Cynthia Pong is a lawyer-turned-career coach, feminist career strategist, speaker, and the Founder of Embrace Change, an organization that provides mid-career women of color professionals with tailored coaching and training. Cynthia is also the author of Don’t Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color. After studying law at NYU and practicing as a public defender for 6 years, Cynthia decided to change course. Now, she’s on a mission to empower women of color to get the money, power, and respect they deserve.

Cynthia has been featured far and wide on Refinery29, HuffPost, Fast Company, and more. She is also a LinkedIn Top Voice for job search and career. When it comes to career strategies, she breaks it down easily and always keeps it real.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Cynthia Pong describes her transition from lawyer to career coach
  • Allowing yourself to try a new career
  • The future for women of color in the workplace
  • How do you know if entrepreneurship works for you?
  • How to deal with racial trauma in your life
  • What is gaslighting and how can you recognize it in the workplace?
  • Cynthia’s advice to young women of color starting a new job
  • Practical problem-solving skills for changing your career

In this episode…

What does your career path look like in the next 6-months, year, or the next five years? No clue? No worries; there’s a book for that.

Cynthia Pong, career coach, ex-lawyer, and author of Don’t Stay in Your Lane, is here to talk to you about the importance of addressing race, gender, and gaslighting in the workplace. She highlights the issues that women and men of color face in professional environments and when trying to climb the corporate ladder—and how to breakthrough.

Host Sarah Nichols sits down with Cynthia Pong, career coach, Founder of Embrace Change, and author, to discuss her life’s mission to empower women of color in the workplace. Cynthia recalls her transition from working as a lawyer to operating in a field that helps women make space for themselves in their organization. She also talks about the steps you need to better communicate with your coworkers and unpacking racial mental trauma.

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