PMM 38: Get a Seat at the Table
I spent the weekend attending my alma mater’s reunion weekend. Coming Back Together happens every 3 years and caters to the black and latino/a alumni of Syracuse University. I am so proud to be a Syracuse University graduate and so I have to record this week’s poower move on campus in front of my favorite building, the Hall of Languages.
Even though I rolled up solo, I made the decision that even if I didn’t know anybody (highly unlikely) that I would still dedicate myself to networking. I brought a stack of business cards and introduced myself all over the place. And it worked. I have been invited to be on two different radio shows. I ran my first ever 5K race where I met a woman who was running at the same pace, slow, and we hit it off. Other networking opportunities sprung up. I reconnected with people I have not see and met some new people who have been really fantastic.
I learned two big lessons this weekend.
- The importance of giving back. It’s hard to give back. I don’t have $10,000 to give to a university or anyone, or even myself for that matter. But I am convinced that giving even small amounts can make an impact especially if you can earmark the gift for something you really care about.
This is especially important to me because I would love for my son to attend Syracuse. But if there aren’t scholarships or facilities that accommodate him or if he doesn’t feel at home there then what’s the point. And sometimes when you give you get to be at the table. When you get to be at the table you make really big decisions and when you’re at the table, the second thing I learned,
2. You’re network becomes that much more powerful.
I have always known the importance of networking. I have always known the importance of social capital. But now this third piece, this idea of giving back in some financial way and even of your time, joining an alumni committee, chairing this reunion weekend…can all your social capital to increase to the point where you will stand out above the crowd. You will be able to make power moves. Not just for yourself but for your children.
If I am making power moves at Syracuse University and my son wants to apply here, you better believe I am going to pick up that phone to get what I need for him. #powermovemonday #solutionsnotresolutions. You got this!