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Learning To Ask | Minda Harts

“When you’re a woman of color, your ‘lean-in’ looks a little different because you’re up against a lot more barriers.” – Minda Harts

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We’re trained to be docile.

Growing up in the education system, we learn to listen to the authority figure’s instructions and not question our standing in the group. However, as we all know, once you reach adulthood, asking for the promotion or raise is the only way to get it. This stark difference between adolescence and adulthood can only be overcome if we reverse our hardwiring by examining why we’re not asking for more.

That’s why on today’s episode of the $mart Women Invest podcast, we are joined by Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. In 2016 she was nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit. She serves as a mentor at General Assembly in New York City, an alumni of The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, and she recently signed a book deal with Seal Press. In this discussion, she teaches us about confidence and self-advocacy, and why asking for the raise or promotion isn’t as difficult as you think!

“When asking for what you want, it’s about being your best advocate. But how do you be your best advocate if you don’t believe in your worth? You can’t.” – Minda Harts

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • 25% of the S&P 500 is represented in tech stocks; 14% represented in FAANG companies
    • F.A.A.N.G: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google.
  • Take the time to analyze what you’re actually investing in inside your 401K and portfolio.
  • Women of color make anywhere from $.48-$.68 on the dollar.
    • Additionally, they represent less than 5% of roles on executive boards.
  • New studies show that women of color are the most represented group in entrepreneurship because of frustrations with Corporate America.
  • Practice asking for things from people other than your boss.
  • Schedule 1:1 time with your boss if you don’t already have it on the calendar.
  • Know what you want before you ask for it.
  • Store positive emails to use as social proof when you ask for a raise.
  • Give people no reason to say ‘no’ to you.
  • You can’t ask for what you want if you don’t believe in your worth.
  • Women of color are the least funded in the startup world.

Guest Contact: Minda Harts

The Memo: MyWeeklyMemo.com

Minda’s Website: Minda Harts

Twitter: @MindaHarts

Medium: Minda Harts

$mart Women Invest Contact:

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Instagram: @SmartWomenInvest

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