Shari Mills on Giving Yourself Permission to Fight for Your Worth

In #BlackTea episode 6, we explore the associate media director's thriving career

This week's guest is an 11-year industry veteran who fell in love with advertising at age 8 after seeing the movie Corrina Corrina. (That's two women I've interviewed so far who have found their dream jobs from TV or movies, so, kids, tell your moms TV helps!) We discuss her journey from collecting "Got Milk?" ads to her first job in media trafficking. Shari shares one thing she has learned along the way: "It's OK to question yourself, but it's also OK to have confidence in yourself." We manifest her next goal of becoming a managing director, geek out about event planning, and get a peek at her creative baked goodies. Plus, we unpack the impact Black women have just by being in the room, and the inherent burden that comes with being underrepresented at work. Enjoy and share!

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Michelle Lawrence
Michelle Lawrence is an associate creative director (art) and host of Black Tea.

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