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How Benita Abraham

02 Oct How This Woman Reminds Us Why It’s Important to Celebrate Our Wins

Originally posted on TheLifeCurrency.com

 

Do you remember how you felt when you received your first job offer from a company you’ve been wanting to work for? Some of us celebrate with dinner and others might enjoy a nice glass of brew. Despite how we decide to treat ourselves, no job celebration can top what Benita Abraham did for herself when she was offered her dream job in health administration.

Preparing For Your Job Review to Get The Raise You Deserve

16 Aug Preparing For Your Job Review to Get The Raise You Deserve

Originally posted on The Life Currency:

 

One of the hardest and most challenging things that you’ll have to do in your career is to negotiate your salary, and for women, it can be a daunting task. According to the Atlantic, “Men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both, even though there’s no difference in the quality of their performance.” It’s challenging because it’s uncomfortable to talk about money, but it’s vital conversation to have because you don’t want to sell yourself short. The worse feeling to have is when you take an offer and realize that you are making significantly lower than what you should be making. Stop leaving money on the table, and use your mid-year review as an opportunity to negotiate the salary you deserve. Here are some tips to gain the most from your mid-year review:

Even Oprah Had to Turn Some Lemons Into Lemonade

27 Jul Even Oprah Had to Turn Some Lemons Into Lemonade

This past 4th of July weekend, I had the chance to attend ESSENCE Fest for the first time. It was down to the wire, but my flight, lodging and concert tickets all came together in the nick of time. I was steadfast and determined to attend this year and I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew the reputation would precede itself. An estimated,450,000 people were in New Orleans for the three-day event and they were in for a treat like I was. As soon as I arrived in the Big Easy, the grapevine was saying that Queen O (that’s Oprah Winfrey) would touch the ESSENCE Fest stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. I couldn’t believe that I would have the chance to be in the same room as the media mogul and hear her divulge life hacks and quote for me to use for added inspiration.

Why You Can't Let People Count You Out

12 Jul Why You Can’t Let People Count You Out

In the last two NBA seasons, I’ve watched with the rest of the world as Stephen Curry has staked his claim as one of the world’s best basketball players. The two-time MVP wasn’t always the popular choice or the Bay Area’s hero. As a matter of fact, there were people who never expected or anticipated that the three-time NBA All Star point guard would be the league’s most popular player. Many people dismissed him and counted him out early in his basketball career, but with tenacity, perseverance and resiliency the Golden State Warrior star proved all of his naysayers wrong.  Steph is a great example of why you can’t let people count you out.

8 Things President Obama's Howard University Commencement Speech Reminded Me of My Postgraduate Journey

14 May 8 Things President Obama’s Howard University Commencement Speech Reminded Me of My Postgraduate Journey

November 4, 2008 would be a day I will never forget. I wrote about it in my first blog (pre-BrittneyOliver.com) on my experience during Election Day 2008. I was a college student attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. and that day was filled with glory when our nation’s first black president was elected. Eight years later, President Barack Obama delivered one of his last commencement speeches at my alma mater and that feeling I had on Election Day came back to me.

TIME Writer's Interview with POTUS

18 Apr TIME Writer Shares How it Felt to Interview the First Black President of the U.S.

Imagine being approached by your boss and asked if you could interview the President of the United States.  On February 29, Maya Rhodan walked into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and had the opportunity of a lifetime to interview our nation’s first Black President and the first Black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.  Can we say #GOALS?