Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

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

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Caron Proschan

Caron Proschan

Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne