Don’t just go into business with anybody - it can ruin you

Don’t just go into business with anybody - it can ruin you

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i mean you can tell the people don't hear you tell me no no no it's because there's always somebody here oh five okay yeah five is yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah somebody here even if one of us or two of us can't it's all right at least two or more people yeah yeah yep welcome to uh melanated air this is lennae javette um and this is the melanie air hour as you know we do this every tuesday and thursday around two i'm gonna start saying um i don't do this by myself i do this with anywhere like faye was just saying from two to five of us at any given time today i'm here with faye bishop at miss faye bishop and keisha ravenal at we inspire brand and we are talking about who you get in bed with not physically but in america i mean how about i'm again physical i don't know maybe some people get physical today we're talking about kimberly bryant who is the founder of black girls code being ousted from her own company she is the founder she is the ideologist she is the innovator she is the person who built black girls code brick by brick made it what it is today and what it is today just in case you don't know um black girls code was established in 2011 and since then kimberly bryant has established 15 chapter cities in the united states and abroad she hosts technology workshops hackathons and other enrichment opportunities for over 30 000 black girls okay so if you've never heard of her you don't know who she is that is who she is that is what black girls code does and in december her board turned her off they said here your email is turned off you are not welcome back in the in the company in the business you can she's still on staff but she is not considered to be an employee if you will of black girls code and so we're talking about who you get in bed with and why that's important hey dewan dawad amaya ahmed if you're just tuning in please drop a hi a hello this is my first time i've been here before i've been waiting for y'all to get back on the air today let us know that you're in the also let us know if you have you heard about this story have you heard about kimberly brian have you heard about black girls code do you know what's going on um but i the first thing that i want to talk about and i'm going to read some more so that i can just uh make sure that you guys are brought up to speed and you you really understand and know what's going on but the very first thing i want to talk about because i'm an entrepreneur fade's an entrepreneur he's just an entrepreneur how would you feel if you built a business built a whole company blood sweat and tears and you showed up one day and found out you couldn't get in the building man man listen i would be livid if some like if someone said like oh you don't have access to we inspire bran anymore like nothing no email no nothing [Laughter] but that's what happens when you choose a certain way to run your business so i didn't go the non-profit route so i don't have to worry about that like it's still going to be much better non-profit that have boards though that's true that's true too but we inspired brandon ain't one of them so i'm gonna your place of business not your place to work but your place of business and you couldn't get in i would be wondering what the up is going on i'm going to keep it 100 like what has happened what is going on and the worst thing of all would be asking that question of what is going on and nobody really having an answer for you and that would crush me i think i would be so devastated especially a company that i built from the ground up that would like i would be questioning everybody i would be wondering about you know were the people i was trusting all this time backstabbing me were they you know backdooring me what is going on and who's on your board we're gonna talk about that we're gonna talk about who you do business with who's on your board who should be supporting you because if my homegirl's in that room when they are making this vote i'm i'm pissed that somebody didn't be like i'm hold on like what are we doing who is the business for who was it created for like there's conversation that should be happening on this board opposed to just outing the ceo and founder the visionary like who are these individuals who are these people so at the time of this article it says at the time of publication which was december bryant is still employed at the non-profit but continued to not have access to her company email and internal platforms current employees and contractors were told that if they communicated with bryant they would immediately be fired okay so heard the allegations just so that we know what the allegations are let's see five former employees of black girls code spoke to techcrunch anonymously out of fear of retaliation about the state of affairs at bgc which is black girls code they confirmed the board's decision to look into the company culture after a summer of rapid turnover with many individuals citing brian as a key reason for parting ways bryant attributed the turnover to distributed work now like many orgs navigating the pandemic we have a lot of turnover in the last year mostly from folks we hired while virtual in 2020 we were not spared the great resignation which we all know is real we've talked about it on the platform before right so two former employees both who spent months at the organization in leadership capacities say employee churn was largely attributed to bryant's leadership style angry black woman which they described was rooted in fear when bryant was there they say she would publicly be raped managers within meetings okay repeatedly calling folks incompetent and urging to a and urging a manager to go