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LaNella Hooper-Williams

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Personal Branding

Give Yourself Permission to Dream

January 28, 2021

Often, when I tell someone to “Keep Dreaming,” it comes from a sarcastic place and means “this will never happen.” However, as I reflect on the crazy, challenging year we all experienced in 2020, I think it’s time to get back to our dreams literally. At the beginning of 2020, I had big dreams. I […]

Facing Our Fears

January 14, 2021

Growing up left-handed in a right-handed world was sometimes challenging. I was the only one in my family of eight children who was left-handed. It never seemed to be a problem until around the age of 11.  That’s when Mrs. Gail, a woman who lived around the corner from us, began teaching a group of […]

Yes, There Will Be A “Dr.” in the White House

December 16, 2020

I was very disappointed with the op-ed written by The Wall Street Journal reporter Joseph Epstein suggesting that Jill Biden drop the “Dr.” before her name: “Dr. Jill Biden sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic,” wrote Epstein, who opened his op-ed by addressing President-elect Joe Biden’s wife as “Madame First Lady—Mrs. […]

What BODY LANGUAGE Are You Communicating?

November 19, 2020

We often spend hours laboring over what we are going to say or finetuning the words in our presentations. While planning and reviewing our content are always important, verbal communication isn’t the only thing that matters. The feelings and reactions your body conveys through facial expressions, gestures and body movements, vocal tone and volume are […]

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 […]

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