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🦩 Spotlighting Trailblazer: Chinyere Hubbard

F60 Interview

1. What’s your morning routine like? And what’s the last thing you do before going to bed?

⏰ Wake up: I pray and thank God for all my blessings and my health.

🛏️ Before going to bed:  At night, I pray and thank God for all my blessings and lessons. I am always grateful for the friends and family that I have in my life.

2. What do you want to be known for? 
First, a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend 😍. 

Second, a leader — not just in an organization, but in my community as someone who lifted others as I climbed. I’ve been able to help people grow professionally and witness them launch into successful careers. 

Third, as a catalyst for positive change.

Last but not least, for making meaningful contributions to my community through the work that I’ve done at Events DC and currently at the Greater Washington Partnership (a nonprofit alliance of the region’s leading employers from Baltimore to Richmond) that makes an impact in DC and throughout our region. 

I enjoy purpose-driven, passionate work. One of the best things about working at the Partnership is that I can help shape the narrative that speaks to the progress and opportunities needed to drive our region forward through the lens of business leaders with a focus on our priority pillars — skills and talent, regional mobility and infrastructure, and inclusive economic growth — all initiatives that help keep our region vibrant and economically competitive.

3. What's a lesson you’ve recently learned that’s helped you get better? 

Throughout the pandemic, I've made it a point to continuously innovate and remain a perpetual learner. Working smarter, I focused on upskilling, particularly in marketing, accelerating our communication with our audience. Additionally, I've come to realize the significance of in-person collaboration.

4. What advice would you give to a fellow Black professional just starting out? 

Continuously strive to be a lifelong learner and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Build a strong network of like-minded individuals and take networking seriously, following up with them consistently. 🤝🏽 Be relentless in seeking opportunities, and don't be afraid to take risks.

5. What are you most grateful for?

I am profoundly grateful for the unwavering love and support from family and friends. Family is incredibly important to me. I'm the eldest among my five siblings and I have three biological children and one bonus child. Nurturing enriching relationships within my large family is a priority, and regardless of the kind of day I've had, I always rely on my family's warmth and love when I return home.

6. Name a Black leader you admire (dead or alive)

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama blazed a trail for other black leaders.

Oprah Winfrey. When I first started, I wanted to be a reporter or talk show host. 🎙️ Oprah's gift of storytelling, connecting people, and bringing out their troops was amazing.

7. What book are you reading, or podcast are you listening to? 

🎧 Anderson Cooper’s Podcast on grief. As someone who has lost my mother, I find it very therapeutic.

📰 I also listen to the news all the time. I'm a news junkie! 

📚 Walk Through the Fire by Shelia Johnson, the first Black woman billionaire. She created BET and Salamander Hotels.

📚 Build the Life You Want (Oprah co-authored) about greater happiness.

8. Your favorite dish: 😋 

This is a hard one to narrow down because I love food. My favorite dish is seafood gumbo and any restaurant that serves creole. I also love Italian.

9. Your favorite DC spots to visit: 

10. Your favorite music artists: 

🎵 Neo soul and hip-hop, including Eric Roberson, Jill Scott, Kendric Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Q-Tip, Jay-Z

11. An app, tool, or gadget you can’t live without: Spotify & Peloton app


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