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LaNella Hooper-Williams

Personal Branding Tips and Tools for An Authentically Empowered Career

Personal Branding

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 […]

What Are You Grateful For?

November 26, 2019

Every year during thanksgiving dinner, we often go around the table and everyone names one thing they are thankful for. But wouldn’t it be great if we adopted a thankful mindset year-round?


October 24, 2019

When you are asked for your professional bio, the conversation often goes like this: “Can you email me your professional bio?  “Sure, I’ll get it to you by the end of the day.”  Then panic sets in because you don’t have a bio. So, you scramble to assemble a quick and dirty career summary that […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

June 6, 2019

Years ago, when I worked as a vice president at PNC Bank, I faced the difficult choice of staying with my current company or relocating for another job opportunity.  I had been with PNC for 10 years and had enjoyed a steady career progression.  I was promoted three times starting as a marketing officer and […]

Are You Avoiding the Spotlight?

May 9, 2019

Several years ago, while working for PNC Bank, I was offered a great opportunity to serve as the director of shareholder communications.  It was a highly visible position where I would work with the CEO of the company, as well as with a number of C-suite executives.

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