Black talent matters, but it should be the right talent at the right time and for the right reasons. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/190 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/


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    • 32 min
    Fall 2021: Session 189 (Why Entrepreneurs Need to Target the Right Audience with Latrice Sampson Richardson)

    Fall 2021: Session 189 (Why Entrepreneurs Need to Target the Right Audience with Latrice Sampson Richardson)

    Do Black people support each other? The answer to this hugely subjective question is both yes and no. First, Black people do support each other. In fact, they don’t just care about their families; they also care about the communities they live in. However, people in business who say Black people don't support each other often target the wrong audience. They complain that their families and friends do not support their hustle when, in fact, their products or services don't address their needs.
    It's no secret; businesses that help and support other people will always attract an audience that supports them the same way. But, as a business person, it's unfair to depend on family and friends to be your customers. Entrepreneurs need to find the people who are most in need of their product or service and create a mutual relationship where customers spend money on things they actually need, and the business gets to allocate resources to the right efforts. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/189 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/

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    • 35 min
    Fall 2021: Session 188 (What It Means to Be A First-Generation American and Entrepreneur with Dr. Argelis Ortiz)

    Fall 2021: Session 188 (What It Means to Be A First-Generation American and Entrepreneur with Dr. Argelis Ortiz)

    According to the Kauffman Index, more than 27% of entrepreneurs in the US are immigrants despite representing only 13.5% of the population. Furthermore, 43% of the companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list were founded or co-founded by first or second-generation immigrants. This data speaks volumes about their ability to overcome obstacles, create a life for themselves, and successfully achieve the American dream. But the question is, why is it that immigrants tend to be more entrepreneurial? Interestingly, most first-gens overcome almost similar obstacles. Patience and resilience come naturally to them, and starting with nothing demands more discipline, flexibility, and persistence than everyone else. Yet, these adversities make first-gens tough and often increases their chances of success. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/188 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/
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    • 31 min
    Fall 2021: Session 187 (Why You Need to Apply For a Scholarship with Aleanya Moore)

    Fall 2021: Session 187 (Why You Need to Apply For a Scholarship with Aleanya Moore)

    Did you know that in the US, only 0.3% of students get full-ride college scholarships? With such short odds, it can seem like there’s no point in applying for scholarships. Add that to how stressful the application processes can be, applying for scholarships can seem like additional stress that students would rather live without. However, there’s nothing quite fulfilling as going through college, getting a degree, and launching a career without having to spend a cent from your pocket. And it gets better when a person starts earning without worrying about student loans. As parents, mentors, elder siblings, we have a duty to talk to high schoolers about the benefits of getting a scholarship. And a lot of times, all this starts with getting good grades and taking high school more seriously. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/09/187 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.


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    • 30 min
    Fall 2021: Session 186 (How to Find and Close a Gap In The Market with Dr. Shariva White)

    Fall 2021: Session 186 (How to Find and Close a Gap In The Market with Dr. Shariva White)

    The one thing that’s consistent among all successful businesses is not their ability to attract customers; it’s the ability to spot and fill gaps in the market. Every successful business out there serves a specific market gap. And the reason they’re successful is that they create a business that provides unique and necessary products or services to willing buyers. Sadly, most aspiring first-gen entrepreneurs think too broadly when trying to close a gap in the market when the reality is it’s always better to think small when it comes to gaps in the market. The more specific a market, the more likely an entrepreneur will be able to target them effectively. Nevertheless, the market must be big enough to sustain growth and create demand. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/09/186 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.
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    • 28 min
    Fall 2021: Session 185 (Why Leaving a Corporate Job Might Be a Good Decision with Dr. Natalie Nagthall)

    Fall 2021: Session 185 (Why Leaving a Corporate Job Might Be a Good Decision with Dr. Natalie Nagthall)

    There are numerous benefits to working a corporate job. The job is often pretty well defined; employees boast a fairly good salary, health insurance, and for the most part, they don't have to worry about work once they leave the office. Sounds great, right? However, Gallup reports that only 30% of Americans are actively engaged at work. Which means most Americans wake up unhappy each morning thinking of quitting their job. Many people dream about leaving behind corporate life, but few actually make the leap. Making that massive leap comes with risks few are willing to take. The idea of giving up a steady paycheck leaves many people paralyzed with doubt of what the future holds. Yet, working just for the paycheque is not sustainable. Life is far too valuable to waste on something you don't like. 
    Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/185. Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Grab your #firstgen goodies: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/. Join The Evingerlean Worldwide Family: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/family/.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Valuable Content!

Dr. Hudson does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

OnlyAndForever ,

Inspirational, Energetic and Real

As a new business owner this podcast really speaks to me. Dr. Eve is raw and real in her encouragement of first-gens and business owners. It was honestly kind of the podcast I never knew I needed, I can not wait for more. Giving honest advice with energy and purpose behind it. It feels like a conversation with a knowledgeable friend and that is amazing.

Zpher16 ,

Raw, Honest, and Genuine

It seems like a lot of podcasts, especially ones that try to give life advice, don’t come from a genuine place. This podcast does, and does in spades.

I will actually use what I’ve learned while listening, which isn’t something I can say for every podcast I listen to. The First-Gen Lounge is great, and I’m excited to keep coming back to hear more.

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