Secrets To Getting A Seat At The Table With Minda Harts
Have you ever experienced a situation where you got invited to a party and with anxious excitement you dress to impress only to walk in and find everyone wearing their favorite superhero costume? Leaving you wondering…wait….how did I NOT get THAT Memo!? Well, in this episode, we get to know Minda Harts, author of the best-selling book, The Memo, where she shares actionable advice on challenges, from microaggressions to building your network of supporters.
Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, FastCompany, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.
In this episode, Minda shares how she found the courage to write this book and share vulnerable authentic stories of what it’s like to advance your career in light of the inequality and outright discrimination many women of color experience in the workplace.
[02:11] Minda’s journey to writing The Memo
[05:28] Getting comfortable with self-promotion
[09:23] Building relationships with leadership
[13:02] Secure the seat
[15:17] Overcoming limiting beliefs
[19:59] Dealing with microaggressions
[24:20] Building your community
[25:21] Identifying your inner circle
[27:44] Minda’s Book, “The Memo”
[30:45] Asking for help
[35:06] The importance of vulnerability
“Learn how to have courageous conversations with your colleagues, this will allow them to be courageous listeners.” – Minda Harts
“Lean into your courage and push aside your caution because we will never know if we don’t ask.” – Minda Harts
“When someone in senior leadership asks you how you are doing, don’t respond with fine, let them know the great things you are working on.” – Minda Harts
“In order to change the way the workplace works for women of color, it’s going to require us to talk about some things that we hadn’t talked about out loud.” – Minda Harts
About Minda Harts:
Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, FastCompany, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi’s, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.