Claudia Smith is from Evergreen Park, IL. She attended Purdue University with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology, with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Her passions include Basketball, music, emerging technologies, and encouraging others to be their best self.
Claudia Smith founded Classy But Sassy Professionals a couple of years after graduating from Purdue University. As she was beginning her career as a Sales Engineer, she was faced with some uncertainties, and frustrations, and figured she couldn't be the only one. She decided to create a forum for black women to improve their professional selves, while feeling empowered.
Some of you may be wondering, "why would I take advice from Claudia?" Which is a valid question. In your life, your trusted confident may be a woman older and more experienced. For me, that woman would be my mother, and she would say, "I have raised Claudia to make good decisions." So, considering that, I just may be able to help you.
I do not by any means consider myself to be an expert. Especially considering that I am 24 years old, with only a few months of experience. But do not underestimate young women, as we are always observing, learning, and applying.
My mother has been working for the same company for 40 years! YES, FORTY YEARS!! She has seen many acquisitions and changes, and has a plethora of experiences of being both Black and a Woman. Listening to her over the years has helped shaped my way of thinking when it comes to professionalism, and dealing with adversity in the work place.
I also have aunts, cousins, friends, and colleagues of all ages that have dealt with being passed over for promotions, manag
erial conflict, and the everyday "You tried it". I have heard the many Do's and Don'ts, and coulda, woulda, shoulda's that I am sure we all have.
These stories have helped me determine what decisions to make, and what decisions not to make. I have learned a lot from both my own experiences and others, which I believe makes me a good source to give advice. So ask away, and feel free to share as I am continuously looking to learn more! As my mom would say, I make good decisions, so lets make good decisions together.
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