Barnard College Vice President On Climbing to the Executive Level in Your Career

Gabrielle Simpson never had a black professor in college. Now, through her work as vice president and head of Communications at Barnard College, Simpson’ s life’s mission is to positively contribute to the lives and careers of the next generation of diverse leaders. In an interview, she outlines what it takes for women to step into an executive position.

Black Enterprise: Explain your role at Barnard College.

Simpson: At Barnard, I lead the communications department, which strengthens how the college conveys its significance and impact to teaching and scholarship.

My team includes news and strategic communications, events, special projects, creative, government relations, digital and video, marketing, and executive communications, editorial and media relations. Working with them, I look for unique opportunities to promote the great work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. There are so many phenomenal stories to tell about faculty, alumnae, students, scholarship, and research, and my team helps to showcase these across channels in a myriad of evolving and innovative ways. As head of communications, I strategically elevate these exceptional accomplishments.

A recent study from the Harvard Business Review finds that women are more likely to volunteer for assignments that benefit the organization, but that has very little impact on their advancement at a company. Can you share the assignments or experiences that had an impact on your preparation for an executive level position?

As an intern at ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007, I was the first person in and the last one to leave—as all interns should be. Though it was intimidating, I would share suggestions and ideas with show producers. It was important for me to make my presence known. I tried my best to go above and beyond. When college graduation was near, I was offered a production assistant role. This taught me early on that you have to put yourself out there. We often have to be our own publicist, manager, and agent. Having ABC on my résumé helped me to land a role at CBS.

While I was a communications associate at CBS Corp., I shared my interest in diversity and inclusion with my supervisor. He then empowered me to meet with the Chief Diversity Officer, Josie Thomas. We clicked, and she understood my genuine interest in diversity and inclusion. I eventually helped to execute corporate diversity communications across the company’s diverse portfolio and helped to create an award-winning newsletter for CBS. I was later promoted and asked to be a charter member of CBS’ first-ever, corporatewide diversity council. I attended signature national events and conferences representing the corporate communications office, as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This placed me on the diversity and inclusion radar, and eventually, I was recruited by Comcast NBCUniversal, where I led corporate diversity communications on behalf of NBCUniversal.

At Barnard, I’m able to bring my broadcast and multimedia perspective to the college. My experience of teaching since high school and currently at the collegiate level positively impacted my current role as well.

What are some ways you can add value to the workplace?

We should all strive to add value in the workplace with both “performance currency,” and “relationship currency.” Performance currency is generated by you going above and beyond what’s asked and expected of you. Relationship currency is generated by the investments that you make in people around you—being the go-to, trusted person on a project or job. Strong relationship currency can lead to sponsorship, promotions, and financial increases. Together, performance and relationship currency influence your position in an organization. You must overperform to be noticed. People rise in their careers because of what they do and who knows that they do it. Success is always dependent not just on you, but on others.

Communication is critical to advancing in your career. What tips would you share for women who are afraid to speak up in fear of sounding incompetent, being interrupted, or shot down for their opinion?

If you’re prepared and do your research, your competence will be recognized. As women, we cannot afford to be unprepared. We have to stay ready, so we’ll never have to get ready. Preparation is key to gaining confidence.

Additionally, closed mouths don’t get fed. There is tremendous value in asking insightful questions and sparking thoughtful conversations. If you do not speak up, if you do not contribute to significant conversations, your value won’t be seen. It’s imperative to make your presence and value known. Sometimes it’s about asking smart questions and being brave enough to get the conversation going.

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Mountains of the moon: climbing Uganda’s highest peak

The remote Rwenzori mountains, on the Uganda/DRC border, offer treks through varied and stunning landscapes, and Africa’s third-highest summit, with none of the crowds found at Kilimanjaro

Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Roman mathematician, astronomer and father of geography, called the Rwenzori range the Mountains of the Moon, and I think he got it about right. Starlight beamed down on the convex glaciers surrounding our camp near Uganda’s western border, causing them to glow like resting lunar crescents.

I should have been sleeping the night before my attempt on the Rwenzori’s loftiest peak, 5,109-metre Mount Stanley’s summit, Africa’s third-highest mountain, but altitude headaches kept me awake. I thought back to a similar sleepless night at Kilimanjaro some years earlier. I remembered then feeling sure I would succeed, and when summit day came, I duly trudged along in a torchlight procession to the top, one of 50,000 climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro each year.

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Climbing the highest mountains in the world

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We all have a bucket list of goals and achievements we want to fulfill, even if it’s just in our heads. For many of us, it might be traveling, or, it could be some kind of physical achievement, such as scaling a mountain. Well, the good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone by doing this, as many of the highest mountains in the world are based in locations you’ve probably always wanted to go to!

Scaling the highest mountain peaks in the world is the ultimate battle of man vs. nature, and the ideal way of ticking off a personal goal. You have to make sure you think hard about this, and decide if it’s something you want to do, because climbing the world’s highest mountains takes preparation and dedication. These are some of the world’s highest peaks, and how you can tackle them safely.

Mont Blanc

The second-highest mountain in Europe (behind Mount Elbrus), and the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc is definitely accessible for tourists. It’s not as grueling or intimidating as some of the larger peaks, and this makes it a little more scalable. The mountain has proven popular for hiking, mountaineering, and, even skiing as well. If you’ve never climbed a mountain before, Mont Blanc is definitely the place to start to work your way up to the larger mountains.

If you’re serious about wanting to scale Mont Blanc, you’re going to need to prepare. Now, the mountain straddles both France and Italy. So, you should make sure you choose the route you want to take. Voie des Cristalliers is considered the most popular route, and it includes travel through the Gouder Corridor. Research the mountain before you choose to commit, and make sure you have everything you need for the climb.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, often referred to as Kili, is Africa’s highest mountain, and one of the biggest challenges for a lot would-be mountain climbers out there. Kili is the perfect opportunity to go to an exotic location and combine it with climbing a mountain at the same time. With an elevation of 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is an impressive and imposing mountain, and climbing it would be a huge achievement for anyone.

If you want to put Kili on your list, you’re going to need to prepare yourself properly for the feat. This means understanding the weather in Africa, and how it differs from what we have at home. You need to condition your body and make sure you are training at a higher altitude, or, at least, making your body feel like you are. This is crucial for allowing you to adapt to the conditions, and to have a safer and more successful climb.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate achievement for mountain climbers across the globe. The mountain is a grueling and dangerous challenge and has claimed many lives in the past. That’s why you have to make sure you are properly prepared in every way. Be sure you get a clean bill of health and make sure you have all the best possible equipment. This means boots, coat, helmet, backpack, warm sleeping bag, not to mention rope, rappels, and other devices, though some places will provide that.

You will be provided with oxygen, which is essential when trying to tackle Mount Everest. Most people don’t attempt the peak, but, instead, choose to attempt the base camp challenge – still an enormous feat in itself. This is likely to be more suited to those who are not mountain climbing experts. Nepal is a beautiful country, but the mountain can be treacherous, so make sure you treat her with respect.

The highest mountains in the world are there to be conquered, but they should never be attempted unless you’re properly prepared. This is something that can result in injury or accidents, so make sure you thoroughly research the peak you’re going to attempt before you actually set out and achieve it. Good luck!

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Mountaineers Books Washington Ice A Climbing Guide

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