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LaNella Hooper-Williams

Personal Branding Tips and Tools for An Authentically Empowered Career


4 Steps to Strengthen Your Negotiation Game

October 12, 2020

When it comes to negotiating, I sometimes feel like Sophia from the movie, The Color Purple, “All my life I’ve had to fight…” Whether it’s negotiating a contract, buying a house or going back and forth on getting the best job offer, negotiating can be uncomfortable for many of us. A friend recently reflected on […]

What Are You Doing to Stay Relevant?

July 23, 2020

As we are all experiencing high anxiety during this pandemic, it is sometimes difficult to step back and find the bright spots. I am in a national women’s organization. The nearly 100-year old organization is focused on friendship and community service. A few weeks ago, approximately 15 of our chapter members came together for a […]

How to Hold Courageous Conversations About Race

June 18, 2020

My last blog post, entitled “Fighting for Change” highlighted several encounters I have experienced from childhood through adulthood as an African American in the United States. The sad thing is, I still have racist experiences from time to time. For instance, a store clerk questioning whether I can afford something. Or worse yet, being followed […]

Fighting for Change

June 3, 2020

The past few weeks have been unsettling. First, Covid-19 forced us to stay at home, and we became masked-people. Then we witnessed on national TV the senseless murder of George Floyd. Now, protest marches have sprung up across the country crying for justice.   


April 16, 2020

Last week I joined a virtual happy hour with my homegirls from Pittsburgh.  Amid this #Shelterinplace situation, it was a pleasure to connect with friends that I have known for more than 40 years all at one time. A big shout out to my friend Marcia for bringing us together via Zoom. It’s been a while […]

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Total Isolation

March 26, 2020

I confess, I’m a self-proclaimed extrovert. And while I’m accustomed to working from home and holding virtual meetings, being unable to personally interact with people is killing me. Nonetheless, for the past 11 days, I’ve been isolating in the house. I’m one of the people that stocked up on food and all the necessities in […]

5 Ways to Productively Work from Home

March 11, 2020

With the threat of the Coronavirus, many of us have been asked to work from home.  In addition, a number of companies have requested us to postpone non-critical meetings and events until the world and the country has a better handle on the pandemic. 

How to Strengthen Your Cultural Competency

February 27, 2020

People often mispronounce my name. When it happens, I politely correct them and inform them it’s “LaNella,” like “Vanilla with an e.” I usually get a surprised look at first, but then it quickly registers with most folks. In a former position, my team and I were responsible for putting together global communications meetings. The […]

Is Office Love Good or Bad?

February 13, 2020

This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air, and a plethora of cards, roses, and chocolates abound both at home and work. But what happens when the sweetness of relationships goes sour at work? In my corporate life, a woman leader allegedly entered into a romantic relationship with the CEO of the […]

10 Books that Transformed My Thinking

February 6, 2020

Ever since I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait to finish my schoolwork so I could curl up with a great book.  I loved escaping to the fictional stories in a Danielle Steele or Harold Robbin’s novel.  At the end of the school year, my favorite trip was to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh […]

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