In celebration of Black history month, and in an effort to elevate Black voices, we’ve compiled a list of three captivating and thought-provoking TED talks that focus on different aspects of the world of work. We encourage you to watch them to learn strategies for navigating the professional world.
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work
About the speaker: Carla Harris is a business executive and author who currently serves as Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in 2013 and is the author of two books related to career development.
Standout line: (8:11) “…relationship currency is the currency that is generated by the investments that you make in the people in your environment, the investments that you make in the people in your environment. You cannot ask someone to use their hard-earned personal influential currency on your behalf if you’ve never had any interaction with them. It is not going to happen. So it is important that you invest the time to connect, to engage and to get to know the people that are in your environment, and more importantly to give them the opportunity to know you. Because once they know you, there’s a higher probability that when you approach them to ask them to be your sponsor, they will in fact answer in the affirmative.”
This is the side hustle revolution
Nicaila Matthews Okomes
About the speaker: Nicaila Matthews Okomes is the creator and host of “Side Hustle Pro”, which according to its website is the “first and only podcast to spotlight bold, Black women entrepreneurs who have scaled side hustle to profitable business.”
Standout line: (1:53) “…people are multipassionate. I want to stress that not every side hustle is started because someone hates their job. Many are started simply because people are interested in lots of different things. Lisa Price, who started a hair and beauty company, Carol’s Daughter, was working in television production when she started side-hustling. She says she actually loved her job. It was the fact that she came home every day feeling good that led her to start experimenting with making fragrances and hair oils in her kitchen. We’re always being taught that we’re supposed to know what we want to do when we grow up. But when you’re multipassionate, you want to dip and dabble in those different things. It doesn’t mean that you’re not committed to your job, it just means that you have other outlets that bring you joy.”
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do
About the speaker: Stacey Abrams is a politician, voting rights activist, entrepreneur, author, and lawyer. In 2018, she founded the voter protection and education organization Fair Fight, which aims to “promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.”
Standout line: (5:49) “…it’s easy to figure out that once you didn’t get what you wanted, then maybe you should have set your sights a little lower, but I’m here to tell you to be aggressive about your ambition. Do not allow setbacks to set you back.”