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WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Bianca Thompson

WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Bianca Thompson

Bianca ThompsonSince 2003, she has spent most of her days in a uniform as a Paramedic/Firefighter employed with the Baltimore County Fire Department. Then in 2011, the Baltimore Times featured her in the article, “Baltimore County Paramedic Can Save Your Life and Your Wardrobe”.  Since then, B. Foxy has accessorized countless celebrities for television and award shows including the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmys. In 2012, she made her way into the history books when she was promoted to EMS Lieutenant, making her the 1st African American woman to ever achieve rank in the history of the department.


If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?

Firstly books, because they are a practical, less expensive, and convenient way to expand your horizon, gain knowledge, and spark your imagination.  Also, meditation. Meditation is really the best kept secret.  It develops the ability to silence your mind to tune out the world. When you do that, you tap into your full potential and ground your spriritual connection to the universe/GOD which helps to bring a lot of things into perspective and allow you to recognize what’s useful and what’s not on your journey to success.

What tips can you recommend that you’d only share with a close friend (and everyone reading this blog)?

I am the type that I will share valuable information with anyone who is seeking it.  A few tips are: 1. Absolutely, positively, at all times, believe in yourself no matter what or who will doubt or test you. 2. Surround yourself with like minds and people who are smarter and more talented than you; you become who you associate with. 3. Relax, lighten up, and enjoy the journey daily. Don’t just focus on the end result but each moment the leads up to it.
What are three life memories you recall most frequently and why?
There’s one memory that stands out the most frequently for me.  When I was promoted to Lieutenant in the Baltimore County Fire Department.  I am the 1st African American female to be promoted in the history of the department.  It is a constant reminder that if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.
Continue to Run Your Race

Continue to Run Your Race

I’m sure there have been times when you have been a roll, a stretch of good “luck” that almost seemed too good to be true and then tragedy strikes. What happens next is where the rubber meets the road. Do you dust yourself off and figure out what happened and most importantly what you can learn from the experience or do you last there battered and bruised looking for salt water to put into your wound so you can tell everyone how much pain you are in? Listen to me…it doesn’t matter that you have fallen mid-stride during the race. Why? Because you are already further ahead than you world be if you had remained at the starting line. Give yourself some credit for getting into the race. Give yourself a high five for being brave enough to start. Failure will happen and it will be painful but you can’t grow if you don’t learn from your failure. Learn from the pain and get yourself up off the floor and finish the race.

With love,

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WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Tamara Stallings (Part 2)

WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Tamara Stallings (Part 2)

Tamara Stallings

Here’s Part 2 from Tamara Stallings, Leadership Coach for Gen X’ers and Millennial’s – aka The Young & Fabulous. Tamara Stallings is a Leadership Coach, Millennial Expert, Career Strategist and the brains behind go B Great. A highly successful career strategist who has dedicated twenty years of strategizing, creating best in class leadership initiatives and serving as a Senior Human Resources practitioner with some of the best and brightest leaders, global organizations and individuals around the world.

Looking out 3 to 5 years, beyond the obvious trends, what do you think will be the next big change in your industry?
I hope that people will demand and strive for career happiness.  When I hear people say that they’ve been with an employer for a long time yet in the same breath complain about the work, the boss, the environment, or the lack of opportunities, I cringe. Life is so precious and spending one day in a job or career that does not offer joy is so 1990’s.  It is past time to put career happiness back on the map.  How else will you B Great if you’re not in the space that allows that greatest to shine? Employers want to hire niche experts not generalist.  Many companies are doing more with less, given that, organizations are looking for candidates with a specialty, for example Project Management or Change Management.  If you fit in the generalist category, it may be time to assess your skills, figure out what you do well and focus on being the best at it.

What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your darkest hour?

When I was a little girl, I learned a song in church and it is based on Isaiah 40:31.  The chorus of that song (and the scripture) says “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on the wings like an eagle. They shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord how to wait.  This passage reminded me that things would not always be this way and that I need to hold on joyfully.  Soon, I would be soaring as an eagle. That got me excited!

