I was the inaugural speaker for the Black Girl Processing Space (BGPS) Graduation Celebration. It was a true honor to address the young black women, offer networking tips and share inspiration through storytelling. It was also surreal to be back on campus the week of my 25th Class Reunion (?!?!?!).
Additionally, I donated a portion of the J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award Gift to BGPS to financially support their mission. I had a fabulous time being "19" again, connecting with the "Alumnae To Be". In my closing keynote, I expressed my hopes that one (or some) of them, would win the Turman Award. Thus, continuing the legacy of service, leadership and community to Emory.
CONGRATS OX CLASS OF 2023!!! #AlwaysOxford
Photo Credit: Oxford College, Emory University
*Black Girl Processing Space is a staff-led initiative designed for black women students, faculty and staff to support each other personally, professionally and academically.
Just 1 Week Away!
Calling all alumni and friends, it's that time of the year to honor our incoming alumni / 2023 Grads! One of my favorite commencement activities (by far) is the Candlelight Crossover. A beautiful tradition which is rooted in support and love within the Emory community. It is a great opportunity to welcome our newest grads into the alumni association. As well as, connect and network with fellow alums, faculty and staff.
The SIMPLEnetworking Tip
The SN Tip of the week is to have a networking "recovery" plan. Put systems or methods in place to quickly bounce back from networking mishaps. Brainstorm common scenarios: forget to follow up, miss a meeting, confuse connections, etc. Forward thinking and good planning are excellent ways to keep your networking on point.
Use this tip to master the art of networking and relationship building.
Happy Earth Day!
A Great Weekend Read
While relaxing this weekend, consider gaining great tips for networking with the SIMPLEnetworking books / ebooks. Learn to approach colleagues and new contact with confidence. Sharpen your elevator pitch. Follow up like a networking star! Above all, create quality and meaningful connections.
Mid-Week Networking Fun!
Checkout this networking icebreaker for your next event. Whether you are planning a meeting, meet-up or social gathering incorporate this fun activity for relationships building!
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The SIMPLEnetworking Tip
The SIMPLEnetworking Tip is to update your contact info. Make sure that your counterparts can easily and properly communicate with you. Effective lines of communication build trust and foster quality relations.
Use this tip to increase your networking readiness!
The Champion Networker (Chi Chi Okezie) is a networking, diversity and inclusion influencer known for infusing culture, history, language, arts and entertainment into her company's training and events.