Today we’d like to introduce you to Toni Howard Lowe.
Toni, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My career in Human Resources began more than a decade ago and since that time, I’ve made it my mission to advocate for women and minorities in the workplace; to challenge Fortune 100, 200, and 500 organizations to eradicate pay disparity for women and bridge the career gap for underrepresented minority professionals entering the workforce.
Early on in my career, I noticed that the gaps for people who looked like me in corporate America—women, minorities, millennials—were plentiful and the thought leaders addressing them were few. I’ve always been outspoken and regularly shared my insights with friends, family, and other professionals. I’d been featured in top tier publications and even invited to the White House; however, the idea to give voice to my own platform wasn’t birthed in 2014.
The Corporate Tea, an online and offline platform that helps professionals navigate the unspoken and unwritten rules of Corporate America began an extension of my social brand of the same name. At its core, it is a channel for me to speak directly to professionals in my own voice; on my own terms. As creator and Founder, I take on the hard topics from micro-inequities in the workplace to HR basics. I share ‘the tea’ on how to architect your career, as well as my musings on thriving in corporate America.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I became an influencer in the career advice space there were very few people approaching the genre in the way that I do. My biggest challenge now is the commoditization of career advice. New experts and brands pop up daily and creating content that cuts through the clutter is more challenging than ever. However, I am intent and focused on remaining true to my brand, my message and the communities I came to serve and nothing else. I want to use my knowledge, experience, and gifts to leave corporate America and the world better than I found it.
The Corporate Tea – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a speaker, career strategist, and creator and Founder of The Corporate Tea, I tap my decade plus of human resources leadership to help organizations and professionals build better workforces and manage their careers. What sets me apart is that I’ve actually ‘walked the talk’. I understand firsthand how to help companies and professionals win. I can share ‘the tea’ on how to curate a career in corporate America because I live it myself.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I am most proud of is my annual women’s conference PowHER Moves a one-day, interactive summit designed to inspire and empower women to live their best career life. Each year I convene a collective of career-minded women with a mission to provide support to women looking for next-level career strategies to supercharge their careers. Career strategists, corporate mavens, coaches, and experts, empower and equip attendees with the tools to navigate their career journey. Panelists and speakers share their career secrets, dissect the unspoken and unwritten rules of business, and most importantly, share strategies on how to thrive—not just survive—in corporate America. PowHER Moves is my proudest professional accomplishment to date.
- Website: www.thecorporatetea.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thecorporatetea
- Facebook: /thecorporatetea
- Twitter: @thecorporatetea
- Other: www.powhermovesconference.com
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