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Joanna Caouette, Program Coordinator, PosperityME: The Center for Financial Education

What are your top strategies for success?

As a Black immigrant woman, I have to work twice as hard to be successful. I cannot afford to wait for opportunities; I have to go after them and be persistent. Here are my top strategies:

  • When it comes to my professional growth, I’ve replaced all the ifs by whens.
  • By improving myself instead of proving myself, I let my work speak for me.
  • It’s OK to ‘reinvent the wheel’ if that means innovation that will improve processes and impact.
  • I’ve learned to be more like water: flexible and adaptable, but forceful when necessary.
  • Always negotiate your salary.