Own Your Opportunities Shares Woman of Color’s Path to Confidence in the Wake of Workplace Trauma
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Author and leadership consultant Juliet Hall remembers vividly the day she was called into a meeting and presented with three options: stay (with a performance improvement plan hanging over her head), transfer to another team, or leave. While jarring, the ultimatum forced her to face a crossroads she’d been careening toward for 18 months.
“At a certain point, I began to feel like I was outgrowing the situation, outgrowing the corporate culture that I was a part of — even outgrowing my role. I knew that my capacity was larger than the sandbox I was given,” Hall said in a recent interview.
After years of working in a corporate system that was neither created by her nor for her, Hall steeled herself for her final exit from a company that didn’t value her gifts and contributions. During that unforgettable meeting, the walls of the glassy corporate tower seemed to be closing in, but in one remarkable moment of clarity, a window opened in her soul, and she saw a path to freedom.
In Own Your Opportunities, Hall shares her true story as an example for others (particularly women) who feel disillusioned and overwhelmed in corporate America. She recounts her job experiences spanning 20 years — building a narrative to show how she evolved, discovered her gifts, and succeeded in a career amid a backdrop of corporate trauma before making the pivot to realize her dream.
“When I speak to people about making their own pivots, I don’t believe in just jumping. I don’t believe in quitting on the spot without a plan,” Hall cautioned, adding that the preparation process includes planning finances and maintaining relationship networks. “I don’t believe that you should leave alone. Especially if you are pivoting to self-employment or starting a business.”
In her book, readers will learn how she:
• Identified her value and gifts.
• Refused to be put in a box and allow others to define success for her.
• Took responsibility for her own growth and development.
Vividly written, Own Your Opportunities is a champion for self-belief and dream fulfillment in women. Readers will benefit from Hall’s wisdom and personal experiences of developing her human capital, identifying her value, taking risks, and positioning herself to achieve her dream.
“I believe that living out your intended creation and becoming the best version of your human existence is the gift that we not only give to the world but in my opinion, living in that excellence of being who you are is ultimately how we glorify our creator,” Hall added.
About the Author
Juliet Hall is the principal of Juliet Hall INC, a boutique leadership consulting agency based in Atlanta. Recognized by several organizations in Atlanta as a “Top Black Woman of Influence,” Hall serves as an advisor and coach to C-suite and deputy leaders and speaks on national stages on the topics of servant/inclusive leadership and self-maximization. After 20 years of leadership in the corporate system, Hall faced her own words: “You can courageously build your own kingdom or be an unfulfilled laborer in someone else’s.” She is passionate about helping leaders, especially women, who are at a professional crossroads to pursue their own self-discovery, develop their natural talents, and thrive in what they are uniquely created to do. Hall has presented her work to executives across different industries, including government, education, healthcare, ministry, and nonprofits. A graduate of Spelman College and the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, she has traveled to over 20 countries and enjoys cardio boxing and playing tennis.
Her book, Own Your Opportunities, is a 2023 Nautilus Book Award winner in the category of personal growth and self-help.
For more information, please visit https://juliethall.com, or follow the author on Instagram (juliet.hall) and YouTube (@juliethall1908).