February 22, 2021
Name: LaTanya Channel
Company: United States Small Business Administration
Title: State Director, Tennessee
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Manage a team providing resources to small businesses in the state of Tennessee.
Cable Member Since: 2019
Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable after attending with several colleagues and because of the emphasis on connecting all women of all ages in all industries.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have gained closer bonds with women who I knew before Cable, but because of Cable we actually stayed connected.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Joining is especially beneficial if you are new in town and need to meet and connect with others.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Imposter syndrome is real and will cause you to hold yourself back. If you are approached for a job change or career change, give it serious consideration because the person(s) who approached you ALREADY knows you are the best for this opportunity. Do not say “no” for any of these two reasons: You do not think you are worth it or because you do not believe you are qualified. You are worth it; you are qualified. You need to just simply decide if the job or career fits your lifestyle (geography, pay, culture, etc.). Again – you ARE worth it; you ARE qualified. Mull over everything else, not these two aspects.
What was your very first job? I was born and raised in a small, northern (geographically) but southern (in values) city where most folks work for the same “company” called the Federal Government. So, my first job was in that same city at age 14, at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., as part of Mayor Marion Barry’s Summer Youth Employment Program (affectionately called “SYEP” by D.C. natives). I was terrified, but I learned confidence, how to be responsible in a work environment, how to open a bank account and also learned other bus routes to get me around the city!
If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would take two months traveling, learning and listening in Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Southern Italy, and New Zealand; and then, after all of that “work” (traveling, learning, and listening to the people, culture, and vibes of those places), I’d vacation for a month in an overwater bungalow in the Bora Bora!