The First-Gen Lounge
Fall 2021: Session 190 (Black Talent Matters: Why Diversity and Inclusion is a Struggle in Corporate America with Anastaisia Talton)
According to a 2020 report by MarketWatch, only 3.7% of Google workers were Black, less than 4% at Facebook, and 7.5% at Uber. The primary argument behind this heartbreaking statistic is the notion among corporate executives that finding capable Black talent is a challenge. It’s not clear whether they even looked at all, they didn’t know where to look, or that they didn’t look hard enough. All we know is that some things need to change.Furthermore, when it comes to promoting Black leaders, the process is often reactive and not intentional. For example, the Black Lives Matter movement left shareholders rushing to promote long-serving Black employees based primarily on societal pressure. Unfortunately, this approach often causes problems when society demands a sense of urgency and the organization settles for an unqualified candidate. Yes, Black talent matters, but it should be the right talent at the right time and for the right reasons. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/190 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/
Fall 2021: Session 189 (Why Entrepreneurs Need to Target the Right Audience with Latrice Sampson Richardson)
Do Black people support each other? The answer to this hugely subjective question is both yes and no. First, Black people do support each other. In fact, they don’t just care about their families; they also care about the communities they live in. However, people in business who say Black people don't support each other often target the wrong audience. They complain that their families and friends do not support their hustle when, in fact, their products or services don't address their needs.It's no secret; businesses that help and support other people will always attract an audience that supports them the same way. But, as a business person, it's unfair to depend on family and friends to be your customers. Entrepreneurs need to find the people who are most in need of their product or service and create a mutual relationship where customers spend money on things they actually need, and the business gets to allocate resources to the right efforts. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/189 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/
Fall 2021: Session 188 (What It Means to Be A First-Generation American and Entrepreneur with Dr. Argelis Ortiz)
According to the Kauffman Index, more than 27% of entrepreneurs in the US are immigrants despite representing only 13.5% of the population. Furthermore, 43% of the companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list were founded or co-founded by first or second-generation immigrants. This data speaks volumes about their ability to overcome obstacles, create a life for themselves, and successfully achieve the American dream. But the question is, why is it that immigrants tend to be more entrepreneurial? Interestingly, most first-gens overcome almost similar obstacles. Patience and resilience come naturally to them, and starting with nothing demands more discipline, flexibility, and persistence than everyone else. Yet, these adversities make first-gens tough and often increases their chances of success.Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/10/188 Join the movement: https://jointhemovement.evehudsonphd.com/
Fall 2021: Session 187 (Why You Need to Apply For a Scholarship with Aleanya Moore)
Did you know that in the US, only 0.3% of students get full-ride college scholarships? With such short odds, it can seem like there’s no point in applying for scholarships. Add that to how stressful the application processes can be, applying for scholarships can seem like additional stress that students would rather live without. However, there’s nothing quite fulfilling as going through college, getting a degree, and launching a career without having to spend a cent from your pocket. And it gets better when a person starts earning without worrying about student loans. As parents, mentors, elder siblings, we have a duty to talk to high schoolers about the benefits of getting a scholarship. And a lot of times, all this starts with getting good grades and taking high school more seriously.Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/09/187 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.
Fall 2021: Session 186 (How to Find and Close a Gap In The Market with Dr. Shariva White)
The one thing that’s consistent among all successful businesses is not their ability to attract customers; it’s the ability to spot and fill gaps in the market. Every successful business out there serves a specific market gap. And the reason they’re successful is that they create a business that provides unique and necessary products or services to willing buyers. Sadly, most aspiring first-gen entrepreneurs think too broadly when trying to close a gap in the market when the reality is it’s always better to think small when it comes to gaps in the market. The more specific a market, the more likely an entrepreneur will be able to target them effectively. Nevertheless, the market must be big enough to sustain growth and create demand. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/09/186 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.
Fall 2021: Session 185 (Why Leaving a Corporate Job Might Be a Good Decision with Dr. Natalie Nagthall)
There are numerous benefits to working a corporate job. The job is often pretty well defined; employees boast a fairly good salary, health insurance, and for the most part, they don't have to worry about work once they leave the office. Sounds great, right? However, Gallup reports that only 30% of Americans are actively engaged at work. Which means most Americans wake up unhappy each morning thinking of quitting their job. Many people dream about leaving behind corporate life, but few actually make the leap. Making that massive leap comes with risks few are willing to take. The idea of giving up a steady paycheck leaves many people paralyzed with doubt of what the future holds. Yet, working just for the paycheque is not sustainable. Life is far too valuable to waste on something you don't like.Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/185. Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Grab your #firstgen goodies: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/. Join The Evingerlean Worldwide Family: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/family/.
Fall 2021: Session 184 (You Made A Mistake. So What? with Eve Hudson, Ph.D.)
We all make mistakes. Some are gut-wrenching, and others are minor that nobody ever notices something happened. Regardless of the size of the mistake, the worst thing anyone can do is attempt to sweep it under the rug. It's one thing admitting an error and totally another thing crossing your fingers, praying that nobody notices. Moral people don't make futile excuses or drag other people down with them. They own up to their mistakes and acknowledge that people are not their mistakes; people are defined by how they react to them. Remember, anyone who has ever dared to be great made a mistake at some point in their life. They just didn't let their mistakes stop them from trying.Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/09/184 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.
Fall 2021: Session 183 (Why You Should Expect More from Yourself with Eve Hudson Ph.D.)
As kids, we all had dreams, aspirations, and plans for when we grow up. Some of us wanted to be doctors, engineers, astronauts, and all those other high-end professions. No matter the dreams, we all wanted to be great. But as we grew older, many of us let limiting beliefs take root. We learned to repress our dreams and started expecting less from ourselves. Our below-average expectations placed a ceiling on our ability to do more and achieve more. We got stuck in doing the bare minimum just to get by. As first-gens, this has got to change. Fortunately, it's never too late to get unstuck. And the key to getting unstuck is by having high expectations in life, business, or school. But, higher expectations mean higher demands. And higher demands mean higher quality outputs. So, be prepared for the grind and whatever comes next. But most importantly, expect more from yourself. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/08/182 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Make History with Us at The First-Gen Shop: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/.
Summer 2021: Session 182 (Tackling Mental Health Issues in North Carolina with Alicia Tetteh)
With a population of approximately 9.9 million people, North Carolina is the 10th most populated state. Of those 9.9 million people, close to 3.9% of adults in North Carolina live with severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. (This is according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA). What's more worrying is that only 48.2% of adults with mental illness in North Carolina seek and receive some form of treatment. The remaining 51.8% receive no mental health treatment at all. Why is that? Why is North Carolina lagging on matters of mental health? Although the private sector is making tremendous strides in combating these issues, something really needs to be done. And that involves creating solutions that help people seek help anonymously and efficiently. Check out the full session notes: www.evehudsonphd.com/2021/08/182 Book Dr. Eve: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/passthemic/. Grab your #firstgen goodies: https://www.thefirstgenshop.com/. Join The Evingerlean Worldwide Family: https://www.evehudsonphd.com/family/.