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Successful women share their unique college experience, career journeys and best advice on what it takes to land the job, grow a paycheck, and shatter glass ceilings.

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Ashley Obasi

Peer Health Exchange Chicago Program Director, Brittany Merritt

From lacrosse fields in her collegiate days to the boardroom, Brittany Merritt’s passion for sports and athleticism opened doors of opportunities which influenced her personally and professionally. Brittany started her career on the law track, but began to see inspiration in the non-profit health education sector, drawing her towards a career change that would seek ways to directly

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Ashley Obasi

Ebony & Jet Digital Editorial Assistant, Najja Parker

We are so excited to kick off Black History Month with an all new Career Feature! Black media has been an essential tool utilized to bring the voices of communities of color to life on a national scale throughout history. We have been fortune to have the pleasure of sitting down with Najja Parker, of

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Ashley Obasi

Political Consultant & Commissioner, Lauren Bealore

It’s not often you come across someone who works as hard as Lauren Bealore, we are excited to have crossed paths with this political powerhouse. Lauren has made huge leaps in her career overcoming gender confines in a male dominated industry. It’s no surprise that her life goals include breaking down barriers. Her has passion has

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Tikkara Cooper

Human Resources Professional, Chandria Lucious

Chandria Lucious – the GetHired Guru – has aspired for great things and achieved great success because of the confidence she has in her abilities and the work she puts behind her brand. Her larger than life personality, coupled with her work ethic and servant-like heart, has led to a career that allows her to

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Ashley Obasi

Saga Innovations National Director of Recruitment, Ashlie Tyler

Hailing from Boston, MA Ashlie Tyler is a self-starter who has demonstrated leadership throughout her career that has landed her a seat at the decision-making table that many won’t see while in their 20’s.  Ashlie has both the eye for talent and the drive to influence the generation behind her.  Her passion to be a

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Ijeamaka Obasi

Oprah Winfrey Network Co-Producer, Corinne Gilliard

When Corinne Gilliard landed her dream internship at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, she knew she was in for an amazing opportunity. She didn’t know however, was just how rewarding it would be to establish her career under the leadership of a media mogul, having her work immediately impact the lives of millions of viewers. She was

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Ashley Obasi

Roc Nation Marketing And A&R Intern, Kanique Swinson

Hailing from the South, Kanique has really used her college experience to cultivate her future. She definitely leaves no stone unturned as she participates in different organizations on campus, is student body President of her college, and enhances her resume with amazing entertainment internships – enters, Roc Nation!  This collegiate scholar exudes what it means to be successful: she has

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Ijeamaka Obasi

Foley And Lardner LLP Summer Associate, Sylonda Lang

For Sylonda Lang, making the decision to attend Spelman College evolved into personal and professional development helping her to find a career path she loves. As a summer associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, I’d say she’s headed towards success, but her success didn’t come without challenges. From searching for scholarships to navigating the OCI process, Sylonda

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Ijeamaka Obasi

Saga Innovations Site Director, Camille Ehlers

Motivated by Michelle Alexander’s, The New Jim Crow, Camille Ehlers was compelled to move to Chicago’s infamous South Side to make a difference. As a catalyst for change, she embodies the word “educator.” She is committed to providing quality tutoring services and opportunities to youth. We couldn’t wait to sit down with her and learn more about her relentless

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Ashley Obasi

Common Ground/Mgs Senior Account Executive, Nathalie Day

Spending time getting to know Nathalie was truly a rewarding experience. She exemplifies the saying “Being About Your Business”. Her passion for creativity is the powerhouse that landed her a job at one the top cultural marketing firms in the country. She gets paid to do what she loves. Read on to find out more

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Tikkara Cooper

Research Assistant, Lysa Uwizeyimana

When we heard of Lysa’s story we knew we had to feature her on Black Girls Graduate. Her talents and wisdom far exceed her age and her personal narrative is one of perseverance and triumph. As an exchange student from Rwanda, Lysa never takes opportunities for granted to show excellence in everything she does –

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Tikkara Cooper

Istanbul English Teacher, Tresha Buckle

Tresha is a woman of many talents. Photographer turned educator, Tresha defies the tradition of working a 9 to 5 to only afford the bills by living her life to enjoy it. She believes that life in itself should be a journey of different interests and opportunities. She pushes herself past her fears and failures to

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