Category Archives: Skilled Leaders

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

Elena Valentine, Co-Founder and CEO @ Skill Scout

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Elena Valentine, Co-Founder and CEO of Skill Scout, discusses the reality of entrepreneurship and founding her own company. Valentine founded the company with her friend and colleague, Abby Cheesman after recognizing deficiencies in the standard job recruitment process. Venturing out on their own, the two sought to match qualified applicants with promising opportunities by showcasing skills and expectations on a multimedia platform.  Continue reading Elena Valentine, Co-Founder and CEO @ Skill Scout