back to school when they were unable to deliver on a certain task brian denied that she said this pointing to her choice to hire consultants to build a compensation policy to weigh employees years of experience over a number of degrees as a techie in an industry where not everyone needs a degree it's not something i place a high value on one employee said that a recurring phrase brian used was you're not living up to my expectations of what you should be even though the employees note she declined to give them independent access to widely used productivity tools no new employees were given access to salesforce which they said prevented them from accessing key information about the community they were tasked with serving the community whatever okay including names ages and history in the program one employee detailed the lack of onboarding process as well as bryant's absence in the daily operations in pursuit of media appearances now they're trying to throw under the bus people stayed because they figured out the work around said one of the former employees someone said that it was to your benefit to stay off her radar and if you could figure out how to execute your work even without access to specific systems you'd be fine brian said that bgc or black rose code just completed a five year strategy plan with the bride spin group that addresses operational concerns um a recently employed a recently resigned employee conveyed a mix of emotions i'm almost done we know how it is perceived to take down a black person they said and that's not even what we want to accomplish we want the organization organization to be under leadership that could continue the growth of our work despite belief in the mission they said they finally left the company partially thanks to consulting their therapist to work for an organization that is trying to change how you are treated valued and appreciated and when that doesn't happen again it's really a particular kind of betrayal so what you what what did you hear in that tell me what y'all heard in that well what i heard is sounds like there was a toxic workplace culture and we know that toxic workplace cultures are rife with hostility you have cliques you have gossip and it's a breeding ground for mistrust and selfishness and unfortunately when that starts to happen here comes the power struggle and a bunch of abusive leadership so that's what i got from that okay i heard another black woman in power that is abusing her power allegedly i want to know tasha k is going on [Laughter] so allegedly yeah we hear this all too often right black women they get in these leadership positions and they start like like someone said in the article they start berating the people that are subordinate to them so this is what i'm hearing and then the board of directors i guess got in front of it and said it was time for her to go because she was affecting the um the success i guess or like the culture like faye said of the organization and then they started to have turnover i'm sure even before the great resignation if this was really going on they had a lot of turnover you know before that so it's it's a it's it's a iffy uh subject man like i don't know it's crazy so this this one says i think there are a lot of imperfect leaders trying to do the very best and i believe that the story is about systemic complexity that is popping up for leaders of color ah uh i i wouldn't say color has anything to do with it and here's why because ellen degeneres had a similar situation take place last year um it was major news where it was reported that there was a bit of quite a bit of people quitting um due to the toxic workplace culture that was taking place over with her tv show um i definitely know that it kind of tarnished her image a little bit um so that's why i said i wouldn't necessarily point to it being a color thing or people in color in positions of leadership i do believe that it's more so a culture thing in the workplace it has it really boils down to work place culture and i believe hustle culture is one of the most normalized cultures in the workplace and often times micromanagement is at its core so that's how it tends to start do you think that if she had maybe had a more diverse board that so what i guess what i'm asking is when you have these type of situations or you have a black woman that rises to leadership i personally think it's important that she has other black people around her to coach and mentor her so if there's a toxic work environment and people are feeling this way having had a blackboard or more black people on the board somebody would martha stewart are like come here yo are they about to oust you you might need to get it together you might need to calm it down maybe not you know whatever it is that you're doing you know calm it down a little bit because this is what's happening we've gotten these complaints these are the things that are happening we don't want to take your company away from you so we need you to work on these things we need to fix them that's the only place where i think some some of it does have to do with race and color because if you have a business especially a business by the name of black girls code there should be some black people on your board there should be some black people in your your mentorship in your coaching in your staff somewhere that says hey this is what's happening this is what's going on because and i don't work there i'm not in it so i can't say one way or the other but we know that everybody doesn't view us in our leadership style and our communication style and how we operate the same so what could be toxic to some the one person might just be that's how black women are so i have a question i may have missed it so the entire board is white let me look and see the majority of the board heather or non-black i should say let me look let me