Dear Demetra & Bemetra, We are writing to thank you for such a wonderful presentation. We have received great feedback from the 1L Scholars and the members about your presentation at the LCLD 1L Scholars Summit. Your presentation was obviously tailored to our audience, the material was directly on point and both of you related to the audience on their level, which is why the session at the Summit was such a success. When Lori and I first heard the Corporate Homie podcasts we immediately knew that the content was what the first year law students needed to have to be successful during their summer internships working at both law firms and corporations. The podcasts are presented with enthusiasm and energy that is very contagious, which is why it was no surprise that your ability to bring the advice to life in the live presentation “Advice to My Former Self” at the LCLD 1L Scholars Summit was truly the highlight of the event. Seeing you two in person feels like getting advice from your best friend in the comfort of your own living room! We look forward to watching the company grow, and to working with you again in the very near future.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
Corporate Homie gave a presentation at Air Liquide on optimizing one's opportunities within the workplace. The talk and materials were relevant, tangible, current and fresh. Corporate Homie covered the basics of how to successfully optimize opportunities and brand yourself in the modern corporate work environment - but all of the points were made with real world, contemporary situations, a touch of empirical and anecdotal research on the issue involved, along with fresh insights and practical strategies for how to move the ball forward in one's career. It was definitely an hour that added value to how I view my contribution in the workplace to meet my organization's goals.
Air Liquide USA LLC
While I was negotiating for the largest salary increase I’ve ever sought for a new position, my dream job. This negotiation was a high stakes situation such that if my salary goals were not met I would have to decline the position, which of course I did not want to do. I met with the person who would be my boss if I accepted the position to discuss salary and benefits. From this meeting, it was clear to me that we are not at all on the same page regarding salary. Being frustrated, I consulted Corporate Homie about how to respond moving forward. They reminded me that salary negotiation is a process and to remain calm and vigilant….essentially that this was the first day and there was time to get to an agreement. Corporate Homie also wanted to make sure that I knew my worth while keeping mind a few other questions: (a) is what you are asking for reasonable? (b) had I done my homework and knew compensation information surrounding similar positions? If the answers were yes, then I needed to be ready to decline the offer. That next day I sent another email my future boss to further discuss salary. In this email, I provided additional justification for my salary request. He appreciated my email, but again signaled that we were too far apart in number and was unsure how we would find common ground. In speaking with Corporate Homie again, they encouraged me that this dialogue was progress. They told me that I should be encourage as my boss would likely take my offer and additional justification to his superior and make my case for me. They he would likely advocate that I was the right person for this position and that they needed rethink the salary. On the day they planned to present their final offer to me, I was nervous. I was not sure that I had done enough to convince them but also clear that I would turn down the position if needed. To my surprise, but not Corporate Homie’s J, they came within $10K of meeting my offer. I am in now in my new job and loving it. I greatly thank Corporate Homie for this expertise and guidance. Specifically, they counseled me about the negotiating process on this new, more expansive level and how these things go. Second, they helped me understand how knowledge of self can help empower you during these negotiations. Without this knowledge I might have caved much earlier. And finally, third, they informed me that I had a sponsor, my new boss, who would work on my behalf to help me secure the position. My good relationship with him was necessary in this negotiation process. Corporate Homie has the right depth of experience and wisdom to help you navigate all levels of your career. Although I am an experienced cancer researcher, this was a new experience for me and I am glad I sought the counsel of my corporate homies.
Department of Health Disparities Research University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center