On how volunteerism can lead to business opportunities:
Brassel: I began to volunteer with several educational organizations in New York, including the ERDA School Speaker Series in Queens and the PEARL Mentoring Program in Brooklyn. At both programs, I spoke to school-aged students on the importance of education, career planning, and etiquette. In preparing for these engagements, I created a curriculum that has now grown into Cum Laude Counseling. I recognized a need for smart, driven students to have a more polished presentation on applications, in interviews, and while working in professional settings.
Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.