Listen: Jonathan Antionette, Antionette, Holiday Inn discussed on Three and a Half Degrees: The Power of Connection
"We can apply to the same business problems. Jonathan has now founded his own marketing agency twenty-first-century brand based on that principle. I think differently. I behave differently in certain markets. I speak differently. And that difference is now celebrated by pretty much everybody that I do business with and with it comes a incredible kind of responsibility. To celebrate everybody else's difference that I do business with. You're listening to three and a half degrees. A podcast all about the power of connection. I'm David Fisher up next the story of Antionette Carol a graphic designer who used creative problem solving to become a community organizer and social entrepreneur, stay tuned after her story when we bring Jonathan Antionette together for the first time to talk about the real gains of listening to multiple perspectives. Antionette grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. I've seen the realities of mass incarceration, I've seen to be -ality a food stamps. I've seen reality of education disparities in our I've seen it because I've lived it. As a result. She grew up fast. My sister's father was incarcerated for twelve years. I raised my brothers and sisters temporarily when I was in college because my mother was in jail for role model was your grandmother, the families rock, I know, I have my workaho tendencies from. This was a woman that not only to care of the house. She was the one that cooked and cleaned. But she also had a daycare as well. As the fact that she was a housekeeper at Holiday Inn for thirty years and be with someone that has struggled but not knowing that she struggled because for her. It was just the nature of working and and accomplishing really has that. Or created this mindset that I can accomplish anything that I want. First step was to get an education and in doing so sent example for her family. My mother nor father graduated from high school. And so when I became a first generation college student, I had this mindset that not only did I want to graduate with a bachelor's. But I at least wanted to get a masters if not PHD because I have brothers and sisters, and I wanted them to not only reach the level that I was now setting in my family that had never been accomplished before. But then also to excel at it. But I wasn't gonna make it easy for them. So she studied designing communications in grad school while also working at her universities admissions department when she was offered an opportunity to be a member of their hiring committee. She jumped at the chance never says one candidate was African American woman, and she did her presentation, and they asked everyone to explain what inspired them in this presentation. And at the end. She had a picture of her son. And she said, this is the reason why do what I do. My son motivates me, he keeps me going was such a fantastic presentation when she left I kid, you not the conversation in Rome shifted from whether she was qualified for that position to whether she actually can do the position because she was a mom. It hit home Antionette is also on a mother two twin boys. I was frustrated. I was angry. I was infuriated. It was. So many words some I can't say here because this is a family friendly show. I just was. Surprise that. Even in this setting. We had this sense or this tension around identity, and in a sense was discriminating against someone based on the fact that she was a mom this moment for some may have. Potentially make them kind of shudder and say, well, maybe I shouldn't tell people my mom if I'm interviewing but not Antionette. It actually did the opposite for me after that every position I ever before. I let people know that I wasn't mother or twin sons if they can't support me as being a mother than they are not going to support me in this culture period was a snap decision. But it's become a lifelong mantra individual experiences. The things that make each of us distinct shouldn't be hidden. It should be celebrated that situation sparked the more radical effort and looking at how do I look at diversity inclusion whether it's related to gender related to raise we're to economic status because there are many people whether they know are trying to do this intentionally or not that are excluding others from -tunities because of different identities that we have in our lives armed with that. Outlook Antionette started the next chapter of her career. I started my career in advertising marketing and actually doing traditional graphic design, and I did it for almost ten years."