How Curiosity, Authenticity and Action Lead To Success with B. Pagels-Minor
From an early age, B. Pagels-Minor found the tech world to be an exciting place. And, driven by that excitement, they started from the ground up with a job in technical support. B worked their way through well-known companies like Apple and Netflix to work today for a Fortune 100 company. Though B. was always curious by nature, they didn’t quite know what options they’d have to pursue as they figured out, “What they wanted to be when they grew up”.
B. recognized that they can learn how to do anything with focus. However, they also realized that it was easy for them to procrastinate. So, in order to avoid procrastinating, B. made a point of always over delivering on their promises.
B. is authentic in everything they do. Their authenticity is vital in building community, which is extremely important to them. Join us in this fascinating discussion with B., a conversation that you wish wouldn’t end.
[02:11] B.’s journey to where they are today in the world of tech
[09:11] Being authentic and not putting yourself in a box
[16:35] Overcoming fears and limiting beliefs
[22:38] How B. shifted their mindset about themself
[26:42] Building a powerful community
[33:32] Being concerned about your likability
[37:56] Lightning round questions
“I’m very curious about how to create great experiences for people.” – B. Pagels-Minor
“You can’t do anything well if you’re only spending 50% of your time on it.” – B. Pagels-Minor
“Instant action creates the most success.” – B. Pagels-Minor
Lightning Round Questions:
What book has greatly influenced you?
- “Inherit the Wind” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying?
- “And now here’s my secret, a very simple secret, it’s only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - “The Little Prince”
What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself?
- Truth Teller
What is one change you've implanted that made your life better?
- Trying to read one news article a day
What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage?
- “Queen” by Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu
About B. Pagels-Minor:
B. Pagels-Minor is a speaker, fierce diversity advocate, and thought leader on product and culture development within technology companies.
From Mississippi to Chicago to Silicon Valley, B. Pagels-Minor has spent over a decade creating great products for amazing brands and enriching the community around them, including working for Publicis Groupe, Sprout Social, and Apple to name a few.
Today B. is an expert Product Management Leader, as well as a respected thought-leader in agile technologies. They approach every problem with strategy, curiosity, and genuine authenticity. As a dedicated enthusiast of sustainable processes, great products, and culture development, B.’s fierce drive to promote diversity in tech and impact real authentic change continues to define both their work and life outside of work.
When there’s free time to spare, you can find B. scouring the latest financial and tech news, leading a thought-provoking personal blog, and giving back to various organizations as an active board member holding roles like the Vice Chair & Secretary on the Board of Directors at Howard Brown Health for the LGBTQ community, and Vice President & Secretary on the Board of Directors at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. B. currently resides with their wife in Los Angeles, California.
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