notes from HR on This Afropolitan LifeNotes from HR now has a new home at ThisAfropolitanLife.com. I am so excited to be a part of TAL, a place where stories of first generation Africans in America are told in earnest. As a child who emigrated to the U.S. with my parents in the 80s, growing up African in America is a topic close to my heart. Second to that is building the confidence of Africans in the workplace.

In the last 18 years, I’ve built a successful career as a Human Resources professional in corporate America, non-profits, and technology firms. I’ve taken notes on what it takes to be successful; also noted are traps that can lead to failure.

While most of my notes can apply to people from all walks of life, I believe there are unique work experiences that first generation Africans face which is connected to our experience as children of immigrants. As a career columnist for TAL, I’ll be delving into those topics and contributing to the conversation on workplace issues facing AfriGens, a term you’ll see a lot here on TAL; it’s how we affectionately refer to us first-genners.

I am thrilled to hone in on the work experiences of AfriGens because information about this group of people who bolster both American and African economies are so few and far between. Our parents crossed the Atlantic in search of the American dream, with hopes that their children will have a chance at successful careers in America. It’s 2016 and those children are now adulting en mass. TAL’s career page will be a place to discuss all career related topics and be a source of support and resources for AfriGens grappling with workplace issues. I look forward to getting to know you. Please send us your work-related questions or topics you would like to see discussed.


A self-described workaholic, Janet is passionate about all things HR and building the confidence of Africans at workplaces everywhere. Janet has worked in human resources for 18 years. Along the way she has collected insightful notes and thoughts on her experience as a Ghanaian-American climbing the corporate ladder.  As a columnist for TAL, Janet will be sharing her insights with you so can skip a few rungs on the career ladder. When she is not working, you will find Janet eating kenkey and fish or spending time with her husband and her three children.

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