Avoid Meetings on Fridays. Unless Beyoncé Calls.
Last year, after just four months of opening Ethel’s Club, a social group and safe space invented for people of color, founder Naj Austin had to make a hard pivot from IRL to virtual fellowship amid a global pandemic. A heavy undertaking given the circumstances and uncertainty of the world. But Austin was game for the unforeseen challenges and refocused to build a path forward that is all about “creating a digital space that speaks to people in a way where they gravitate toward it.”
In Active Voice, writer Brianna Holt’s new interview series for GEN, where Holt catches up with activists and social justice leaders to dissect the successful campaigns they’ve led and the lessons learned along the way, Austin shares critical tips and reminders for us:
- Stick to your vision
- Think critically about leadership and championing change, both internally and externally
- Respect your mental and emotional boundaries
Bonus tip: Don’t take meetings on Fridays. Unless it’s Beyoncé.
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