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WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

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Global-trotting humanitarian and ambassador, Karen Arrington is in the speaker spotlight this week. Her nickname is the “Queen of Service”. Between creating the nation’s first scholarship pageant for African American women and co-founding the first Diabetes Awareness Day in Gambia, she leaves not question why the nickname fits. Go grab your coffee and tea and take some time to meet Karen Arrington:

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?

When I look back on my life and choices, I realize that it was all a part of God’s plan for me. Everything I went through prepared me for where I am today. My BFF used to tease me all the time because I was never at any job long. Going from job to job served me well.

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson?

I believe all my career choices served a purpose. God says “grow where you are planted”. Through the good and bad, I was elevated and promoted because my faith was greater than my fear.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?

Quitting my good government job. It was the most frightening and terrifying thing I’ve ever done with the biggest payoff.

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success?

Playing it safe. Stepping outside your comfort zone, which is where the magic is.

Who are you without your accolades?

Hands down, a woman of God and faithful servant.

Register today to meet Karen at the 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference.

www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

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Last year Tamara Stallings inspired and motivated conference attendees with a simple sentence, “It’s okay to have a job but it’s not okay to have a job you hate.” She is a career stylist and the type of woman that dispenses wisdom during every conversation. Grab a cup of coffee and get to know Tamara just a little better.

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now? I am and have always been eager and thirsty to understand my calling. Each portion of my journey has given me pieces…..crumbs if you will towards my unique destiny. My job was (and still is) to follow the bread crumbs. It has been a marathon…not a sprint. Yes, exhausting but if you’ve ever ran a marathon before (I’ve run 8) half marathons), even though you are tired, you don’t quit. You can’t quit. The last 20 years as an HR professional has exposed me to the many challenges that organizations and individuals face. Along the way, I found myself supporting the organizations that I worked for but I also found myself concerned about the people who show up for work every day. I found that many people were wearing masks. They were unhappy and it showed up in their work. The bottom line is, we have choices about the work that we do, about our happiness and if we choose to honor our true calling. I simply help you answer the phone.

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson? Believe it or not, working for bad managers. I have had the pleasure of working for and with really nasty, broken people. Lol. It was not pleasurable at the time, but the lessons that I’ve learned along the way, has helped me to be a better leader. See, I inherently believe that people want to do a good job and that people want to achieve success, so as a leader, my role is to help facilitate that. I block and tackle and set my team up for success and they in turn go above and beyond for me. Leadership is reciprocal.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken? The biggest risk I’ve taken, is making a decision to move from Los Angeles to DC during a Howard Homecoming football game. I’d never been to DC, but in that moment in 1997, during the 3rd quarter, I was CRYSTAL CLEAR that God was calling me to Pivot, so I did. I went back to LA, sold my stuff and was back in DC two weeks later. Three degrees and my own company later…..

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success? The biggest challenge can be YOU. Getting out of your own way is always a struggle. We often over think things, doubt ourselves and sadly convince ourselves that we can’t achieve success in our calling. Every day, you have to look in the mirror and say “that’s a lie, I am more than capable.”

Who are you without your accolades? I am a happy wife, a pug mom to the best pug in the world, a wanna be athlete, a unpaid comedian (for now) and relentless when it comes to helping others achieve real success.

 

Register today for the 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference at www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com

 

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

Each year, I like to show the other side of the awesome speaker lineup for the Work Your Package Conference. What better way to get to know your speakers than to ask them questions that you might ask if you had an opportunity to sit down had a cup of coffee with them.

First up in the WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight Series is Kemetia Foley aka The Social Media Whisper (my nickname for her).

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How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?

I gave too much weight to the career suggestions of others when I graduated college. “All the jobs are in retail.” So I went straight into retail (which I hated), instead of going into the career I knew I wanted and loved. Now when I make any choice, I make sure my heart is IN it!

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson?

Not addressing personality clashes and work expectations directly with a supervisor face-to-face as soon as I became aware of issues with them. I tried to avoid the problems and the supervisor! HUGE mistake. I was not mature enough to sit down face-to-face with this person until the damage was done.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?

Personally- Getting married a second time! Ha ha! Wait, no. Letting my daughter take my car to prom.

Professionally- Putting myself in debt to get to an overseas conference so I could network with the conference producer because I wanted to speak at that conference!

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success?

The biggest challenge is knowing that defining success is a purely subjective matter. There’s no one perfect recipe or definition. Defining and measuring my own success is what truly matters.  Stop comparing. Easier said than done, but it’s true.

Who are you without your accolades?

  • Coffee addict
  • Laundry Goddess
  • Writer of gratitude lists
  • Mom to a kind, beautiful and smart daughter.
  • Lover of great marching bands and proud (former high school) band geek—Remember the Titans!
  • Closeted comedian
  • Tenacious believer in the saying, ‘Get Busy Livin’ or Get Busy Dyin’
  • Shower singer
  • DJ wannabe
  • Cat-lover
  • Karma believer
  • Tell-it-like-it-is person

 

 

P.S. Registration is open, but only for 70 women who are ready to EXTRAORDINARY! Seating is limited and every attendee is a VIP. Register today at www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com to be part of this amazing conference.

 

 

They Are Watching You

They Are Watching You

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The importance of personal branding has been quietly building and folks are starting to embrace that they are indeed CEO, COO, CFO and CIO of Me, Inc. The problem with personal branding is that it comes with a misconceived notion that you must also be perfect. Pause right there. Perfectionism is a myth. Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination. Perfectionism will keep you from taking a chance on an idea because you are afraid of making a mistake. Some of the best lessons are learned from failure and imperfection. Brand new ways of doing things are often discovered by messing up in epic proportions. Instead of trying to keep the facade of perfection buffed, shined and polished, allow others to see you imperfections. The fallacy of perfection doesn’t inspire people. It’s the authentic journey of learning from mistakes.