44 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.
Join the conversation. #unbossedpodcast

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    • Business
    • 4.7 • 138 Ratings

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

    Want To Be A Pioneer In Your Field? Good. Bring Others.

    Want To Be A Pioneer In Your Field? Good. Bring Others.

    Black women have been excellent in business for years but only recently have industries begun the slow shift to welcoming us as we climb the ranks. Bonita Stewart, Vice President of Global Partnerships at Google is one woman who has - as she calls it - “a mindset of not being othered.” Instead, she says, “I don’t mind being the pioneer but I won’t be the only one.” Her path to success in the tech world is marked by determination and close examples like her father. On this episode of UnBossed Bonita shares the lessons she’s learned as a trailblazer and the commitments she’s made to bringing others with her straight to the top.

    • 29 min
    The Real Cost of Entrepreneurship

    The Real Cost of Entrepreneurship

    We love when we get to dig into the stories of Black women who’ve demanded fair pay since...childhood and built thriving businesses serving their community from scratch. That’s right, childhood. Today’s guest, Sherrell Dorsey (@sherrell_dorsey), the founder of The Plug Daily - started getting paid from a little girl, and hasn’t accepted anything less than her full worth since. And her business - The Plug Daily - is a service that “investigates and reports on Black tech trends, stories, and breaking news with a rigor and analysis you won’t find elsewhere.” Data, diversity and quality journalism are the foundational tools Dorsey employs to make sure underserved and under-covered entrepreneurs and their companies get the shine they deserve amidst the technology boom. Keep listening to hear Sherrell’s story. #UnBossed Podcast

    • 47 min
    How To Turn Any Obstacle Into Opportunity

    How To Turn Any Obstacle Into Opportunity

    No matter what our career goals may be, we all strive for one thing - success! On today’s special episode of UnBossed, Monika Johnson - the Associate Vice President of Nationwide Financial, and Patrice Washington - Personal Finance Expert, each share how they’ve created their own blueprint. We tackled topics like discovering your true passion(s), when to make a career transition and the importance of discovering opportunities within obstacles.

    This episode of UnBossed is sponsored by Nationwide.

    • 37 min
    There Is Dignity In ALL Work

    There Is Dignity In ALL Work

    Whether you bus tables at a local restaurant or sit amongst the most influential policymakers in the nation, who you are matters. The work that you do matters. An incredible reminder of this truth is Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@ayannapressley) whose impressive political rise, commitment to radical Black joy, and creating systemic solutions to systemic issues have reinvigorated hope for so many. Keep listening to grab each and every gem she brought with her to UnBossed.

    Let us know what you think of this episode using #UnBossedPodcast!

    • 35 min
    We Don’t Have To Take What We’re Given

    We Don’t Have To Take What We’re Given

    Working harder and “leaning in” is simply not enough for US to earn the paychecks we deserve. This week, UnBossed is graced by the presence of Minda Harts (@mindaharts), author of the best-selling book, “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table”. The career revolutionary has experienced it all: from microaggressions to imposter syndrome - and she wants every Black woman to know that not only are we in demand, but we don’t have to take what we’re given.

    • 30 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

JuliW ,

Loving (while learning) this podcast

I listen to this podcast on Spotify, but I came over here to say how much I love this podcast. I’m so inspired by you and your guest’s journeys to success.
I started my own business and the steps that these women have taken to reach their goals inspires me to keep walking by faith.
I know the pandemic has altered EVERYTHING, but please find a way to continue your podcast. It is needed. Not just in these times but ALL the time. I really miss listening to your show.
So Thank you and good luck!!

Juli Worthington
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dseuphoria ,

Love, love, love!!!

Marquita keeps it real and is very relatable. As a black woman entrepreneur I really feel like the questions that she asks in the interviews are helpful and often applicable to things I am facing or know that I will in the future. Keep being you sis!

AJH474 ,

UnBossed is killing it!

I love how thoughtful it seems you are about who you have on your show. The questions are thoughtful and every episode is so inspiring. These women have GREAT stories.

PLEASE keep it up! We love to see it!

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