In her new book The Memo – What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table, Minda Harts provides a no-BS look at the odds stacked against women of color in professional settings, from the wage gap to biases and microaggressions, with actionable takeaways.
The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color, ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlooks the unique barriers to success for women of color. In a charismatic and relatable voice, Minda Harts brings her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo to the page, as well as her past career life as a fundraising consultant to top colleges across the country.
With wit and candor, Harts begins by acknowledging the “ugly truths” that keep women of color from getting the proverbial seat at the table in corporate America: microaggressions, systemic racism, white privilege, etc. Harts validates that women aren’t making up the discrimination they feel, even if it isn’t always overt.
From there, she gives straight talk on how to address these issues head on, and provides a roadmap to help women of color and their allies make real change to the system. With chapters on network-building, office politics, money and negotiation, The Memo covers all the basics that any good business book should. But through the author’s lens, it offers support and long-overdue advice particularly for women of color.
Join us as Minda shares excerpts from The Memo and then joins Mandy Bynum Mc Laughlin, New Relic's Director of Diversity & Inclusion for a conversation.
About our Speakers:
Minda Harts is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. She is an Adjunct Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a speaker who has conducted workshops and keynotes at corporations like Bloomberg, Google, Time Inc., SXSW, and more. Additionally, she recently added author to her titles with her debut book, The Memo.
Mandy Bynum Mc Laughlin is a career tech Sales Leader turned Diversity and Inclusion officer with extensive experience in scaling large sales organizations. Working for Yelp in its early days engrained her appreciation for change as the only constant; gaining the invaluable experience that comes from building an employee centered and culture conserving organization during rapid growth. Her greatest passion and now achieved dream job is championing Inclusion in the workplace to break stereotypes, and reduce marginalization and tokenism. She has been lucky enough to work for companies that share the same passion, and will continue to hold future partnerships to the same standard.
Doors will open at 5:30 for light food, drinks and networking. The talk will begin at 6pm, followed by Q&A which will run until ~ 7:30pm.
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