let me let me double check i don't want to lie the person who filed the complaint her name is heather let me see uh heather hiles founder of ed tech company pathbrite is the person who ultimately decided to suspend kimberly bryant without fair investigation or substantiated allegations when asked for more specifics by techcrun heils responded in a text message that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the organization and the well-being of its staff i can confirm that the recent activities are a result of following through in that responsibility see and that's my thing i mean i don't know the protocol but why wasn't there a fair investigation like why would say that again i said what are you saying before right that's a good question like why what like why wasn't it investigated first and then action taken why was it why was it okay let's take this action and then you know we go from there i agree it sounds like something is missing it sounds like some pieces are missing from the story story and i'm glad lenay that you brought up the importance of having people of color on your board and things like that um there's a reason why people are often referred to as human capital in business you know people are invaluable assets in today's business world and when those at the helm of your organization are running at full speed ahead to meet and exceed business goals you have no choice but to trust your people to get the job done it becomes problematic when those that you don't trust um can't get the job done and the trust in your people i feel is like often an undervalued trait in many organizations today and it sounds like what happened here is nobody had her back not enough to in the very least seek and active investigation for this to happen so quick like that with the ceo of a company or or the president she will she started the company this was her brand this was her baby and she's just been completely x out of it there is something very suspect about that to me and it may possibly be more to the story that may be missing but it's also very important to have an organization where you have those on your team and your board that you can trust yeah i agree with you you can't trust your people to make your vision a reality and to have your back um you're in a tough place as a leader yeah i agree with both of you ladies like no one had her back enough to do an initial investigation or even before we even get to talking about an investigation get her some type of executive coaching or something if you're hearing rumors that her leadership style or the way she is a leader is not vibing with the organization like where is the conversation where is the coaching typically you do bring people you know outside uh companies in to train your leaders you know like just because you have the knowledge on you know tech doesn't mean you know how to be a leader so i feel like if the board had her back they should have started there yeah um someone said something about hustle culture yeah i'm about to play expound on that a little bit and why i said that um what i mean by hustle culture culture and why i brought that point up is because right now where we live in a i would say a society where profit everything is profit it doesn't matter what's going on everything is profit everything is about making money getting a bag right and this profit driven culture is known to exploit its workers by having them work longer hours with little in return and experiencing that of which the employees over at black girls code said that they have experience so that's why i brought up hustle culture because that kind of profit-driven culture hustle culture tends to produce toxic a toxic workplace environment that's why i brought that up so i just wanted to give clarity about that because someone seemed like they had a question about why i said that and i want to i want to correct myself i'm going to correct myself because i am looking for whatever reason i don't know why i can't share my screen i got to fix that i got my new computer well that i have apparently i haven't closed my google but anyways she does have a blackboard um not all black but is majority black so stacy brown phil pott is black sebastian tavo is not black heather hiles is not black she might be mixed or maybe hispanic um then you have sherman white which is a black man dr robert simmons which is a black man and dr sylvia wilson thomas which is a black woman so somebody over there should have talked to her back somebody just goes back to the like just because we're the same skin complexion and you black and i'm sure that we us at melanated air won't vibe with like another show that is not b1 you know so i feel like that's what that goes back to but i would hope that you as the owner you would protect your baby and bring on people that do have the organization and your best interest yeah i don't know like the organization the staff i agree the organization staff are important but the founder the person who has the vision should that should be important too yeah i know she's not an employee but when an employee is out of bounds you put them on some type of uh of a of a plan to get them back like where was her plan right with her we've gotten these complaints let's have a discussion where was her 90 days where was her on on tuesday we're gonna you we're gonna revoke your access right her respect as the ceo i guess that's what i'm asking right you're going to be ousted that's one thing if you're not cutting it if we're having complaints if we have to protect the company that's cool but we shouldn't protect the ceo too hey girl on tuesday your email is going to be turned off we're going to start this investigation we just want to let you know what's going on so you can you shouldn't go to do what you got to do and find out that you've been locked out your company right