Ebony’s Next Chapter

Just about one year ago, Ebony found herself at a standstill. Her fourteen years of service in the United States Air Force had come to close, but she had a strong desire to continue serving her community. She was scouring job boards looking for purposeful, post-military civilian work, but felt overw

Melissa’s Courage to Change Course

Melissa’s nagging discontent with her day job (the kind of 9-to-5 corporate legal job a first-generation college graduate felt she should have) drove her to attend Bootcamp last March. Afterwards, Melissa made a plan and left her legal career to professionally pursue a dessert catering business. I

It Pays to Negotiate

On average, only 7% of women attempt to negotiate their salary. Gray, a 27-year-old woman in Cambridge, MA, recalled this statistic from Bossed Up Bootcamp as she weighed an exciting new offer. In the weeks following Bootcamp, she was able to have a difficult conversation with her supervisor, in whi

How I got Bossed Up

by Laquanda Fields Last March, I found the courage to end a career that made me unhappy. I lost sight of my career goals and the work I did was unfulfilling. Just as I thought I was unsure about what to do next, I stumbled upon Bossed Up Bootcamp. Bossed Up is an organization with […]

Analysis to Action: Laquanda’s Career Come-Up Story

When Laquanda and her good friend Ileana came to Bootcamp, they were both feeling trapped in jobs at call center, daydreaming together between cubicle walls. They spent their shifts talking about “one day” pursuing careers they would love, which for Laquanda meant exploring the PR world as a com

How Ashley Started Living for the Long-Term

When Ashley joined us at Bootcamp, she had already been pursuing her passions on the side for quite a while. On top of her award-winning work in multimedia journalism, Ashley launched and led RIZZARR, an inspirational social blog network for millennials. It was mainly something she was pursuing for

When sustainability requires solitude

When Joanna joined us at Bossed Up Bootcamp, she was in the midst of the biggest transition of her life: a divorce. Coming to Bootcamp meant coming to terms with the split in a social context for the first time.  Standing amongst her fellow bosses at the end of the weekend, everyone had a turn [&he

Want What You Want – No Apologies

Robin is a self-proclaimed introvert. At 5 feet 2 inches, her voice often emerges softly from behind her dark framed glasses amidst a blaze of fire-engine red hair. You would never have guessed that a year before coming to Bootcamp, Robin bought herself a motorcycle. And not just any old ‘hog.’

How growing her community landed Jessica’s best job yet.

Jessica was laid off from a job she hated in June. While it was hard to be upset about the loss, she recognized that if she didn’t take an active and assertive role in making her next move, she was going to wind up in another dead end. That’s why Jessica devoted her summer to […]

My Boss Congratulated Me for Negotiating

This post is part of a series recognizing the achievements of Bossed Up’s Boss of the Year nominees, in celebration of Bossed Up’s official #LaunchLikeABoss Launch Party July 24. On average, only 7% of women attempt to negotiate their salary. Gray, a 27-year-old woman in Cambridge, MA, recalled