Janelle Reid is an ICF certified business coach specializing in career & business strategy
consulting. She is also known for being one of the highest ranking African American & Women
Global Executive VP of HR over 2 countries (US & Canada). But before she achieved those
accolades she had worked in the mortgage industry for a few years. In pursuit of a career
change, she attended a Career Fair that ignited her passion and purpose for helping others,
and thus led her to discover and pursue a new career path in Human Resources.
Janelle had left a $60k corporate job to do what she loved, which was helping others find their path for a $20k salary cut. It was the hardest but best decision she had ever made and the most
humbling experience of her life. Now with 15 years of HR experience in various disciplines of
HR, she now understands what comes with leadership and has been leading the way for
others to walk in their purpose. Janelle has had the opportunity to be featured in Essence
Magazine, Authority Magazine, and Black Enterprise to share her expertise and continues to educate and inspire those around her.
What inspired the start of ” Divine Career Solutions “?
What inspired me to write the book was that there was no blueprint on success in corporate America, especially women that aspire to make it into the executive board rooms. I didn’t have the blueprint on how to learn from my failures more than my successes and the importance of knowing and understanding your value so I wanted to give language to that and the book gives the language for creating value.
What has been the biggest challenge of running a brand like “Divine Career Solutions”?
Honestly, it’s been a challenge recognizing and balancing brand-building opportunities. I would say within the past year, my business went from people wanting my HR consulting services to now being in demand for speaking engagements for executive development & business empowerment for women. I have to be more intentional with having more presence through social media campaigns and also keep a fair balance with a strategic plan to ensure that marketing campaigns reach and connect people that are present in both. I’m learning that it’s no longer a decision to be either or where I have to choose, it’s and/both.
How does “Divine Career Solutions” impact the community?
We impact the community by teaching and providing business owners with inclusive workforce solutions to help them build their people agenda, processes, and teams. We develop innovative hiring strategies to attract and retain employees and develop talent development strategies to build their internal talent marketplace so that businesses can sustain, grow and scale by having the right talent serving in the roles and adding value to the organization.
You recently joined the Author world, with your book “Awakening Your Value Proposition”, please share the message behind this book?
It’s about overcoming rejection, walking in your identity, and having a renewed mindset to create value by turning problems into opportunities. Learning from failures and that there is no success without failure, adopting a disciplined thought life, and leveraging competencies to create value.
Where do you hope to see your brand in the next 3-5 years?
To have advanced the cultural change in having more black women business owners and women in leadership that know their worth, unapologetically walk in their authority, tell their story, and pave new paths for the next generation of women to do the same.
What advice do you have for the next generation of entrepreneurs?
Know your value and learn how to fail, recover, and work collaboratively. Test your own tenacity and be driven to succeed on your own for your own sense of self-worth. The experience and wisdom you gain navigating hardships are priceless. Nothing about entrepreneurship is straightforward. There is no prescribed formula or established way to develop something revolutionary. Failure is only a tragedy if it’s a destination rather than a step along the journey.
What does being “Pretty and Black Owned” mean to you?
First, let me say it’s always an honor to be featured in a black-owned woman business. I am thankful that you not only extended the opportunity for me to share my advice & experience in your digital community but, for also continuing to blaze new paths and opportunities for black women entrepreneurs.
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