they didn't even give up what is that the written warning the the verbal the written they were just oh you're out of here see that's that's the part for me that does not make sense i feel like there's a missing piece that either isn't being told on her from her because i don't all we know is that they outed her but she did give a statement so right now we only have what she feels was done i just feel like how is it possible even though it does happen because you i mean most at oil companies they can fire you for any reason they can pull the plug on yeah but they don't have to give you a warning they have to give me anything they don't take any type of corrective action if they don't want you there anymore you're gone but i just feel in this instance considering that there is a board there's a missing piece that maybe we don't know about yet and and then eventually i'm sure it'll probably be revealed because that is bananas you know and it also says a lot about not just a toxic workplace culture but boundaries um it sounds like there wasn't many in terms of her and how she carried herself as um and not just the president and ceo of her own company but as an employer you know there is a certain code of ethics that you have to follow and it sounds like a lot was of that code was being broken so i hope that as you know more comes out about this story we find out exactly what happened because there just sounds like a missing piece for me it does so it says in a now deleted tweet brian said that i am driven have high expectations and am a bit of a perfectionist but i have never in my life misappropriated misused or abused anything or anybody for the organization i built out of love so don't ever ever believe that it's not true despite branch denial of former employees allegations currently employed sources close to the matter say that resignations along with a slew of negative glass door reviews caused the founder to hire agility consulting which is an external form to do a salary study and address staff concerns according to a document obtained by techcrunch the cons the consultation was launched in june and complete in december the finders were not available um kimberly bryant says checks and balances of power and support have been put in place at black girls code and i absolutely believe in proper board slash corporate governance uh there is nothing about how this matter has been handled that is appropriate and i have not been treated fairly or justly and i'm and i'm gonna be i'm gonna agree with her where i feel like i've i've seen corporate america i see ceos get ousted all the time they make a bad move um the money drops they get caught in a scandal i know that this happens i'm not saying that this is a black thing or this just happening to her i am saying that the way that it's happening is a little bit sheisty but also i believe that the way that black people come to the aid of social justice we should also come to the aid of corporate justice we should not be okay with a board taking over a black woman's um hard work effort and business like we should also come to the aid in support of corporate injustice as well yeah i agree i love that right so go ahead someone says the board normally governs the ceos of companies in many cases ceos don't get the same kind of notice of separation as regular employees think about the harm one can do to an organization with a 90 to 60 day or 30 day notice that is factual i worked at a company oh my god some 17 years ago where um the board made a decision the day before and after that we didn't see him in the office again so this is a very very common practice um dee mccord thank you for that comment it is a lot of um ceos don't get the same kind of notices of separation as a regular employee regular employees don't get it especially if it's an at will company well yeah yeah it's it's but that's interesting to see someone who actually started their own company um because a lot of our ceos aren't necessarily people who are who actually started the company as well so we need to make sure we give clarification on that but in this particular case she did so it's very interesting i think i might be wrong i know i remember when steve jobs had to leave apple for that period of time they asked him to leave they didn't without him i think they asked him to leave yeah he went quietly if i remember correctly um yeah it happens uh it it it's interesting in this case that's uh yeah but i think more is going to come out um about this because it really sounds like there was a serious toxic workplace culture going on and if i may add to that just very briefly um we experienced this with uh we just recently had a situation with kamala harris i think it was uh the woman who quit she had a lot of people quitting on her team in the last past several months and i do know that the washington post and those of you who are watching this can go look that article up spoke about how a lot of people have been just talking about just a toxic workplace culture going on there so i mean but she's still the vice president of the united states so but it happens and it's interesting that um in this particular case um work workplace toxic workplace culture can um result in this kind of situation yeah there's not a lot of accountability taking being taken place on her and either it doesn't sound like she's actually saying you know maybe i could have done this differently or that right i did not do this and this is not what happened right law didn't have an investigation so look that's what i'm getting from her statement yeah yeah and she has to understand just because she doesn't feel that she was being disrespectful or toxic that doesn't mean that the employees weren't receiving it that way they i mean you can me too toxic work environment doesn't always have to be sexual right you can think that you're