Category: Employment

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startup story level up financial planning

Quitting to Start a Business

I share my personal story of quitting my job to start my business, Level Up Financial Planning. While working in a position many would consider a dream position, with a 6-month-old at home, I quit my job. It was the scariest decision I ever made. In addition to my story, I share a few of the financial steps I took before quitting and a couple of things I wish I had done differently. Job hunting…
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August 25, 2020 0
leo youckey navigating racism & burnout

Navigating Race & Burnout in Tech With Leo Yockey

Leo Yockey is a Software Engineer, Writer, and Speaker from Los Angeles. He runs a digital agency called MangoBass Consulting and is an advocate for underrepresented people in the tech industry. Leo shares his unique story and perspective as a transgender black man in tech. Making a career change Self-taught and coding bootcamp resources Importance of a mentor Real-world example of systemic racism Creating multiple streams of income Monetizing your expertise Unlearning money myths Breaking…
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August 16, 2020 0
user experience researcher nannearl brown

UX Research with Nannearl Brown

Nannearl Brown is a user experience researcher who journeyed into the field by way of systems engineering and the social impact space. Most recently, she led the UX, product management, and design efforts for over a year as the Director of UX for the LA-based beauty tech startup, Emma Beauty. She cares greatly about creating a shared understanding of the tech industry with all, most especially with Black people and other marginalized groups. Nannearl shares…
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June 16, 2020 0