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5 Career Lessons from Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O’Brien


#HerAgendaLive, December 10, 2015 (Image: Rosann Santos// @RosannSantosLHE)

I’ve been a Soledad O’Brien stan for years!

As a journalist, I respect the way my fellow Afro-Latina (yes, she’s a Black Latina, too!) tackles hard-hitting topics that affect the Black and Latino community in the U.S. In recent years, the award-winning journo stepped out on faith, launching Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories.

I can imagine she felt some fear while preparing to step into a new journey, but what did it take for her to push through that? What are the keys to this power woman’s successful career?

If you attended HerAgenda and AlleyNYC’s “Overcoming Fear, Facing Failure and Actualizing Ambition,” gems were shared by O’Brien, Director of Digital at WeWork Victoria Taylor; Meagan Hooper, founder of, and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. They discussed navigating their respective careers and dealing with setbacks and fear.

Here are five career tips from the media exec that are perfect for professionals at any stage in their career.

Develop a strategy.

Dreams don’t come true unless you work for them. A strategy will help you map out your vision and set you on the path to achieving your goals and dreams.



Stay cool.

It’s absolutely natural to want to freak out, cry or wallow in fear. But how does that get you to the next stage? Have your moment, but always remember to keep cool.

When you feel like quitting, push through. Go through today and see how you feel. You’ll most likely reflect back on how you made it through. All the motivation necessary to take on the next day.

  What happens when you realize you’re no longer being valued? ¡Hasta luego! When you’re no longer being valued, it’s time to reevaluate things. More often than not it is time to move on.

Don’t crumble.

Mistakes happen. Carry on!


To see tons of other career advice and tips, click through the #HerAgendaLive hashtag.

What career lessons have you learned in 2015? Share those with us in the comments section below.  


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