not acting a particular kind of way or infringing on somebody or making them feel a kind of way and yet you are and and because you may just [ __ ] that's how i am with everybody but this is that this is work yeah not everybody when you're in here from eight to five and you're the representative of the business you should carry yourself a certain kind of way and and i'm a virgo i don't know what the sign she is but i'm a very good i am the die hard virgo i am a perfectionist i expect the the uh most i'm a virgo too and i'm the same way or others and i don't cancer are you but i get that and sometimes i have to check myself in my delivery and how i speak and if my expectations especially if i expect somebody to do something a certain kind of way and they don't even these me and my girlfriend was on the line today i was like do you see these things coming in my forehead what is that she was like stop squinching so much stop being sad and angry and always having a demeanor like this but we do we do and we can and then some of that we have to check and as a virgo i have to but also says black woman we we me and her we're joking because we do like that's our natural face what what you talking about why are you acting like that i know you did it like that's that's what we did that's literally what we do and how we respond and some of that and if you don't get it you don't get it more hearts aquarius just wanted to chime in everybody happy birthday hi happy you birthday um again toxic workplace culture it's a lot we can go with this um but i do know that power and control are at the core of this whole again i take it back to the hustle culture um you know you have bullying discrimination running rampant and this culture is filled with all sorts of favoritism nepotism yes people know people and so forth and what tends to happen is in authoritative cultures a lot of the leaders don't respect the opinions and ideas of their employees and i think a lot of that also has to do with experience which i'm not very familiar with in terms of her business experience which is why i always tell entrepreneurs no matter where you're from who you are or what your area of study was in terms of college and education if you want to be an entrepreneur start a business you really should take some kind of course because it's very un it's you have to understand what it takes to run a business and to have the best people on your team and to form the right team and to be the right kind of leader which is you know that's the eggs and the yeast and the bread i'm sorry not the bread but the milk and all of that of the cake you know and then comes the icing in the cherry on top so it's it's very important to to do that if you want to start a business because it sounds like in this particular case there may have not been any experience and we are in a culture right now with this wholesale culture where everybody thinks they can start a business and everybody can and that's fine but it's very important to understand the importance of what it takes to be a good leader of that business and to lead your team and your employees yeah that's that'll preach because you got a lot of entrepreneurs out here that do not work on their leadership skills like i'm i'm the entrepreneur i'm the visionary i'm the business owner this is my business dude i'm the boss i'm the boss yeah but sometimes the boss needs to be led and so and i think that that's the reason why people create a board but again you have to have a board that gets the vision that that supports the vision that supports you but you have to let your your team support you we talked about that about help a couple of weeks ago yeah let people help you you have to let people um groom you and help you to be a good leader you have to if you have a board and you can't work with them and i guess you know corp corporations and millions of dollars right we are i forget somebody somebody forget what somebody said uh too many ants telling bees how to make money honey when you have when you when you've had that type of of a situation right or or if you are making multi multi multi million dollars in a corporate level like that where you have let me see their sponsors and people that they have worked with include a partner so i don't know where i live oh i lost it their partners are google att capital one comcast deloitte eric's ibm facebook lyft macy's mastercard nike tick tock truce verizon info you have those types of business partners your team probably does look different you're you're not creating a team for support per se but you're creating a team to meet the demands and conversations of those types of partnerships so they don't necessarily have your best interests have the best interest of the company and the partners and the company and the partners are looking out for the employees from the vision so if we you are replaceable is basically what they say yeah what's your business and we see it happen time and time again again again i remember it happening with um uh apple i remembered it they tried to knock bezos out he was able to turn the company around i can't remember what it was and then there was another major one oh i can't think of it right now was it xerox i think that's how the black lady got in there i can't remember but there was another company where they would this a ceo can be removed and as entrepreneurs and business owners we have to think about that when we're creating our business and we're deciding who we want to partner with and we're deciding how we want to be represented and we're deciding who we want on our team who we want on our board and who we want to surround us yeah yeah i wonder what's next for her so you know how they say like you built it once you could build it again like i wonder if she's going to i'm sure she's going to fight for her company but i wonder if she's going