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32: … Get Your Boss On: The KEYS to Conquer Corporate America + Get These Coins!

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

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Navigating corporate America as a woman is hard AF, and it's triply hard as a Black woman or a WOC. Are you constantly overlooked? Told that your personality is just TOO much or that you need to friendlier? Furious that you're not getting paid equitably (when you KNOW you're killing it in your field!) So what do you do?

Get yourself a mentor who'll teach you how to play the game! A mentor that teaches you strategies so you DON'T have to compromise your integrity, your passions, and who'll help you strategically negotiate for the 5-figure salary that you deserve!


In today's episode, Zuri is joined by Ashlee Raye, an Executive Mentor for women in Corporate America & the creator of the Promote Yourself Mentor Experience.

Ashlee has 12+ years as a corporate leader, and she's dropping ALL the gems on how she's successfully navigated the corporate space: from realizing she was severely underpaid and what happened when she asked for a $60K raise, the merits of code-switching, and her tangible tips on how to authentically show up in your workspace.

Ashlee also answers how women can strategically and effectively negotiate for a salary raise and promotion. Why we need to build up the pillars of our life outside of work to avoid burnout (hint: use that PTO!), and Ashlee shares her #1 tip on navigating corporate America as a woman!

Let us know your favorite part of the convo: @ZuriHall + @HotHappyMess

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The Hot Happy Mess Party Trick of the week:


You’re in luck! Ashlee is hosting an epic 9-week program for mid-level career professionals, who are ready to take ownership of their power!

The Promote Yourself Mentorship Experience focuses on building up the pillars of your life, we’re talking wellness, mental, physical, financial, and of course professional development!

This program is for ambitious high-achieving women, who know they have what it takes to succeed but are feeling burned out, annoyed by the lack of recognition, tired of taking on extra responsibilities, and not seeing the needle move in terms of pay or career growth.

If you’re ready to cash in on your previous investments, THIS is the program for you!

Special Exclusive for HHM Listeners:

Join Ashlee’s Mentorship Program from August 16th to October 11, which includes a four-day retreat (a couple of weeks after the program ends).

Register now and use the Promo Code ‘Hot Happy Mess’ and get $100 off



Ashlee Raye is an Executive Mentor for women in Corporate America & the Creator of the Promote Yourself Mentor Experience. She helps aspiring leaders & executives get promotions & 5 figure raises!

Connect with Ashlee: @AshleeRaye_ | Website | Facebook


In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, check out the “Happy Gems Virtual Event” on July 22nd, presented by the Black Effect Podcast Network! It’ll be hosted by me, @ZuriHall from Hot Happy Mess, and @DeviBrown from Dropping Gems! Get the tools you need to create balance and manifest happiness!

Click here to reserve your tickets now!!!


We're hosting ANOTHER giveaway! That's right, Z is personally gifting a $100 Amazon gift card -- and it's SUPER easy to win!


  • Give the podcast a 5-star rating

  • Leave a 5 star written review — and in your review tell us: 'what your loving about HHM.'

  • Make sure you put your IG or Twitter Handle, so we can DM you (if you win!)

  • Giveaway ends Mon July 19 and Zuri will be announcing the winner on the HHM podcast!

Follow @ZuriHall and @HotHappyMess on Instagram to keep the good vibes going! :)



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We welcome multi-cultural, inclusive individuals who identify as female/femme/women, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, agender, or any combination of the above! – who appreciate sharing & celebrating one another experiences and learning about others’ stories + POVs (especially BIPOC + Queer).

We’re women of all races + backgrounds, united by one mission: living our lives as fully, happily & mindfully as we can.

In the HHM Crew, we value Community. Kindness. A Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality

(she likes to laugh, have fun, and maybe have one vodka shot too many after a long day of getting her AlphaBabe on).

We can't wait for you to start sharing your stories, not just with one another, but also with Z! Remember, this is a safe space, so no topic is off-limits. We just want us to have FUN! We want this space to feel like a long-distance brunch. Y'know? So grab a drink, a snack, pull up a chair, and let's all virtually hang!

Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 29: Homeownership 101

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 28: It’s Time to Fix Your Bad Credit

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 25: Insecures' Yvonne Orji on Why You Should Always Bet on Yourself

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 6: Is It Time for You to Pivot?! (ft. Deepica Mutyala)

Go back to the beginning --- ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

Come listen, laugh, and maybe even learn a lil something’ -- with new episodes of Hot Happy Mess dropping every Monday on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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