The final installment of our 2020 virtual ESSENCE E-Suite series was all about “The Art of the Pivot.” Specifically, we teamed up with our partners at Chase, SheaMoisture and Walmart to cultivate several conversations and interactive experiences designed to help career women along their journey to changing careers in the near future.

The 2-hour program opened with an insightful conversation presented by SheaMoisture about how we can prepare to navigate the career road that’s ahead in 2021. Sony Music EVP Tiffany Warren and ViacomCBS Senior Recruiter Debbie Douglas joined ESSENCE Senior Editor Rachaell Davis to share insights and lessons they’ve each leaned over the years as professional women climbing the ranks in the corporate space.

Up next, HireBlack founder Niani Tolbert and 1580 River Creative CCO Morgan Smith-Williams enlightened us all with a host of tips and strategies we can use to make sure we’re leveraging our worth as we pivot professionally. Smith-Williams specifically shared sound advice for how careerwomen can apply key PR strategies to help grow in professional spaces in various industries. The ladies also offered several resume-building tools that can be of use when we’re looking to sharpen our skillsets and increase our professional value as we prepare for a major career pivot.

“The People Expert” Dr. Sabrina Jackson helped switch things up a little with a fun, but purposed, 2021 Career Vision Board exercise. While walking us through how to assemble a motivating professional vision board, she offered tips for overcoming some of the challenges, fear and doubt we may face as Black women as we take the leap towards a current or upcoming career pivot.

The evening closed out with our interactive “Reclaim the Future” module presented by Chase. The segment saw three rising entrepreneurs connect with executives from the Chase Advancing Black Pathways program and Chase for Business program to get answers to crucial questions about how to navigate steps ahead towards strengthening their businesses in the year ahead after a tough 2020.

Other highlights included a “Joblogues” segment from Walmart and a host of “Level Up Tips” from our panelists.

For more of everything you missed at ESSENCE E-Suite: The Art of the Pivot, check out the replay in the video above.


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