Singer and LinkedIn member, @mariememusic, is all about evolving. One of the key reasons Marieme’s career has grown is because she has been authentic to herself. She also makes the effort to extend that authenticity to everyone around her through empathy and understanding. “Being human like that creates space where people are not just trying to survive, but they are able to thrive.” Knowing herself has moved Marieme's career forward and now her voice reaches the world, connecting others through music.
LinkedIn member, @t_rez, feels like he’s achieved his goal if his designs bring smiles to others. Tommy brings positivity to life through all his creations. However, like every career journey, the daily grind can take its toll. "For me, there are definitely highs and lows of being an independent freelance artist. To avoid burnout, I like being conscious of taking breaks in my process.“ Tommy makes the effort to pause and try new creative things to get different parts of his brain engaged. By taking time for himself, he stays inspired and continues his journey to share happiness with others.
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LinkedIn member and founder of Period Inc., @nadyaokamoto, discovered her voice through activism. She founded what is now a culture-shifting movement at a point in her life when she felt powerless and voiceless. Through her organization, Nadya was able to share her ideas, fight for something she believes in, and push people to think differently about menstrual equity and gender equality. “It's what made me realize the power and potential of my own voice.” Through sharing her story, Nadya has given a new perspective to her cause and is using her voice to make the changes she wants to see for women around the world.
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Social media entrepreneur and LinkedIn member, @nataliezfat, left a traditional career in print media to create her own lane in the digital world. "Like any decent entrepreneur, I recognized the demand for social media expertise - and created a supply.” Using social media, Natalie was able to chart her own course and build a rewarding career. “I think if you’re working 40 hours a week and not having any fun, you might want to re-evaluate how you’re going to spend the next 40 years.” Now, 10 years in and over 100 clients stronger, she is loving her choice. "If I can get away with doing this for the rest of my life, I will." 📸: @grantfriedmanphoto
When Senior Brand Strategist, content creator, and LinkedIn member @Nelson_Yong was working in a large tech firm, he knew he had to push himself to succeed. “I knew deep down that I wasn't fully utilizing my creative mind to create solutions for the brands I really want to work with.” Using his professional network, he was able to build connections — and a portfolio of clients. “I can tangibly see my connections, I can learn from the latest news and insights, and I can brand myself personally so I can reach that next marketing client.” Even after shifting to a successful career as a marketing consultant, he’s not resting on his laurels. “I take every engagement as a chance to prove myself (while adding value to the client) so that I'm creating the case study, not just following one.” 📸: @mallory.macdonald
Transgender rights speaker, Salesforce intern, and LinkedIn member, Yasmin Vitoria, knows that it’s extremely important to work for a company that is aligned with her purpose. When she started her career, Yasmin felt she could not be true to herself, but she quickly learned that her happiness is non-negotiable and found a company that supported her. “Now, I’m Yasmin, a transgender black woman who works for Salesforce dealing with company customers every day.” She uses her voice to help others learn that investing in diversity is a priority. Yasmin believes companies should consider the full spectrum of diversity when hiring their workforce—and that starts with better understanding the needs of underrepresented groups. 📸: @marianapekin
Designer, New York Times best-selling author, and LinkedIn member, @JustinaBlakeney, has always been motivated by being underestimated. She encourages others to, “...own who you are, play to your strengths, and always (always!) strive for growth.” This mindset has taken her career to new levels. She consistently sets goals, small and large, to push herself creatively and professionally. Being true to herself has made Justina realize every success makes her career that much sweeter. 📸 #2@loloirugs
LinkedIn member, Nicole Giordano of @startupfashion, knew from a young age that she wanted to work for herself. Starting out, she didn’t know exactly what that looked like. Her love of fashion eventually led her to a cause worth pursuing —helping others thrive. "I wanted independent makers of fashion to feel supported and legit, not dismissed and excluded.” Inspired, Nicole created StartUp Fashion, a blog that quickly became a source of support for independent fashion startups. She was able to approach her career her way, turning a cause into a business. With members in every country, Nicole is making a global change by helping fashion startups grow their way.
LinkedIn member, Jess Crow of @crowcreekdesigns, is a builder, artist, and teacher. One thing that has helped her achieve success in her career is being able to overcome fear. From working in a male-dominated field to pursuing her passion in art, Jess has pushed herself to adapt, learn, and grow. It can be scary, but she continues to find confidence through the art she creates and shares that same determination with others through teaching. "Showing people how art can transform not only your home, but your self-confidence will always be amazing to me."
Actor and LinkedIn member, @looqhamilton has performed in front of packed audiences throughout his career, but he’s found out the “business" part of showbiz can play a major role in success. “At the end of the day, you are essentially running your own small business where the product you’re selling is you.” For Luke, that was one of the hardest parts to prepare for in his profession. "A lot of the business is learned tribally, which is why it’s so important to be involved in the community.” Finding and learning from those he trusted was important. From mentors to colleagues, Luke surrounded himself with those who could provide the insights he needed to thrive on and off the stage. With that community, he can confidently walk into the spotlight.
Professional ballet dancer and LinkedIn member, @_xander, excelled to become a principal dancer at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet, but getting there was no easy feat. He battled doubt from the very beginning of his career in London. “I worked my hardest to be noticed for roles, but I remained overlooked and was left to carry props backstage for four years.” As frustrating as it was, Xander seized an opportunity to practice with a guest ballet master and worked hard to make a positive impression. "(When) he left, I thought that was that, but six months later that same man became the director of Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet. He remembered me and sent a message to invite me to join the company.” Xander embraced the opportunity, overcame his doubt, and took a leap forward in his career. 📸 #2: @silaavvakum
After excelling in music, award-winning classical soprano and LinkedIn member @Rhitrition shifted her career path. She found herself “disillusioned” with the industry and decided she wanted to work toward another love: nutrition. But that transition came with self-doubt and insecurities. “I had to learn another language which was worlds away from my musical background.” Despite the obstacles presented, she pushed forward and discovered her own, unique version of success. Now with every recipe and dish she creates, Rhiannon inspires others to do the same and live their best lives -- from the inside out.
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