35 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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    • 4.7, 127 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

    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
    Stop Apologizing For Monetizing Your Work!

    Stop Apologizing For Monetizing Your Work!

    A business isn’t successful if it isn’t profitable and too often women fear how they will be perceived if they ask for what their time and efforts are worth. But as this week’s guest, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche (@thebudgetnista) says, “the more you make, the more you can do.” And trust, she knows of what she speaks, having experienced financial setbacks and teaching others how to overcome them as she did. Now, she helms a series of businesses that serve women who want to become financially free. Keep on listening to hear her thoughts on getting paid for your service, saving for retirement, and ‘voting with your money’ and so much more. And stick around afterward [55:41] for our BONUS BOSS Segment with WestRiver Managing Director, Richelle Parham. Sponsored by Pine-Sol.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Play Your Position To Get Your Recognition

    Play Your Position To Get Your Recognition

    The greats aren’t the greats because they played it safe. They mastered their craft and became known for their mastery, much like this week’s guest, Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri). In this episode, the hitmaker producer gives real life anecdotes and advice on how to gain the respect you deserve in your field - including a DOPE come-to-Jesus moment with the legendary soul singer, Aretha Franklin. Get into it and I hope you’ve got a notebook ready! Use #UnBossedPodcast to let us know what you think of the episode!

    • 55 min
    Starting From The Bottom Still Deserves A Living Wage

    Starting From The Bottom Still Deserves A Living Wage

    For ages, we’ve accepted that to start from the bottom means to accept well beneath the pay you are worth.This week’s guest, Lauren Simmons (@lasimmons), is making it her mission to shed some light on financial best practices for young women. And she’s doing it with a wealth of experience and she’s not even 30 yet. At 25 she was the only Black woman and youngest trader on the New York Stock Exchange Floor - history-maker. And as you’ll hear, making history wasn’t necessarily her goal. Her career is marked by strategic choices - including advocating for herself to make more money while trading at the New York Stock Exchange. She’s got great tips and tricks for young women who want to take full control of their finances and their career paths.

    • 44 min
    Money Decisions + Family Business, How Do You Make It Work?

    Money Decisions + Family Business, How Do You Make It Work?

    We’re inundated with information about taking care of our personal finances but what can financial health look like for couples? Should couples use joint accounts? Should they keep their money separate? Who pays the bills? How much should a couple invest in their business? Today’s guests Codie Oliver and Tommie Oliver have made a name for themselves by creating Black Love - the acclaimed docu-series shining a spotlight on the nuances of love and relationships. They give a 360-degree look into their money decisions both as business partners and as husband and wife from how much to save to how to create more income streams. Use #UnbossedPodcast to chime in and let us know some of the money tips and tricks you use in your relationship!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

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!

YoungBoss474 ,

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!

1659802 ,

Great concept. The host is annoying though

I am now on my 3 episode and can barely make it through because of the uptalk nasal voice. I hate leaving a subpar review but she needs to listen back and reduce the corporate Kardashian speech and leading a question without repeating “Tell Me About..”, which gives more of a job interview manager and not a quality podcast host. Sorry but I had to be real.

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