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47. Rising Above- An Empowering Story of Layoff Survival and Success with Hady Mendez
Episode 4722nd June 2023 • Her Next Career Move • Jasmine Escalera
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It's finally here! Dr. Jasmine's LinkedIn course is officially live! 🥳🤩

To celebrate, we've invited facilitator, speaker, and Dr. Jasmine's LinkedIn course guest, Hady Mendez, to today's episode. She shares her story of powerful tenacity from being laid off and creating a successful bridge opportunity. By listening to this podcast episode, you'll hear even more tips, strategies, and advice on processing your layoff and building the confidence to take this setback into an opportunity. 

Hady is the founder and CEO of Boldly Speaking LLC, a company that aspires to expand the conversation around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). Through her role as a speaker and facilitator, Hady encourages employees and leaders to play an active role in creating more inclusive workplaces.

Hady previously served as Head of Equality for a major tech firm and held multiple customer-facing roles in high-tech and financial services, served as a leader across various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), volunteered abroad with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, and served as Community School Director at an elementary school in the South Bronx.


In today's episode, we cover the following:

  • The emotional impact of experiencing a layoff
  • Biggest surprises and challenges 
  • Things she did to get through the negative emotions
  • Leaning onto her community to help her through this difficult time
  • Jumping into entrepreneurship as she continues her job search
  • Major lessons she has learned throughout this experience 
  • Strategies she's using in her job search to find her right next career move


Resources mentioned:

  • My LinkedIn course, Rebuilding and Rebounding After a Layoff, is dropping! If you don't want to miss any updates, click on this link and discover all the surprises we have prepared for you! 


Guest info:

Follow Hady's vibrant content on LinkedIn at Hady Mendez, Instagram @HadyOnTheWeb, or shoot her an email at


Let's connect!

Instagram: @JasmineEscaleraCoaching & @HerNextCareerMove_

LinkedIn: Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D

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