My name is LaToya, I’m an SYB intern, and I’ve made some huge changes. I’ve started running, I’ve gone natural — but the biggest switch-up is my new job. I loved my last one (and I was good at it; promoted-twice-in-2013 good at it). It was fancy! High end, with a bit of “you can’t sit with us” snobbery. My new company? Think Old Navy Outlet during holiday. Needless to say I’m having some trouble integrating.
I’m just going to say it. My boss is unprofessional. For example, last week in a meeting, which included my colleagues and her boss, I presented my business plan. It was filled with sales goals as well as my growth plan for an associate I’m mentoring. Instead of providing feedback, she clutched her chest and exclaimed, “I just…LaToya I am shocked you are just so articulate.” That was her only statement. Yes, I am the only black manager. Yes, I am the only one she said this to.
My response was a slow blinking silence. The fact that I was wearing Avon’s Big & Daring Volume Mascara and my lashes were out to HERE made the moment even more vivid. Seriously, my colleague said I looked like a live doll. Just blinking! My job might be filled with challenges, but at least my lashes were the longest, thickest, and most lush in the room. I can live with that.