These 5 Women Proved 2018 Was The Year Of The Black Woman

MEET RACHEL | THE PROFESSIONAL 

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In May 2017 I ventured to my Alma mater, The Philadelphia High School for Girls to speak at career day about my experience in my field of Human Resources. I remember being a teenager sitting in a few career day classes only enthused because I got to select the careers I thought I may one day work in. I knew that it would be hard to maintain the interest of a bunch of teenagers who have yet to find out what “Human Resources” is. So I thought to myself, “what can I share with these girls about my career that may hold their interest?”. My answer: I can teach them how to strengthen their chances of becoming employed. No matter what the desired field the one common factor that we’ll all have to endure to get to the next level is to pass the interview. I taught three interview etiquette workshops for 45 ministers which led to the employment of four students. That was the beginning. In 2018, I have since held 15 workshops at:

  • High school of the Future
  • Boys & Girls Club 
  • Baltimore NAF High School (Baltimore)
  • Villanova University
  • LaSalle University
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Sunshine Society
  • St. Josephs University
  • Quintessionally Made Inc.
  • James Lowell Russell School 
  • Simon Gratz High School
  • Philadelphia FIGHT

My greatest accomplishment in 2018 was conducting my own Professional Development workshop teaching Interview Etiquette at Duafe Holistic Hair Care in the heart of North Philadelphia. Expecting a small turn up of 10-15 participants I exceeded my expectations and had an audience of 30-40 people. Participants left with information of professional etiquette, proper interview dress code, job opportunities, answers to common interview questions, and a few lucky participants went home with tools to job start their professional journey.

I have also been featured on the Solomon Jones morning show with Praise Philly 107.9.

Mentorship has been instilled in me since childhood. When I was thirteen years old I joined an organization called Teenshop Inc. at Grace Baptist Church which guided girls with goals. Their different women were positioned in front me to show me humility, etiquette, professionalism, confidence, and a future. Growing up I always knew I was meant to pass those teachings on. It is my goal to one day create a mentor program but for now, I decided to start with workshops. I combined my education, experience, and passion for Mentorship in the form of Interview Etiquette workshops. After graduating from Philadelphia High School for Girls, I attended Bowie State University in 2011. I furthered my education in Human Resources after I received a certification in Human Resources Management (2014) from Villanova University Alliance. My HR career began that same year when I joined Century 21 Department Store as a Human Resources Assistant. Since I’ve taken on roles such as Staffing and Recruitment Coordinator. Now as a Human Resource Leader with Target Corp. I use my experience to source great talent to groom hopeful candidates for employment.