263: How Morgan DeBaun is Defying Expectations As A CEO

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263: How Morgan DeBaun is Defying Expectations As A CEO

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Today in the guest chair we have Morgan DeBaun, who is a serial entrepreneur and corporate advisor. As the Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading digital media company for Black culture and millennials, Morgan has grown the company into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 100  million readers per month through a growing brand portfolio which includes: Blavity News, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, Shadow & Act, and Lunchtable

In this episode Morgan shares:

  • An update on what she is working on these days, how she juggles and prioritizes each one of her businesses, & how she works her personal brand into her entire vision for her life and her different companies.
  • How she navigated the pressures of being a young CEO
  • How she pivoted during early COVID days to protect Blavity’s legacy and the team’s salaries
  • How she reframed her mindset to appreciate the tiny moments of joy everyday in order to avoid burnout and be the best CEO she can be
  • How she is shifting the business for her team to work fully remotely & how they still find a way to stay connected. 
  • Some of the mistakes she made while starting her companies 
  • The differences in running a digital business vs a physical products business
  • How her “Why not me?”  attitude has led to her success and how others can use the same mindset to achieve their goals. 

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Meet the host:

Nicaila Matthews-Okome

Hi! I’m Nicaila, the Creator and Host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. I started Side Hustle Pro when I was a side hustler myself. I was a digital marketer at NPR by day, side hustler by night. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch my own initiatives, I was able to quit my own job and go full time with Side Hustle Pro.

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