Olivia, a Diversity Recruitment Project Manager in Chattanooga, TN

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Your Corporate Black Girl

I was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. I set out to work in the fashion industry but on the business and management side. That's why I believe HR chose me because it doesn't coincide with my bachelors degree. I attended the University of Memphis (GO TIGERS!) where I received my Bachelors in Merchandising and Marketing, graduating with Honors. I completed my MBA at Tennessee State University (GO TIGERS!…again). I am working on a second Master's in HR Management and will be starting my doctorate next fall in Organizational Leadership. I'm also studying for 2 certifications related to HR. I get to help people and I also talk to someone new everyday.

How would you explain your job title to a child?

I teach other people why it's important to have someone that doesn't look like them on their team.

Diversity is a concept that is open to interpretation. What does it mean to you?

You’re going to get a lot of no’s, but it is only making room for your amazing yes! Do your research, have a plan, and don’t be afraid to network.
— Favour

Diversity allows everyone to have an input and opportunity. Regardless of your age, sex, background, education etc. you have unlimited potential and you have so much to give. Diversity offers more people a seat at the table and everyone deserves that chance. It's limitless.

What were important steps you had to take in order to be at your current position?

I make myself flexible. I stay on top of trends and skills within my industry. If there is a certification or degree that will have a large ROI then I'm going to do it. I ask for help if I need it and I make an effort to reach out to people, especially WOC, who are doing what I am working towards.

Do you know the percentage of black women working in your field, if so how much?

About 10%.

What challenges have you experienced in the workplace?

I'm pretty young and I don't have the years of experience that others may have and I think that has blinded a lot of people as far as my ability to make things happen. I always do my research and I try to stay on top of things. There have been times I have been in conversation and the person(s) tried to "school" me on something that I was privy to and it comes off like I know it all. I just stay ready so I don't have to play catch-up. The best thing to know about me is that there aren't enough roadblocks to stop me.

What are some things that you love about your job/career? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

No day is the same and I get to talk to all kinds of people. The opportunities are limitless and there are a lot of people out there that are willing to help you. 5 years..wow...I hope to have all my degrees and certifications completed. I hope to be sitting on a board somewhere, I've had my eyes on a few, and I hope to do more speaking engagements and consulting.

What advice would you give someone trying to pursue your career or any related career?

You're going to get a lot of no's but it is only making room for your amazing yes! Do your research, have a plan, and don’t be afraid to network.

What advice do you have for someone first coming into a professional space?

Stay true to yourself and keep your eyes and options open. If something feels off or the environment is not fitting that is okay. Trust your instincts and don’t compromise. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket because the company will not think twice if they have to let you go.

FUN FACTS ABOUT olivia

I LOVE animals. OMG!

more info about olivia

Linkedin: Olivia Dunigan

Email: OliviaDunigan1@gmail.com


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