5 business podcasts that every black woman should be listening to, explained

A wise woman learns from the successes and failures of other women.

For those times when I need a reminder that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be on my career journey or if I need the blueprint on how to handle different situations in the workplace, I lean on my favorite podcasts for inspiration and guidance.

With February being Black History Month, I decided to highlight black women in the podcast space who are teaching us all of the tips and tricks to get ahead in business. There are plenty of podcasts to listen to, but these five are my favorites.

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Podcast name: #MyTaughtYou

Host: Myleik Teele

Why I like it: Myleik, founder and CEO of curlBOX, sits down (sometimes with a guest) to share her business and career lessons she learned the HARD way. **Jay-Z voice** "...Myleik did that. So hopefully you won't have to go through that." In a time when it feels like so many people are fighting to be the best at being average, her honesty and commitment to excellence are refreshing.

Start here: How to handle your own public relations - Myleik brings in journalist Amy Elisa Jackson, who explains how entrepreneurs and small businesses can help themselves get more press coverage through eight steps. As a journalist, I have seen many businesses give up the opportunity to be in the media spotlight by not being prompt and having certain things handled BEFORE you get the call for a feature article. The advice here is ON POINT.

 

Podcast name: Joblogues

Hosts: Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland

Why I like it: Joymarie and Cortney are the workplace besties that I have never had but always wanted. From work-life balance to job hunting, this duo does an exceptional job at tackling all of the ups and downs that millennials are facing in their careers.

Start here: Big Up Yourself - Journalist and self-proclaimed salary negotiation savage Darian Symoné Harvin talks with Joymarie and Cortney in detail about advocating for yourself in the freelance economy.

Podcast name: Support is Sexy

Host: Elayne Fluker

Why I like it: The biggest lesson that I've learned through Elayne's interviews is that it's never too late to change your mind. SIS is a blueprint on how women, whether you're an executive or entrepreneur, have reinvented themselves (by choice or by force) with style and grace. Hearing each woman's story of resilience about transitioning through multiple careers, divorce and health issues is inspiring.

Start here: Mitzi Miller On Taking Off The Golden Handcuffs And Choosing Happy - Miller, who is the head of development for Rainforest Entertainment and co-executive producer for BET's "The Yard," discusses the difference between being exhausted from working hard and being joyless. When the stress of being editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine almost killed her (never underestimate what stress can do to your body), she stepped out on faith and switched careers. There are so many gems here.

Podcast name: Hashtags + Stilettos

Host: Sakita Holley 

Why I like it: Iron sharpens iron and Sakita is like that one encouraging friend who always pushes you to be your best Beyonce. After listening to a few episodes, she's pretty much my (unofficial) career coach and personal publicist all wrapped up into one.

Start here: Pay Me What You Owe Me, My Negotiation Fails - Building up your brand is cool and all, but let's not forget about collecting those checks. Sakita shares some personal negotiation fails that we can all identify with and learn from.

Podcast name: Making Oprah

Host: Jennifer White

Why I like it: Unlike the other podcasts listed, "Making Oprah" isn't recurring. It's a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Oprah Winfrey's iconic TV talk show. You'll learn about her humble beginnings in Chicago, how she rose to prominence and her influence on American life. I love this podcast because I love Oprah. If you want to know how legends are made, go ahead and press play.

Start here: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula - Oprah and her former producers talk with WBEZ's Jenn White about the early, scrappy days of the program.