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In my first professional role, I was fortunate to have a Black manager. I was a young software engineer, 20 years old — right out of college, when I had an unfortunate conversation with a team member. The conversation had a lot of racist undertones. As a Black women working for a Black manager, I […]

“Now keep in mind I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit” – Erykah Badu Sometimes I’m a hater, particularly when it comes to my work and organizations in similar spaces. It’s real and a characteristic I have to actively manage. HBCUvc is deeply personal for me. It is me. It is my family […]

This week, Forbes published their annual 30 Under 30 list. A friend texted me and said he noticed Forbes featured more Black people in the venture capital category than previous years. He hinted that some of HBCUvc’s work may be shifting the industry. Three years ago, we started an annual list to highlight rising Black […]

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a crowded BART train. There was a young black teenager sitting in a seat and had his foot on another seat listening to music through his headphones. An older white man, my assumption was this man was minimally 50 years or older, entered the train and sat […]

It is important to have a seat at the table. It is more important that one does not lose sight of who they are or their values in the process of attaining a seat at the table. It is even more important that one does not remain silent once they are at that table. Because […]

I’m currently reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. The core of the book proposes we could have more meaningful work by eliminating distractions. About 6 years ago, I went without a mobile phone for an entire year. What if I rehashed this experiment? Six years ago, living without a phone was great. However, I don’t […]

This review is written mainly for self-reflection. But publishing in the case others can find value in my self-notes. I walked into 2016 with no expectations. Mainly because I was a new parent and was so unsure of what the year would bring.  With no expectations, 2016 was full of positive surprises. A few professional […]

It’s 30 minutes past midnight on Christmas Day. I’ve just awaken, as my newborn son starts to squirm for his next feeding. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” plays in the background. Its the perfect cinematic score, provided by the bar below our apartment.     This is my first Christmas, in a while, spent […]