Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Paedia Mixon, CEO of New American Pathways. The non-profit is based right here in Atlanta, GA and focuses on helping thousands of refugees achieve long-term success on their path to citizenship.
As our meeting came to a close, I asked her for any parting words or advice for young girls entering the working world.
Her answer stuck with me. And I thought I’d share it with you:
Most people look for jobs that already exist. But you don’t have to be constrained by the environment around you. ~Paedia Mixon, CEO of New American Pathways
Surprisingly, the young CEO referenced an episode from the popular TV show “Friends” to explain this lesson.Â Whether you’re familiar with the show or not, the lesson will resonate with you, I promise.
Let me set the scene:
Monica and Phoebe are co-hosting a surprise party. And Monica is, well, controlling. So she put Phoebe Â in charge of just the “cups and ice.” But did Phoebe let this task constrain her? No. Instead, she ran with it.
Phoebe made snow cones. She built banners, centerpieces and hats all made out of cups. There was even a cup chandelier. You see, the point is, don’t allow yourself to be constrained. Take the resources you have, the opportunities you have, and make your own thing. You don’t always have to do things “the way they’ve always been done.” Be creative. Try a whole bunch of things until you find what’s right for you. And when you find that thing you like, throw yourself at it. Go all in. Run with it.
Cups and ice. It’s as simple as that.
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Our interns are at it again… and this time, they enjoyed some Italian food with some great company, Joy DiBenedetto. Joy has a long list of accomplishments, but she’s best known for her roles at CNN, CARE, and Friendship Force International. She is currently founder and CEO of HUM, a media company dedicated to “closing the geographic gap in media.” This essentially means the company reports stories from 117 countries and territories that otherwise would go unheard.
Here’s what our interns took away from their meeting:
–Look for gaps: Embrace your inner-journalist. Be curious, ask questions. Find holes and missing pieces to the story. If you can’t find an answer, help create a solution.
–Market your ideas: Today’s technologies are your friend. You don’t need a gate keeper anymore, you have the ability and means to develop your ideas and market them yourself (Joy did this with her First Ladies Coalition).
–Find yourself before you find yourself with someone else:Â Whether this means traveling or just discovering where your true passions lie, Joy says it’s important to find out what you love about yourself before taking the next steps with someone else.
–Never stop learning/networking:Â Take every opportunity you get to learn something new. You never know when you may need to apply those skills in a later task or job. The same goes for networking. You never know when a former connection could lead to your next big thing.
–Fellowships:Â There are so many opportunities out there. It is just a matter of finding and pursuing what really interests you. Don’t be afraid to try.
Like her name says, it was truly a joy to meet her. Thanks, Joy!
-Lauren Sloan and Alison Menhart, NewsON interns
This afternoon, our interns sat down with Jane Williams, Executive Vice President of Television at Cox Media Group. Williams has this saying, a motto, if you will; one that embodies who she is as a person and shows how she has risen to such prominence today.
So, what’s this motto, you ask? One that she even hung up on her wall. It goes a little something like this:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, butÂ peopleÂ will never forget how you make them feel.” -Maya AngelouÂ
And boy, is it true. Though the girls won’t forget what Mrs. Williams said (they took detailed notes, of course) they definitely won’t ever forget how empowered she made them feel, especially as two young women entering the work force (no notes needed there).
Here’s what they learned:
What’s the difference between managers and leaders? Managers do things right. But leaders do the right thing. There’s a difference there, and that difference is key.
Don’t be afraid of conflict. Address the problem head-on; there’s no point in running from the inevitable, you’re going to have to deal with the issue eventually. Even if you simply agree to disagree, at least you’re not avoiding the problem.
When faced with difficult situations or discussions, Williams likes to use her humor to diffuse the situation and lighten the mood. The opportunity to make someone smile is priceless, she says. And what better way to do that than laughter.
Some people say life’s not a destination, it’s a journey. But Jane has a different saying: life’s a dance. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t have a great time while dancing? Exactly… So dance everyday; enjoy it.
Yup, that’s her philosophy. But you see, the trick is you can’t do it for a promotion; you need to do it because you genuinely care. Eventually, your hard work and good morale will give you a good name in the industry. And before you know it, people will be tapping on your shoulder asking you to make them look that good. So really it’s a win, win.
Thank you, Jane Williams, for being a true inspiration for the future of the business.
-Lauren Sloan, NewsON Intern
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