Ep 55 - Meet, Dannielle Cumberbatch, VP, Product Operations, Rakuten Advertising

In this episode you meet Dannielle Cumberbatch. Dannielle has over 20 years of experience in the digital & performance-based marketing industry. She grew up loving computers and socially was in the middle of everything – sports, academic activities, Girl Scouts © and anything fun. Dannielle credits her tenure within the business to her mix of client service experience and technical know-how, which allows her to pull the best out of People & Machine. Dannielle got her first taste of entrepreneurship during her college years as an independent singer/songwriter. She officially transitioned into the business marketing scene, working as an intern at an independent marketing company - Own Your Power Communications, run by Simone Kelly. During her time at Own Your Power, Dannielle was webmaster for the site and responsible for organizing geo-targeted promotional campaigns to increase awareness and attendance of local OYP events in NY, NJ, GA, FL & Wash, DC. Joining Rakuten Advertising in 2006, Mrs. Cumberbatch was selected to build a brand new service offering for the business – identifying and activating Lead Generation partnerships with publishers who distribute offers through Form-Hosting, Web Display, Email, Search (SEM/SEO), Pay-Per-Call: Mobile, Print & Per-inquiry Radio. At its peak, Dannielle was responsible for a client portfolio with an annual revenue target of $17M+.

In her most recent role as Vice-President, Product Operations, Dannielle leads a dynamic, global team responsible for the technical integration and marketing launch of brands seeking to increase their distribution and sales opportunities through Affiliate, Search and Programmatic Display channels. With clients seeking to drive new online and offline sales, within the Americas and Internationally, Dannielle’s daily work responsibilities all lead back to how her and her team can ensure the client satisfies their consumer privacy needs, create a workflow that supports their business profitability goals; and has the best onboarding experience. Outside of work, Dannielle is a wife and mother of two beautiful children and pushes to be a better version of herself every day.

Some of the things that stood out to me during our conversation were about:

~The importance of keeping receipts when it comes to self advocacy.

~Deciding where you put your focus.

~The role of entrepreneurship in a corporate setting.

~How to remain visible when the company you work for is going through growing pains.

~Balancing herself, her spouse and her children during COVID.

~The importance of asking for and accepting help.

Really grateful to Dannielle for sharing a bit of her career journey with us.

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Ep 54 - Meet Minyon Moore, Partner, Dewey Square Group

In this episode you meet Minyon Moore, Partner at Dewey Square Group and former Democratic National Committee CEO.

Minyon is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers with extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy. She leads DSG’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices with clients ranging from the Fortune 100 to startup non-profits seeking counsel for developing strategies that address emerging consumer markets and achieve public policy goals. She specializes in building coalitions and brand awareness strategies for corporations while at the same time effectively addressing their state and local public policy issues.

Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, Minyon served as Assistant to the President and Director of White House Political Affairs, in this capacity, she served as the principal political adviser to the President, Vice President, First Lady and senior White House staff, with primary responsibility for planning outreach and directing the political activities of the White House.

She also developed and coordinated legislative strategy, Administration policy, and communications planning with senior White House staff. As CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Minyon was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Democratic Party.

Minyon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the Boston University Digital Filmmaking Program(DC). A noted speaker and filmmaker, Minyon has continues to serve as a guest lecturer and has lectured at Yale University and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2018 Minyon was awarded the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the AAPC Hall of Fame.

Her book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, co-authored with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway and Leah Daughtry, was awarded the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Non- Fiction.

We discussed:

- Leaning in

- Imposter Syndrome

- Coloring outside the box

- Having it all

- Sacrifices for greatness

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Ep 53 - Meet Chastity Lord, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program

In this episode you meet Chastity Lord. Chastity has spent two decades dedicated to DISMANTLING systems of inequity for marginalized communities.

Chastity is currently the President and CEO at Jeremiah Program (JP), a national organization committed to disrupting the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time.

JP’s proven, holistic approach begins with establishing a supportive community for single mothers to pursue a career-track, college education. Through a combination of quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training, families find stability to respond to the proven systemic barriers that impede social and economic mobility. JP deeply believes that families are the best owners and narrators of their lives. History has proven time and again that building infrastructure, leadership, and power for marginalized communities creates a contagion of long-term change. When single women living in poverty THRIVE, their children and everyone living in the community THRIVES.

Chastity also recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Color of Change (COC), a racial justice organization with over 2+ million members. Prior to joining COC, Chastity was the Chief External Officer of Achievement First, a nonprofit organization that operates 42 charter schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Brooklyn. Over five years, Chastity worked with community leaders to secure $200 million dollars, favorable expansion terms and progressive educational policy funding, helping level the playing field for poor and marginalized communities.

Later Chastity spent eight years at The Posse Foundation, a nationally recognized and MacArthur Genius awarded college access program, devoted to public high school students who show academic and leadership potential but may be overlooked by the traditional college admissions process.

Chastity’s professional north star and commitment to equity and social justice for the past two decades is influenced by her own personal experience as a first-generation college graduate. Chastity understands that education is not the panacea for inequity but unapologetically credits it to transforming how she dreams and disrupting the cycle of poverty for her own family.

Chastity has a BA in organizational communication from University of Oklahoma and an MBA in strategy and marketing from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a 2012 Pahara-Aspen Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Network and serves on the board of Shriver National Center on Poverty and Law.

During our conversation we discuss:

- Getting from good to excellent

- Creating Beyonce Coachella moments in your career

- Building your network

- Passion for the work

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Ep 52 - Meet Ezinne (Kwubiri) Okoro, North America, Head of Inclusion & Diversity at H&M

In this episode you meet Ezinne (Kwubiri) Okoro, North America, Head of Inclusion & Diversity at H&M. Ezinne is a global citizen, change agent, diversity leader, and ally. Her professional career began in the financial services industry, though she quickly set her sights to the media and entertainment industries. During her 11-year tenure at Viacom Media Networks (MTV), Ezinne served in various roles in auditing, compliance, project management, change management, diversity & inclusion and employee engagement. This thought leader is now using her talents in the fashion industry as H&M’s North America’s Head of Inclusion & Diversity. In this role, she is tasked with creating a strategic framework, facilitating, and leading the company’s mission to foster diversity, inclusion, democracy, and respect for all its employees. Ezinne’s proven track record for executing with excellence, driving innovative results, and championing for progressive change, speak for themselves. Recently named amongst 30 Black Stars by Face2Face Africa and ESSENCE Magazine’s Women to Watch; Ezinne uses her experience and network to support organizations that empower young girls and service underrepresented communities. Her world view is one that upholds the values that mandate equality, access, and opportunity for all humanity.

During our conversation some of the things we discuss:

- Impostor Syndrome

- Inviting yourself into the room

- Finding mentors

- The importance of your network and how to leverage your network.

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