How to build a name for yourself

This applies to virtually any field or vocation:

1) Work your way up and get known through association and paying dues. Find apprenticeships, study under well-respected industry leaders, give back, and work hard.

2) Go rogue. Build a brand/name based on your observations and leverage your audience (once you’ve built it) to get where you’re trying to go.

No wrong answer here, but it’s helpful to decide up front how you’re going about it.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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