to build something else like like just what's next that's what what comes to my mind right now you know as black entrepreneurs we don't often talk about exit strategy and we look bad if you walk away from your company like when when uh uh robert johnson sold bt black a company that's foreign us it's not i mean he built it for us but we don't ever see the bigger picture shea moisture they built that company carol's daughter she built her company and sold it we don't understand the bigger picture sometimes of major business which is to build it sell it get your money and go and do something else right we're gonna hold on to it this is a family business is supposed to go from family to family but what we're seeing right now is these young kids don't understand or appreciate family business so they don't want the business so you hold on to this thing you get old and now nobody in your family wants it what do you do right right that's a good point that's a good point i was one of the ones that was up in arms when i heard about shea moisture um and i didn't understand you know business at the time and i was just like how could they do this to us like no because like i lived by shea moisture and then i was watching um a tariq nasheed episode and he was talking about like what you just said lennae like you know you you build your company you sell it and then you go and you build something else or you know you invest in something else and i was just like oh wow okay that that makes sense and that goes back to what face what they said the importance of um education right when you become an entrepreneur and you want to build a business you have to know that and then back to what you selling the importance of an exit strategy yes hey d girl you driving and listening we appreciate you she said did she get removed from the board or did she lose her company because it's not uncommon uncommon for an owner of a company to be removed from the board but still operate the company i'm driving so i'm doing voice talk hopefully it's not saying anything ugly no she wasn't removed from the board she was removed or technically her company they have um removed her access to the company so she can't receive email she can't talk to any staff i'm going to re-read it exactly at the time of publication bryant is still an employee at the non-profit but continues to not have access to her company email and internal platforms current employees and contractors were told that they communicated with bryant they would be immediately fired so they basically removed her as head of the company while they do this internal investigation allegedly she hasn't been completely kicked off and kicked out of there um like in a minute you know like voted out off the island so it just sounds like she said got bumped down that's what it sounds like until they're done completing the investigation now how do you go back from that that's a good question yeah you know how do you come back and look at these people in the face that just tried to oust you from your company and take your baby from you it's a good question yeah that is a good question how do you come back from that we remove board me i got to do some research can you especially considering this that's what i was thinking like can you remove board members board members have to be voted out right just cut them off let me vote it out can't you leave or retire out if i'm not mistaken can't you be a board member of your own organization yeah you should you could yes you can see this this is why again it's education matters and because as a ceo it's so important to be the keeper of the company's overall vision not just your vision but the companies overall vision and i'm not talking about the vision for the next few months but the larger road ahead the ceo needs to be able to keep things on course not just for the current quarter but throughout you know um to ensure that the largest the large overarching vision of the company can be achieved and one of the ways to hinder that is by creating a hostile work environment for your employees it affects the morale it brings it down and before you know it the takeover of the vision um starts to shift everything starts to shift so it's just so important to understand that and it sounds like um this is i don't think that this was a decision that was made for the moment it sounds like this has been going on a while and they just said okay we need to look into this so we're going to just cut you off right here and bump you down there are people that have sued companies and still remain actually i think it's illegal for you to even be fired if you're suing a company too or if you follow a lawsuit so her being bumped down i'm glad that the clarity for that was was brought up so she hasn't been kicked out she's still with the company she just isn't in her position she's just kind of been bumped down it sounds like and she has zero access to um communicate with her employees a certain way so sonya said board members have to be voted out resigned over time is up right or and somebody said uh dennis says then you split ownership uh crystal said you come back slaying like a boss and weed out epoxy negativity come on now yes simone says wonderful conversation thank you simone for being here yeah i mean we have to think about these things and a lot of times we don't think about these things until we're in position but you want to be thinking about them now whereas a business owner at some point you may decide that you want to have a board or you may decide that you want to have investors or you may decide that you want to take your business and franchising taking a different direction so you have to have be thinking about but who would have wanted my board what type of board members who do i want to have that leads me to i wonder if she picked this board for herself or if her