Happy New Year...
...from my quarantine corner to yours!
I am so excited for 2021 (although it's been a tumultuous start)! I'm thrilled to announce that I have re-launched my business, shifting branding from PGE LLC to PGE Consulting Group LLC.
As I forge ahead with a new calendar year full of potential, I want to also reflect on and learn from the past. While 2020 had some painful moments, it was definitely a pivotal and reflective year.
Keeping this quote in mind, I am turning my 2020 challenges into power, and that power into growth. See below for some of my reflections on 2020. First is my list of top best things that
happened last year, next is my reflection on the challenges from last year, and finally, a beginning list of things I’m looking forward to for 2021. Let’s dive in!
Best things that happened
- I had the opportunity to speak/present/facilitate for over 4,000 people!
- I was quoted as a diversity expert in multiple publications about topics including effectively utilizing diversity professionals and responding to racial injustice.
- New York Times (#bucketlist!✓): Their Bosses Asked Them to Lead Diversity Reviews. Guess Why
- Bloomberg Law: Women
Make Legal Profession Gains at ‘Glacial Pace,’ Survey Says
- Business Insider: Brands are getting flack online for
voicing support for Black Lives Matter. Experts explain how to best use social media to respond to criticism.
- M.M. LaFleur: How to Best Support Your Black Colleagues Now and Always
- And more...
- In 2020, I continued to amplify my commitment to organizations that support Black lawyers, including being a member of the steering committee and serving as a moderator for the 2020 My Brother’s Keeper, My Sister's Keeper Fellowship Summit, continuing my service as an inaugural board member of The Black BigLaw Pipeline, and continuing my leadership as the current treasurer and past president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
- I attended Oprah’s 2020 Vision tour (and made it into the video at 36:52) Looking back, this is bitter-sweet because it may have been the last time I’ll be in an arena with thousands of people for a while...
- I visited Jamaica for the first time in
February and explored my mother's homeland (briefly).
Top challenges from 2020:
- Global pandemic (anyone?)
Navigating anti-Black racism and amplifying Black Lives Matter
As an extrovert, not being able to physically be in spaces with people (but fortunately pivoting a lot of networking and relationship building into a virtual landscape)
Supporting my kids in virtual schooling
What I'm looking forward to in 2021:
2021 Goal Setting:
My theme word for the year is connect. One of my goals for this year is to continue to build relationships. If you’d like to set up a call with me to catch up, or to discuss potential collaboration, click here.
I’m excited to be a nominee for the New York City Bar Association board of directors.
Traveling (??? maybe???)
I continue to have the opportunity to engage and to help people address and learn about anti-racism, unconscious bias, and a myriad of professional development topics (i.e. branding and leadership). To view my speaker sheet, click here.
I'm thrilled to have a new speaker reel. 👇🏿Check it out!👇🏿
I am looking forward to continuing to be supported by my network. Please share my information
with your network if you have colleagues or others in your network who could benefit from collaborating and/or being included in my mailing list.
What were your "tops" from 2020? Do you have a 2021 goal list or theme word? I would love to hear about it, whether it's a list, a word, a goal, or a resolution, etc. Make sure to tag me on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) with #CoachPaula.
Wishing you clarity, momentum, and success in achieving your 2021 goals!
Paula T. Edgar, Esq.
CEO, PGE Consulting Group LLC
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