A CEO Shares the Best and Worst Advice She's Ever Received

Updated 11/14/18
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Kori Hale

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As the founder of CultureBanx, a media company that delivers business, finance, tech, and pop culture news to redefine content for black professionals, Kori Hale is a true visionary. She noticed a hole in the market and went after that niche, both providing a service and speaking to an audience she felt wasn't adequately represented in media. In execution, it's the "perfect amalgamation between Bloomberg and Black Enterprise for a new generation of savvy leaders," she tells MyDomaine.

Hale was making strides in the business world even before she launched her own media outlet and business, working as the first black female anchor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for Cheddar. Clearly, she has a lot of wisdom to share about what it takes to be the first in your field; how to launch a business to represent, include, and connect with a more diverse range of people; and how to make your passion come to life. Read on to learn the best (and worst) advice she's ever received, what she wears when she wants to feel confident in the boardroom, and more.  

What company did you start? What is its purpose?

I started CultureBanx, a media company redefining business news for black professionals. We are the perfect amalgamation between Bloomberg and Black Enterprise for a new generation of savvy leaders.

Before founding Cultrebanx, I was…

I've worn several different hats from being an investment banker at Goldman Sachs to producing TV shows at Bloomberg and CNBC. My last role prior to launching CultureBanx was as a news anchor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of being the first African American woman to anchor a daily news show from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. 

How would your employees describe you? How would your best friend describe you? 

My employees would say I’m a super-focused person. My best friends would say I'm hilarious and should probably be doing comedy. 

Kori Hale

What were some of your biggest career mistakes, and what did you learn from them?

I could write an entire novel on mistakes, but I'll just give you the abridged version: Not speaking up enough and giving away my intellectual property for free. I also realized that being a woman means you are capable of doing it all but you just have the figure out the right time and place for everything to align. And never write something in an email you don't want to be forwarded.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

You can define your own success, so walk in your life's purpose every day because the universe is always conspiring to work things out for your good.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

As long as you work hard every day, you'll move up at a company… Wrong! You have to be vocal about what you want and then relentlessly go after it.

What's your biggest piece of advice for female entrepreneurs?

We have to stick together and lift one another up as we climb and build the best companies of the future.

What’s next for your brand/company?

Creating partnerships that extend our brand across multiple platforms and events that bring learning from Wall Street to Main Street communities. 

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want to see entire communities start to turn around and cycles of poverty broken because black and brown people have started to engage in high-level business news content that reflects their communities and core values.

What are three things you always do before 10 a.m.?

I always start my day with a plank to get my heart pumping (because I don't drink coffee), then I pray and meditate to get myself centered. When that's done, I'm ready to start my day.

If you could have your 12-year-old self over for dinner, what advice would you share with her?

I would simply tell her, "Don't ever settle for less than you deserve and remember all you need is one 'yes.'" And don’t be afraid to try new things (like eating sushi).

Tell us about some of your mentors and people who have inspired you.

I really look up to people who are the ultimate multitaskers and are trailblazers, like my mom, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and Michael Bloomberg.

What's something you've yet to accomplish but would love to achieve in your lifetime?

I really look up to people who are the ultimate multitaskers and are trailblazers, like my mom, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and Michael Bloomberg.

What's something you've yet to accomplish but would love to achieve in your lifetime?

Top 3 Favorite accounts to follow on social media:

Soledad O’Brien, The Wall Street Journal, and Dr. Pimple Popper.

Favorite emoji:

Facepalm emoji

Dine out or order in:

Dine out

Go-to drink order:

French Martini

Favorite book:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Last thing you googled:

What time is it in London?

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Photographer: Paley Fairman | Makeup Artist: Dana Delaney | Stylist: Yasi Moshtael

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