“Five Years from today” is a motto that I live my life by and, it is how I make MAJOR decisions.  In my darkest hour, I asked myself, “Will I regret this decision that I’m about to make five years from today?”  Asking myself this question allowed me to make the decision that I had to make confidently.

I told myself, “Sometimes you just gotta go all out and put two sugars in your coffee.”  Corny I know, but I internally embraced this motto when I wasn’t sure about something, started to let fear get in the way or started to overthink an idea, or a product.  If there were no blaring “don’t do it” signals, I put aside fear and went with it. I believe that if more of us start to live like we only have one life to live, we’d be more fulfilled.

What are three life memories you recall most frequently and why?
Recently, I started consulting at a company at the same time as a new hire.  We worked together for two months and a few days before Christmas, he became sick and died.  He was fairly young.  Shocked was an understatement, especially during the holidays.  His untimely death is a reminder to me that EVERYDAY, I must live the life that I was created to live and not sit idly.

Deciding to move to DC after a two day visit.  I had never been to DC before, but I knew (with every fiber of my being ) as I sat at Howard University’s Homecoming football game, that making the decision to go home to LA, pack my bags and return to DC to become a student at Howard University was exactly what I was supposed to do.  It was one of the most freeing, yet terrifying decisions that I have ever made.

After interviewing with six different companies while unemployed once, I was offered jobs by all six employers.  I had to know why they decided to hire me. They all said that I had exceptional interviewing skills and that I sold the value that I would bring effortlessly.  It was at that point, the light bulb came on and I begin to teach others how to interview to get the job and navigate the world of world successfully.

WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Tamara Stallings (Part 1)

WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight Series – Tamara Stallings (Part 1)

Tamara Stallings
Tamara Stallings, Leadership Coach for Gen X’ers and Millennial’s – aka The Young & Fabulous. Tamara Stallings is a Leadership Coach, Millennial Expert, Career Strategist and the brains behind go B Great. A highly successful career strategist who has dedicated twenty years of strategizing, creating best in class leadership initiatives and serving as a Senior Human Resources practitioner with some of the best and brightest leaders, global organizations and individuals around the world.

What are the three biggest benefits you offer to your target audience and why?

Solid career planning– Career planning can get complicated for many reasons.  My role as a coach is to simplify things and partner with you to get clear on your life’s calling and focus on forward momentum.  I create a comfortable space for exploration, help unblock what’s holding you back from making progress, offer suggestions of adjustments, and support you in your growth.  Our sessions are designed to lead with your agenda and help you stay accountable to your goals.  When we both show up to focus on your career advancement, it turns into some pretty powerful stuff.

1:1, Group Coaching and Mentorship Mastermind Seminars -Designed to package the professional for the future—There is an art and science to REAL career happiness.  Planning for a six figure salary, fulfillment beyond money and working in such a way that is far beyond a nine to five is what we all should be striving for.  Monthly I host small group conversations with industry professionals, who are eager to connect with the B Greater community.

Personal Brand Development– Branding is what people say about when you’re not in the room.  If you’re not sure what people are saying about you, I can assure you, they are not saying nice things.  A strong personal brand is a powerful strategy that can do wonders for your career.  I was offered a job after interviewing with the recruiter over the phone.  This was a global government contracting organization.  An employee submitted my resume to the company using the “internal” job posting process.  This particular company’s philosophy was, if an internal employee vouched for the candidate by submitting their resume, then they must be great.  Resumes submitted through an employee automatically was granted an interview.  I literally had a phone interview on Friday night at 7pm and by Monday morning I had a job offer letter in my inbox.

What are the top 3 questions asked by your [customers, readers, followers]?

