Network Up or Across? Millennials, What is Your Strategy?

Your Network is your Net Worth! 

An adage in the professional world and a phrase commonly indoctrinated in the minds of millennials. But why though?

It’s about the ability to build great, mutually beneficial relationships. A highly demanded soft skill, building relations is the core of networking. Often times, building a network is aliken to mining for gold. Hereby, it is about getting to know and trust people, resulting in authentic personal and professional connections that can enhance reputation; secure a job or business deal. Get it?

Author Porter Gale in her book, Your Network is Your Net Worth, explains that networking is a new beast; and an important asset in your portfolio. As important and enticing as that may sound, networking is sometimes uncomfortable and simply, not an easy feat.

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Actress, Producer & Comedian. Issa Rae a few years ago gave a piece of astounding advice where networking is concerned. She said, “we have a tendency of trying to network up, but it’s really about networking across”. A point worth noting, what say you?

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Raising Bold, Self-Aware & Daring Girls

March 8th, International Women’s Day [IWD2020], a day to celebrate the marvellous contribution and achievements of women across the globe, under the theme #EachforEqual.

According to #WEForum, “an equal world is an enabled world” and every single one of us has our part to play in bringing bout gender equality. Whilst we celebrate International Women’s Day focusing on the difference that women around the globe are making, 2040 Exchange wants to shed some light on the difference women are making in the lives of their daughters. The heroines raising the next generation of self-confident, daring and bold women that will empower and support each other.

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#womenscienceday | Celebrating Dr. Raedeen Russell, PhD

A successful woman in science must remain teachable – Dr. Raedeen Russell 

As the world takes the time out to celebrate the wonderful work of women in the field of science; I’d like to take a minute to celebrate my friend and former school mate, Dr. Raedeen Russell, Ph.D.


A graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences where her research focused on the Role of Exosomes in Chlamydial Immunity. Raedeen has 2 Master’s degrees, one in Biology with a concentration in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and the other in Clinical Research. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.   

Raedeen was recognised in 2018 as one of the 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders & Change Makers by Ignite Caribbean for her leadership and outstanding track record of academic success in science.

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A New Year, A New Challenge, A New Journey

A friend recently told me that for the past few years, I’ve started the New Year with something new. Most recently, a new car for 2019 and a new job for 2020. In fact, I think January has always been kind to me, starting in 2011, when my little angel was born.

2020, the year of 20/20 vision! I am taking on a new challenge and journey in pursuit of my ultimate goals and aspirations.  

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Miss Nigeria, a true friend indeed!

Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas did not win the title “Miss World 2019” but her reaction and celebration of the winner when announced have made her name synonymous with the hashtag #bestfriendgoals.


Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica 2019 (centre) crowned Miss World 2019, during the 69th staging of the competition at the ExCel Convention Center in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

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