investors because that's another way that people get involved you can always pick your board members the people who invest in your business will say i want this person to be on the board to protect my interests so these may not be people that she chose for her board yes that's something to think about as well as you're talking about having a business setting up a board do you want to have your board created based on the people that are partnering with you and giving you money who have their interests um at heart or do you want to pick a book pick a board or have board members that actually show up for the business i've been on two boards before one of the companies didn't really go that far do anything but the um the other one we sat and then those meetings she hand-picked like she literally karma's like i want you to be on the board and it was for domestic violence i've never been in a domestic situation so i had to ask i was like why do you want me to be on your board and she was like your business acumen um how you deal with businesses help businesses launch so she wanted she wanted my business acumen she had a completely different person on the board who spoke for and advocated for women who have been in domestic situations so picking your board members based on their expertise so they can add value to your business and then they can make sure that you're operating your business based on your vision and your mission and their core is important if you you know maybe you don't go with a roundup i need to get a hundred thousand dollars and i'm willing to take this money and and put your person on the board but they don't support me and have my back or know anything really about what i'm doing and i don't know that's her situation we don't know how these board members got there right something to think about if you're an entrepreneur or a business owner thinking about creating a board or building a team or putting people around you in your circle that's outsourced for that reason which part what's outside right what's out there your admin team you're bored what do you mean what's that's outsourced for that reason i would like to i would love to hear uh what you're referring to specifically they really mean picking the board because um the board of directors could be selected by the investors which is a big part of knowing business because once you once other people start investing in your company have a little bit of power yeah yeah you know kind of relinquishing some of your power yeah so it's very important to understand that and there's nothing wrong i i just want to make that clear too it's nothing wrong with with having outside investors help you make that decision right at all you know but it's just making you just make sure you pick people who have the best vision of the company in mind not just anybody like your cousin tony or ray ray board members that's outsourced for that reason outsourced picking board members oh i think he's saying the reason why okay it's outsourced for that reason picking board members yeah so that they can have control over your company i yeah exactly why exactly what they said if i give you my money i want to pick this board member to make sure that i'm under control so i'm here my money is here but that person is there their interest unfortunately it's not the company it's protecting this money that's invested so whatever we got to do to protect that if that means ousting the ceo then the ceo has to go because i got to protect this money i got to protect this business that i built i hope this is a teaching moment for her it's very important i mean if if nothing else i hope that the end game for her is that she walks away from this having learned some sort of lesson you know valuable lesson whether it be how to be a better ceo how to be um a better um team leader you know because as a ceo you're you're still leading a team you know you have people working under you um and in addition to just making sure that whatever it is you do isn't interrupting the vision of the company which sounds like may have been the case here because any time the board the board that just doesn't just wake up one day and says hey we feel as though uh keisha or lynnae doesn't belong here anymore like goodbye when it gets to the board there's a problem there's a problem that means that there is a serious problem and i i've been at companies where ce like i said um earlier in the conversation the ceo was let go and it was just like one day we saw him and the next day we weren't done didn't and people were like what happened to myself you know what happened to mike and this was a small company you know and by small i mean it's less than 250 employees i actually forgot that i've i've witnessed that to the last hey lightweight we are talking about kimberly bryant she's the ceo and founder of black girls code that's who we're talking about so my last company i worked at before becoming an entrepreneur was an aerospace company and it was a billion would it be a billion dollar company um aerospace company that i worked for and it was the before i got promoted to the executive assistant i was the marketing um assistant and we had a ceo and uh one i'm sorry we had the president he was the president so there was a ceo that was the president and once the dude got promoted to the ceo him and our president they didn't get along well because he used to be a president of a different part of the organization so he got promoted to ceo and they had beef i remember the ceo came in one day i left for that night i came back the next day ceo was there but the president wasn't i knew our vice president became our president and the name would you like to be the executive assistant i was like oh okay yeah sure [Laughter] what just happened the vice president of the vp of hr was in town like it was crazy ceo vice president