TUESDAY TAKEOVER: Erika R. Burnett

Welcome to TUESDAY TAKEOVER where we spotlight a member of our community. Up first is our very own co-conspirator and bad-ass black woman, Erika R. Burnett.

What do you do? Not necessarily your job, but what do you actually do day-to-day?

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Champion for my people. Destroyer of systems that disenfranchise.

What do you do when you're really feeling yourself? You're in a good mood, you're loving your hair, your skin is popping. What are you doing? Where are you going?

When I'm feeling myself, I LOVE talk to (really yell at) myself in my body mirrors from all angles. I turn into my own hype-woman! I make sure I ride the high, basking in as many meaningful affirmations I can possible muster. I know I will need to carry as many of those as possible dealing with everyday adulting.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise? Tell us something we should know better.

"Give organizations a discount when you're first starting your business in order to a client build base." (said to member of the most educated AND most underpaid population in our country... by someone who is neither)

What's the farthest you've ever been from home? Should we go? What's the best thing to do we do when we get there?

Bangkok, Thailand. Yes! Asia is absolutely breathtaking. We took a private cooking class from a brother from Chicago who moved to Thailand to teach, ended up staying, started a nonprofit and is running an entire youth-led social enterprise that's literally saving the lives of children in more rural parts of Thailand. Did I mention he's from the Chi!?! I support dopeness all across the world.
FYI: The Motherland always wins in my book. Forever! But the question was about being furthest from home. :-)

What do you hope never changes?

The resilience of communities.

Erika is the principal of The Burnett Group and co-conspirator for Women of Color Collaborative. Follow Erika and her business on Instagram. To takeover our social for a day, email us at collaborate@workplaybuild.org.