Category Archives: Fireside Chats

Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

After making it through a strenuous interview process, the greatest gratification is receiving a call stating that you have been selected for the position of your choice. However, while you may be excited about beginning a new career, you may be a little less enthusiastic about the salary and benefits the company is offering you.

In this Fireside Chat, we sat down with Lisa Metropolis-Toby, the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) to learn about how to negotiate a job offer the right way. Continue reading Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Kenya Mills is a trailblazer in the fashion industry. She started her career as a stylist in Dallas and now owns her own fashion line– The KMills Collection. Since its inception in 2014, the KMills team has grown, and the collection has been worn by celebrities such as Lynn Whitfield, Dascha Polanco, and Claire Sulmers.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Kenya Mills about the intricacies of designing and managing your own fashion line. Continue reading Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Promoting Diversity in the Legal Field: a Fireside Chat with Aprill Hawkins

Meet Aprill Hawkins, Director of Engagement at Just the Beginning, a legal pipeline organization which encourages underrepresented students to pursue careers in law.  In her current role, Aprill engages in fundraising efforts, alumni engagement and raising the organization’s profile. She is an educator by trade, and received her Master’s of Education Degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Before joining the team at Just the Beginning, Aprill was the Career Program Manager at the Posse Organization, and was previously the Program Director at the Visitation Scholarship Program.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Aprill about the role of diversity in law school, and barriers that prevent qualified applicants from entering the legal field. Continue reading Promoting Diversity in the Legal Field: a Fireside Chat with Aprill Hawkins

Lessons Learned: the Successes and Challenges of Founding a Startup with Andi McCollam

andi-mccollumPrior to entering Boston University School of Public Health, Andi McCollam worked in medical billing and health insurance. Most notably, she founded Pico Health, a startup that aimed to provide comprehensive health insurance services to small companies and self-employed individuals. Below, she shares her experience throughout the life of her startup. Continue reading Lessons Learned: the Successes and Challenges of Founding a Startup with Andi McCollam

Diamond Greer, Founder and CEO of Women’s Professional Platform Let’s Vibe

Meet Diamond Greer, human capital strategist and founder of Let’s Vibe. She is passionate about empowering women to realize and actualize their potential. Two years ago, Diamond created Let’s Vibe as a platform to engage female professionals and give them a space to develop personally, professionally, and mentally. Let’s Vibe now has over 300 members, and is fostering new connections every day.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Greer about intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, and the significance of collaboration.  Continue reading Diamond Greer, Founder and CEO of Women’s Professional Platform Let’s Vibe

Blogging with Unapologetically Kelly

Kelly Price navigates through life unapologetically herself. Following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma, she traveled the world from Cremona to Israel. Now that she is back in the states, Kelly not only works full-time as a Human Relations Specialist, but is also a professional blogger where she shares her love of traveling, photography, and cultural experiences. Since its creation in October 2016, “Unapologetically Kelly” has garnered a substantial following that appreciates her blog’s candid tone and, consequently, has formed brand partnerships with companies like JORD Watches, DermOrganic, and BootayBag.

During our chat with Kelly, we discussed everything from the logistics of running a successful blog to living authentically. Continue reading Blogging with Unapologetically Kelly