Minda Harts (@MindaHarts) is the founder of The Memo LLC, a premiere career development platform for women of color. The Memo helps women of color prepare for their seat at the table with education, community, and access. In 2016, she was nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit. Minda is a member of the New York Junior League and volunteers at women's shelters across NYC, helping women enhance their resumes and interviewing skills. Minda has been featured in Essence Magazine and The Guardian.
From this interview, you'll also discover that go-gettin' Minda is a keen, reflective observer of communication. She rolls into the interview with toolbox full of skills many times larger than her diminutive size. She's been filling that toolbox with investments in her own education, hard won lessons from life experiences, and focused study her imaginary and real mentors' trajectories.
Do not miss this interview if you've ever:
- Got your seat at the table, but wondered if you were really supposed to be there and felt like you didn't get the memo
- Experienced "woman-on-woman crime" in the workplace instead of the mentorship you hoped for
- Felt like you're hearing No after No to your requests, especially when using email
The Memo's next Career Boot Camp on Entrepreneurship 101 with Tina Wells of Buzz Marketing Group is May 16th. Minda has generously offered a 25% discount to Le vital corps Salon fans. Use promo code "Spring2017" when you register.
Learn more about Minda and her work at The Memo.
Listen to the complete episode in any of these fine places:
Selected link love + resources from the episode
- Connect with Minda on social media: Twitter
- Kara Rota at Flatiron Books and Cookstr podcast
- Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder of The Memo
- Oprah Winfrey
- Joyce Meyer
- Maya Angelou (author)
- The Power of a Positive No by William Ury (book)
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
- Jamie Lee
- Michelle Obama and the United State of Women
- Evernote (application)
- Boomerang (application for email management)
- Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (book)
- The Artisan Soul by Edward McManus (book)
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Minda herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:08:59] Never give anyone a reason to tell you No and always stay ready. [3.6]
[00:10:19] I just wanted to be what I wish I would have had. If I have a seat, then I want the other women that look like me to have a seat as well. But I also want them to feel like they belong there. [13.8]
[00:11:54] I realized if I want to get to the top and I want to be a decision maker, then there were certain things that I'm going to have to do to get there. I want other women to know. I want them to have the handbook and not have to do so much guesswork. [13.0]
[00:14:29] I spent a lot of time at the public library. […] Reading was definitely fundamental. It just expanded my mind into what I could be. Even if I didn't necessarily have anyone in my circle that looked like me, I knew that it was possible. [20.9]
[00:16:31] Just because your circumstance may seem like the answer is No, it doesn't mean it has to be a No. And that's the way I looked at everything. [8.3]
[00:20:49] [On driving herself over the edge] “Probably a few times a year I just hit that wall. You're going so fast. There are so many things that you want to do. I don't think I started to really understand I love the idea of self-care until a year ago. I was all for it. I love it. I want more of it. But I wasn't sure how that worked, especially building a business. [32.2]
[00:25:05] I had an early mentor once say, "Never say No." I think I took that to the ends of the earth. […] First off, I love [the advice], but I drove myself into the ground. I think at some point you have to be strategic. You don't have to say Yes to everything. [30.3]
[00:44:08] Teamwork makes the dream work. [1.7]
[00:57:53] We can be our best advocate at times. If we allow other people or you're waiting for other people to step in and do it for you, it may never happen. [7.0]
[00:58:38] [On facing “woman-on-woman crime” in the workplace] I would second guess myself when dealing with this person and I had everything I needed right inside of me. That's why I was promoted into that space. If people are treating you a certain kind of way, you have to remember why you're there and what your Why is. No one can take that away from you. I think that I let her try to take it away from me. You have to stand your ground and know that this is your life. You can't let someone take your joy or take your happiness in any situation. Don't give people so much power. [34.9]
[01:07:31] Sometimes we just gotta turn off the noise and have a moment to think. Sometimes you can do that at home. Sometimes you have to do it somewhere else. Find where that place is for you and create that internal vacation even if you can't leave the city. [15.3]
[01:09:25] A modern woman can affirm herself. She can forgive herself. We're going to make some good and bad choices along the way. We have to be willing to forgive ourselves for those things that maybe we would have done differently. [13.9]
[01:10:27] [On self-care] We really need to stop making it like some great buzzword and really make it practical. [7.2]
[01:13:05] I think it's so important for us to invest in ourselves. We'll invest in our wardrobes. Sometimes we'll invest in our children (if you have them). You invest in your career. But don't be afraid to invest in you. If there's a new skill you want to learn or you want to lose a little weight. Don't be afraid - whatever that is for you. You want to read more books. You want to learn new language. Put yourself first sometimes. [25.3]
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