In my recent article for Harvard Business Review, “The New Rules of Work Clothes“, I interviewed investment executive Naima Judge after seeing a LinkedIn post that included a photo of her in white pants and a beautiful, bright yellow shirt with an African print. Her words were:
“Today’s ‘business attire.’ That’s all. #carryon #Investmentexecutive”.
I was intrigued by Naima’s post as it confirmed what I had been experiencing—the pandemic has changed how we approach business attire.
I invited Naima to be a guest for my fifth LinkedIn Live to discuss the changing rules of business attire, the power of authenticity in how we show up at work, and her experiences within the financial services industry.
During the interview, I was inspired by how Naima went about the process of changing her professional attire to reflect her personal brand and the positive impact it’s had on others.
Two of my favorite quotes from Naima:
“When you’re using energy to NOT BE your authentic self, that energy is depleting. But when you’re using that energy to BE your authentic self, that energy is replenishing”
“When you show up comfortably, it also brings some of the barriers down to building and strengthening relationships.”