Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to switch up your accent to fit in with the cultural dynamics of two different Caribbean countries? Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with Melecia Munroe, who was born in Belize and whose mother is from Jamaica, as she shares her unique experiences growing up between these two Caribbean cultures.
Navigating the workplace as a woman of color can be challenging, and Melecia shares her journey of maintaining her identity while tackling issues such as colorism and representation. Through her experiences, we discuss the importance of showcasing diversity in positions of power and how her appearance played a role in some of her opportunities. Melissia recounts a moment when a colleague’s comment on her hair made her realize the need to address these issues head-on.
But how do we ensure that all voices are heard in the workplace, regardless of titles or positions? Melissia emphasizes the value of open dialogue and cultivating an environment of genuineness and authenticity. We also touch on the benefits of remote work, the rise of side hustles, and share practical tips to help you align yourself with your desired industry.
Melecia Munroe is an HR Professional, a native New Yorker (of Belizean and Jamaican decent), a lover of Soca music, known for her quirky personality and infectious smile.
Melecia has her B.S in Communications from St. John’s University and her Masters in Human Resources Management from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). At present, she works as the Recruitment Specialist for Oxford Airport Technical Services, where she is responsible for full-cycle recruitment for regional airports for administrative and tecehnical/mechanical roles in airports such as JFK, LGA, Boston, Phoenix to name a few.
She “accidentally” fell into the HR arena almost 20 years ago and has loved it ever since. Her specific area of expertise within HR is recruitment – where she is able to utilize her skillset and keen eye to find the best suited candidates for job vacancies.
In addition to her love for HR, Melecia is passionate about community service. She enjoys providing encouragement when speaking to young and older adults in the process of fulfilling career goals and fine tuning their professional development. During her speaking engagements she makes it a point to bring professionalism and real life experiences so attendees are able learn firsthand about the do’s and don’ts that can hold them back professionally.
When Melecia isn’t spear heading recruitment and actively involved in community service, she is working with clients on a one-on-one basis via her consulting business, The Power of Networking Human Resources Services a one stop shop resource in which she provides: job coaching, resume writing, interview preparation, and a gambit of strategies on how to attain your dream job and market yourself in the workplace.
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