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Being Yourself: Unveiling Your Mask in the Workplace

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"To truly succeed in the workplace, minority employees must acquire a bi-cultural identity which enables them to differentiate the essential differences between their 'home' and 'work' personas. Ironically, the mask slips, usually due to extreme stress or fatigue. (Source: RHR Intl Executive Development | Journey to the Top: Developing African-American Executives).

In this episode, Michelle Smalls, HR Director and former HR Business Partner at a software company joins host Debrah Mathis and her co-host Divya Parekh to discuss perception bias and why diverse women leaders can and should be authentic in the workplace.

Michelle Smalls has more than 10+ years of Human Resources experience in industries i.e. Health care and Technology. She currently holds her PHR certification in Human Resources and a Master's in Business Administration. Her career began in the health care industry where she was instrumental in helping to achieve business objectives and goals. Through her exposure in the health care and then in the technology industry, it has allowed her to develop a unique blend of skills and expertise in her career field.

Divya Parekh is CEO of The DP Group. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education & career leadership coach. Also known as Confidence Catalyst, she helps executives, professionals, coaches & youth harness their drive to succeed by building inner confidence and skills for constant improvement. Learn more at divyaparekh.com.

Debrah Mathis is the Managing Principal/President of E2S Solutions Professional Coaching LLC in Dallas, Texas, a world-class, value-driven company that delivers bespoke programs that help you develop a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, your family and relationships as a whole. To work with Debrah, go to www.EngagetoSuccess.com.

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