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LaNella Hooper-Williams

Personal Branding Tips and Tools for An Authentically Empowered Career


Are You Sparking Joy in Your Relationships?

April 25, 2019

Many years ago, when I lived and worked in Philadelphia, I participated in a program called Leadership Philadelphia.  During the program, I met a woman who would become one of my closest friends.  Interestingly, a few years after we met, she confessed, “I didn’t really like you when we first met.”

When Ok is Ok—Really!

April 10, 2019

I am a recovering perfectionist. My nature is to obsess about ways to take something to the next level. On the one hand, my perfectionist mentality is what has made my work great and led to accolades and promotions, but what I’ve come to realize is that this obsession with perfection also can be paralyzing.

Does Your Resumé Need A Makeover?

March 27, 2019

Recently, I was reading through my LinkedIn posts, and there was a young lady who was having a challenge securing employment. She indicated that she had been on numerous interviews but could never close the deal. In a desperate move, she posted her resume to LinkedIn and asked her connections to provide feedback as to […]

6 Tips to Help You Get the Job!

March 14, 2019

“I got the job!”  Those four words were music to my ears. “I am so excited and incredibly grateful for all of your advice and guidance to help bring the best me possible,”  Sarah (not her real name) continued. “I truly appreciate it.”

Taking The Road Less Traveled

February 28, 2019

As a little girl, my parents would load our family into a station wagon and take us on road trips from Pittsburgh, PA to Valdosta, GA, my mother’s home town. We always had full meals of fried chicken, biscuits and potato salad packed in a picnic basket and never stopped at hotels or restaurants along […]

5 Ways to Avoid Overcommitting

February 21, 2019

One of my clients is constantly cancelling our meetings at the last minute. Another colleague is always late on conference calls. And, normally she is the one that is the leader. So, the rest of us are just holding on and listening to classical music until she joins the call. As someone who tries to […]

Don’t Judge Me…

February 14, 2019

It’s almost that time of the year . . . the dreaded employee performance reviews.  Many employers are finally acknowledging that both supervisors and subordinates despise the appraisal process. It’s a perennial problem that feels more urgent now that the labor market is picking up and concerns about retention have returned.  More than one-third of […]

Does Your Job Spark Joy?

January 31, 2019

A few weeks ago, I got caught up in binge watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up.”

Making Peace With Your Open Office

January 24, 2019

Goodbye cubicles…hello open offices. While talking with many of my colleagues, it sounds like the open concept office has replaced the traditional cubicles and walls-with-door offices of the past decades. One of my colleagues who works for the government indicated that they don’t even have a designated space anymore. At the end of the day, […]

5 Ways to Productively Work from Home

January 17, 2019

When people find out I work from home, I’m often asked, “Isn’t it great to work in your pajamas?”  They always seem surprised with my response, “In the 10+ years I’ve worked from home, I’ve never worked in my PJs.”

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