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I used to play it small…

I used to play small. I was that junior associate partners said knew the answers and had good ideas, but wouldn’t speak up. I remember one saying I needed to believe in myself more, that I needed more confidence.

That’s how I started my career. I didn’t speak up. I didn’t share my ideas. I didn’t feel good enough. I didn’t feel like I belonged at a big law firm as one of the few.

I felt grateful to just be there, to be in that space…

My mindset has changed more than I could have imagined since then. I know my value and my worth. I believe I belong in whatever space I enter. But my journey has been long to get to that mindset. It’s been 15 years.

If you’re ever questioning your seat at the table, you need to listen to this episode of the podcast with Illianna Acosta.

She’s Dominican and she’s first gen. She leads a team at LinkedIn with over 20 years of exerience. She also co-chairs the Hispanic employee resource group at LinkedIn. 🔥

She’s a powerhouse. Her words will pierce through you. They will deeply resonate. Her energy is infectious and she keeps it 💯.

Oh, and I’ve been making the bed lately because of what she shares.

Listen wherever you get your podcasts or listen here:


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