What will take the Black community out of our current situation? Bottom-up or top-down approach. The populist approach or elitist approach. This question has been haunting me for a few years. Yet, I never reach an answer I am happy with. On the one hand, my humble upbringing could mean I prefer a grassroots approach. On the other hand, my Columbia MBA would make me more of an elitist.
For Black History month, one of my previous employers invited me to come for a fireside chat. I was conflicted at first. Firstly, about 2 months ago I told myself that it was over. I had enough of pouring my heart out in front of people to “educate” them or give them a good story to share during the next dinner party. But I am also deeply committed to my community. So could I say no to this Black Employee Network programming their BHM celebrations?
Happy New Year! Today, my special guest is Peace Alima. She lives in London and was born in Uganda. She is an amazing yoga teacher. Such a great guest to finalize our Kwanzaa celebrations. She shared wisdom, and great tips to be in tune with yourself. It felt like a mental yoga session. Listen to her point of views on Faith, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Phalakone Mysay. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter. He is an Author and an Entrepreneur in Real Estate and eCommerce. He lives by his motto of “Make it Happen”. And indeed he has been making it happen for more than a decade. After arriving broke in Canada, he is a self made millionaire, who is only getting started. Listen to his original point of views on Creativity, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Geraldine Moodley. She lives in Amsterdam and was born in South Africa. She is and International Adviser & Trainer. She is one of the most knowledgeable person i know on the topic of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Listen to her sharp point of views on “Purpose”, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Tony Webb. He lives in London and comes from Jamaica . He is the founder of Brandeavour. He is a powerhouse of ideas and stays authentic in everything he does. My favorite quote from Tony is “I wake up in the morning and decide what I want to do”. Listen to his point of views on “Cooperative economics”, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Kemo Camara, from Guinea. He lives in Amsterdam with his family. He is the founder of Omek. Founded in 2019, Omek is designed to make connections and collaboration simple for the African diaspora professional and their allies. Listen to his point of views on Collective Work and Responsibility, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Andrew Monu, from Nigeria. He lives in London with his 2 kids and his lovely wife. He is a powerhouse. Driven in his personal and professional life. A passionate advocate for Diversity Equity & Inclusion. Listen to his point of views on Self-Determination, Race, Negotiation and much more.
Today, my special guest is Linh Vu. She lives in Paris and spends time in Vietnam, where her business also has an office. She is a confident negotiator, with a high level of self awareness. Listen to her point of views on Unity, Race, Negotiation and much more.
In a more and more polarised world, I am thinking What The Fu*k! and almost more importantly, Why the Fu*k! Is it too much to ask people to share points of view, seek first to understand, challenge yourself, sleep on it, make your opinion, and repeat?