Being Yourself with Derrick Fleming, Jr.

How can you show up for others? According to Derrick Fleming, Jr., you have to start by showing up for yourself. In this episode of Business Edge, Derrick explains how being your authentic self and learning how to navigate the spaces that you’re in is the first step in learning to cooperate with and liberate those around you. He also speaks to his current work with helping black and brown youth in Chicago get into college, through college, and into the workforce through the Chicago Scholars program. Plus, hear him talk about his time working under the Obama Administration, and the important lessons he learned along the way.

When you think of style and class; organization and structure; education and empowerment; equity and advocacy, Derrick Marcell Fleming, Jr., also known as “Derrick The Gent”, is the man to make it happen. As a former White House Staff Member under the Obama Administration, now currently serving as the Managing Director of Strategic Engagement for Chicago Scholars, a social entrepreneur (The JUST BE campaign.) and serving in other national and local community/education leadership capacities – Derrick leads with a heart to serve and a passion for youth, collective impact, and systems change. Derrick brings electrifying energy to any atmosphere. With over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors focusing on education, social impact, youth development, and mentorship; 8+ years of project management, coaching, and training experience; and 6+ years of program and people management experience.; Derrick brings a level of problem-solving skills that sets everyone at ease and makes solutions-focused work feel like fun.


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Stories of Personal Liberation Vol 1

Finding Your Path with Ashley Artrip

What exactly is the future of work, and how can people and organizations adapt to changes in work culture exacerbated by the pandemic? In this episode, Ashley Artrip, Co-Founder and President of Mission Collaborative, explores these answers. Listen to her dive into the concept of “career portfolios,” and how they differ from the traditional “career paths” that we have been socialized to accept. Furthermore, she shares insights on how young professionals can discover their values and path by understanding their own definition of success.

As the Co-Founder and President of Mission Collaborative, Ashley is on a mission to help others design successful careers that are engaging and fulfilling. Before Mission Collaborative, she worked at Gallup, where she focused on researching employee engagement and what contributes to a successful career. While at Gallup, she became a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, enabling her to help others identify their strengths and harness them to design careers they love. After Gallup, she worked at SV Academy (Fast Company’s #2 most innovative Ed-Tech Start-Up 2020) where she helped first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities break into high-paying tech careers in Silicon Valley. 

Ashley’s vision for the future of work is to ensure that every professional has access to the information, resources, and community needed to navigate the many career changes throughout their lives successfully. With so many antiquated rules of the workforce being rewritten, there has never been a better time to change the way people think about how they approach their careers.

Ashley is currently writing a book that will serve as a “Hitchhikers Guide” to Career Design in the 21st Century. The expected publication is Fall 2022.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Hires New Area IV Resource Coordinator

NOBLESVILLE (March 4, 2022) – Alpha Kappa Psi recently hired Ciera Grieve, Lipscomb ’19, who joins the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Staff as a chapter educational resource coordinator.

Ciera comes to the Professional Staff as a 2021 graduate of Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music. She will serve as the Area IV resource coordinator.

This role includes supporting the collegiate chapters and chapter volunteers in the Atlantic Gulf Coast, Carolina Coastal, Southern Bluegrass, and Southern Delta Regions. Ciera will work closely with Brianna Hellman, Tennessee Tech ’18-Life, Je’nai Lee, North Carolina-Greenboro ’19, and Coral Petersen, Toledo ’14-Life who currently serve as the resource coordinators for Areas I, II, and III, respectively.

“We are excited for Ciera to be part of the student services team,” says Director of Student Services Melinda Rosenthall. “I am sure her leadership experience as chapter president for the Delta Kappa Chapter will allow her make an impact immediately with the Area IV chapters.”

Get to know a little more about Ciera with this short Q & A.

What are you most looking forward to in your role as the Area IV chapter educational resource coordinator?
I am most excited to help with our fraternal events and expansion projects because both are great ways to meet our students and volunteers!

What’s your favorite AKPsi memory?
My favorite AKPsi memory is when we had formal in Fall ’21 and got to spend time with each other in a fun, not-your-everyday kind of setting.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to work on my business and travel. Both are really important and meaningful aspects to my life.

Welcome to the Professional Staff, Ciera!

Headquartered in Noblesville, IN, Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded in 1904 on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business. With more than 240,000 members worldwide, Alpha Kappa Psi currently has more than 200 campus-based chapters and metropolitan-based alumni chapters across four countries. Learn more about the oldest and largest co-educational professional business fraternity.

Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders.

5 Networking Tips for Young Professionals

Going from college life to a full-time career can feel like a drastic change for many young professionals. In college, you may have gotten used to meeting lots of different people in your classes, participating in various clubs and organizations, and having regular campus events to attend.

But when you’re just starting out in your career, you may not know very many people in your field (if any), and if you’ve relocated to a new area, you may not know many people at all. 

Networking is a great way to meet new people and build your personal brand. The more you expand your network and build connections, the more doors will open for you in your career.

Read on for 5 tips for putting yourself out there as a networking young business professional.