  1. Why/How do I use a career expert? I tell job seekers and clients who desire to change their career, there is only so much knowledge of how to polish your resume, cover letters that get the attention of a hiring manager and savvy networking at your disposal.  Having an experienced career coach who focuses on your true desires will ensure that you land in the best matched job that you will enjoy and thrive in.
  2. I am unhappy and unfulfilled in my current career, how do I get out? The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re not willing to stay where you are. The rest is about strategy, timing and a well-designed plan.
  3. Are you affordable? Why yes, I am. What I know for sure is that if you want to be successful in your career, you can’t afford not to hire a trained and experienced career expert. The return on investment that you get from working with me results my clients in job promotions, salary increases, networking opportunities and career fulfillment.

If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?

Wow, they’re so many out there. A few of my favorite books are:

Knowing Your Value:  Women, Money and Getting What Your Worth by Mika Brzezinski. I love this book for its truth and lessons that we all can learn about how women can achieve their desired recognition and financial worth.

The Dip by Seth Godin—it’s a little book that teaches you when to quit and when to stick with it. I learned so much from reading this book and I learned how to happily quit the things that I needed to quit. Life changing I tell ya!

And, my forth coming book titled, They Had the Nerve to Lay You Off: Lessons I learned from Getting Laid Off.  My book offers tips, inspiration and survival techniques for the unemployed, underemployed or soon to be downsized.

I also love Inc Magazine and Fast Company. You can learn so much about global business issues, technology, creativity and leadership principles. You can’t help but to be successful staying in the know.  These magazines will help you to do so.

What tips can you recommend that you’d only share with a close friend (and everyone reading this blog)?

I believe that you can be whatever you want to be if you’re driven and hungry enough to go after it, have the right mentors, motivators and work hard. I attended Howard University at the age of 30, after spending time in the military. I knew that higher education would change the trajectory of my career and it did.  I went from making $27,000 to six figures in 6 years.  No it was not easy but it was worth every tear that I shed and every late night spent at the library.

Life and work has a way of getting your attention. You had better pay attention because that thing will keep knocking and knocking and knocking until you have no choice but to pay attention. Your intuition is the best thing that you have going for you. Trust it.

To be continued next week….
WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight – Chere Cofield

WYP2015 Speaker Spotlight – Chere Cofield

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Chere Cofield is the Founder and CEO of Chere Cofield International, LLC, a health and wellness company that focuses on the total person, from the outward appearance to the inner core of a person with special focus on Stress management. She is a featured speaker at the Work Your Package Women’s Conference on March 28 and sure to provide tips you can put into action immediately to reduce the amount of stress in your life.


What benefit you offer to your target audience and why?

I help my clients to manage stress effectively so they live longer, have a happy, healthy, harmonious lifestyle, and not sweat the small things that come about in life

What are the top 3 questions asked by your [customers, readers, followers]?

What is stress?, How do I reduce stress in my life?, What inspired you to help others manage their stress?

If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?

Books – The Crash that Altered my Life, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, What’s Really Holding You Back? These books motivated me and got me through some rough patches in my life.
Coaches – Cheryl Wood because she empowers me and other women all over the world to keep pushing keep working and walk in my purpose

What tips can you recommend that you’d only share with a close friend (and everyone reading this blog)?

Don’t settle. If you want it go get it. Never accept no as the final answer. No just means not now.

What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your darkest hour?

“You are your brand, Represent it well and at all times” “Someone else has gone through your trial and survive, they are waiting to hear your message, don’t quit now” Girl, who told you your journey would be easy?, If it were easy everyone would be doing it”

What are three life memories you recall most frequently and why?

First, the birth of my sons because I will never know love at first sight like that every again in my life. Second, the death of my father 5 years ago at the age of 59 years old from a heart attack because it reminds me that time waits for no man. We are not promised the next minute of life. If today was my last day on this earth, I want to know I have no regrets or I “wish-I-hads”. Third, I recall my emotional and financial crash after my divorce because it reminds me what I’ve been through and the strength I had to have to overcome and become the successful woman I am today.