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Career Development Sessions Wrap-Up

Navigating identity and career as a BIPOC professional

In February, UW Alumni Association and Othello-UW Commons collaborated on a four-session event focused on empowering BIPOC alumni in their career journeys. Each session featured a different BIPOC expert in their field who touched on topics affecting people of color as they navigate the realities of the modern workforce. Real people, real issues, real talk.


“The Only”

Speaker: Aiko Bethea
What does advancing in leadership look like for BIPOC professionals? How do you thrive in a work environment where you feel like “The Only” in a room? Executive coach and world-renowned speaker Aiko Bethea shared how she has successfully navigated leadership roles as a woman of color and how to carve your own path as a leader. This session included a moderated Q&A.

Connect with Aiko Bethea on LinkedIn.

Check out her Medium article, “My Letter of Love and Care to The Onlys: 5 Practices and Beliefs that Keep Me Centered in Self-Love.”

You can also listen to Aiko’s appearance on Brené Brown’s podcast:
Part 1 — The Heart of Hard Conversations
Part 2 — Creating Transformative Cultures


Storytelling as a Career Asset

Speaker: Sylvia Artiga Monreal
The most dreaded and predictable part of the job interview is when you hear, “Tell me about yourself.” But what if you had a clear idea of how to share your strengths, identity, and potential? Storytelling is how we make sense of the world, and narrative intelligence is the ability to leverage the psychological power of story to change behavior and inspire action. This workshop discussed storytelling as a key tool to your career journey and provide a framework for developing your own professional narrative.

Connect with Sylvia Artiga Monreal on LinkedIn.


Demystifying DEI Recruiting

Speakers: Ebonee Anderson and William Wiggins
Attendees got an insider’s perspective from a panel of human resources leaders on how to best navigate the hiring and recruitment processes as BIPOC job seekers. Speakers shared helpful hints on how to spot companies that offer holistic hiring practices and industry terminology to add to your vocabulary as you search for your perfect fit, with the goal of finding an employer that does more than talk the talk when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Connect with Ebonee Anderson on LinkedIn.


Connect with William Wiggins on LinkedIn.

Check out his article, “What You Won’t Hear at the Diversity Task Force Meeting.”


Self-Preservation in the Workplace

Speaker: Jodi-Ann Burey
Self-care isn’t all massages and cucumber water. This webinar confronted the real cultural challenges facing BIPOC professionals, while providing useful strategies to balance workplace experiences and authentic self.

Visit Jodi-Ann Burey’s website.

Watch her TEDx Talk, “The myth of bringing your full, authentic self to work.”


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