Danielle Lee, Global Head of Partner Solutions at Spotify
“I would share three things with my 22-year-old self:
'You deserve a seat at the table. You will be a unicorn in many situations. Know that you are worthy. Know that you belong. Trust your dopeness.'
'Strive for excellence, not perfection. My Jamaican father was a huge influence in my life and he valued education above all else. If I brought home an A, he would ask, "why didn't you get an A+?" I grew up understanding that as a Black woman, excellence was required in order to be considered qualified. As an adult, I understand perfection doesn't exist. I would have treated myself with more grace on this journey had I understood that earlier in my career.'
'Build your support system at every stage of your career. You need mentors and sponsors early in your career, but your need for a strong support system only grows as you take on more senior roles. The politics, microaggressions and feelings of isolation you will experience will make you doubt yourself. You need a trusted board of advisors, homegirls, and faith to remain whole.’”
Refinery29, Photograph via Spotify