of hr no president new president executive assistant i was like okay i'll stand up and do it but it literally like that i went home for dinner came back after breakfast gone that happened well that didn't happen to me but i know someone that that happened to as well so you guys know that i used to oversee the career development department when i was working so i used to send my students to organizations for employment opportunities internship opportunities and then next thing you know my supervisor he sent me an article about one of the um organizations that we had a partnership with and we were really cool with the ceo like he used to like take us out to lunch and you know come come to the office and all of these things and it's like this article about how he was like sexually you know sexual allegations against him i don't want to say the wrong thing but yeah and i'm just like whoa you know and the thing is maybe like a year prior to that i had stopped sending students there because there was a student that said like oh you know like i don't feel comfortable and then like i started hearing like little things and i'm like you know what let me stop sending my students there because i keep hearing stuff and then that came out and i'm just like i'm glad i stopped sending my students oh yeah it it happens but she's still with the company so we will we it sounds like a lot more is gonna um come out from this yeah yeah all right i hope she does not lose her company i'm like face it i hope this is a learning lesson um definitely for her but for a lot of black entrepreneurs and business owners as well we don't have to make the same mistakes we can learn from somebody else's mistakes you're right no place of business today with a new attitude like patti labelle say you know what let me grow myself i don't want to be the next family brian hey how y'all doing today everybody everybody okay no i'm saying we can learn from other people's mistakes that's what's the goal of the conversation today just to have you know high level in-depth corporate business talk because i hope and pray that everybody on this broadcast everybody that watches the replay i hope and pray that you have a business that grows to the level of black girls code one day and you can say one day i was online i was watching melanie and they talked about putting your board together so i was strategic about the people that i work with and put in place and who i put on my board because i heard them talk about what happened to black girls code and i wanted to make sure that that didn't happen to me in my business so why start planting those seeds in our community right now so that when we get to that level which which we will when we get to that level we know what to do and how to operate yes and if i could piggyback off what lennae just said before we get out of here one of the things that my father who has been an entrepreneur for some 35 years now has always taught me in that remember the commitment to your business not your ego you are there to serve your business you are not there just for the money or your personal interest you are there for your business it is all about the vision of your business it is all about the growth of your business it is about your legacy yes yes absolutely um i'm i'm sorry if i butcher your name more and more i just came across this live i'm glad it came up on my feet can you subscribe to be notified of future lives yes you can you can find us on youtube at melanated air melonated air there's the logo right there m-e-l-a-n-a-t-e-d-air um you can subscribe there you can also go and subscribe and follow each one of us individually you see our handles there you 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final thoughts before we say goodbye ladies as i said remember the commitment to your business and not your ego this is not when you start a business it's not about oh i just want to get the bag and i want to make money and serve my personal interests and post to the instagram page and the twitter and look at me listen you're running a business you're starting a business you want to serve people you know you want to respectfully offer your products and your service services to people you want to employ people you want to have the best team and running when you look at business and you approach business from that side that's the part that carries out your legacy yeah because you know you have a lot of people who start businesses can they keep them open is the question and there's a lot of reasons why they can't and you do not want to end up being one of those kinds of people who are voted off the island by your own board so again remember the commitment to the business and not your ego yeah i love i love that you said that faye because that's something that i talk about often so i am um i am a coach so i i help aspiring t-shirt business owners start their t-shirt business and whenever i get on a game plan call or a discovery call whatever you want to call it with them i always say i do not want to work with people and i do not work with people that only want to make money i want to work with you if you want to make an impact through your t-shirt business because if you're just saying oh yeah i i heard this the easy way to make money that means six months down the line you're going to be finding the next easy way to make money and you ain't wasting my time and i'm not wasting your time so i just love that you said that face i just had to piggyback off of that it is important for you to find your purpose you know and incorporate that into your business and your brand oh i love it i don't know i think i'm just going to let you all be the closest but today we will see you guys next week as always continue to be blessed stay black and be one we'll see you guys next time

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