Episode 1, Occupational Well-being

How do you know you’re doing what you’re meant to do? What do you do when you wake up in the morning and realize that you want to do something else? How do you maintain a healthy relationship between work and personal life? Individuals of color of all walks of life, from studying to interning to working, may ask themselves these questions. In this episode, co-hosts Jay, Kaelyn and Dannie are joined by Francesca Miller and Carol Jacob to reflect on the matter of choice and feeling effective at work while maintaining one’s mental health 


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SpeakOnIt Podcast Season 2: Secrets of Well-Being 

Episode 1: Occupational Well-Being 

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I want to give a huge shoutout and thank you to our guest panelists, Francesca Miller (she/her) and Carol Jacob (she/her)! It was a pleasure to hear their experiences, insights, and opinions about occupational well-being.

For my top three takeaways from this episode, I would say that Francesca was really hitting it on the nail with the following tips:  

1.     “Nobody knows the needs that we have, like we do.”

2.     “Demand your worth.” 

3.     “The norm does not have to be the standard.” 

When thinking about racism, microaggressions, and macroaggressions at the workplace, it was amazing to hear the validation that you know what, sometimes, it isn’t worth your energy. 

What did y’all think of this episode? Please leave your questions, comments, and tips below



References and other material discussed in the podcast: 

Hall, J.C., Everett, J.E., & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2012). Black Women Talk About Workplace Stress and How They Cope. Sage Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0021934711413272

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