EPISODE #78 || Kat Gabrielle, CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work

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Kat Gabrielle, CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work, isn't afraid to speak openly about the challenges she's faced in her career, while providing actionable advice and solutions for the industry. Hear about having nine odd jobs her first year in NYC, why operations roles in creative companies are misunderstood, how 2050Work connects diverse talent with the creative and tech industries, her experience being the only black person at every company she's worked at for the past 10 years, and throwing imposter syndrome out the window. 

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Topics Discussed

  • Moving to NYC when she was 19, having nine odd jobs her first year there, not having any connections, and getting her foot in the door as a Studio Manager.

  • Learning hard and soft skills that have been invaluable in her career, why operations roles in creative companies are misunderstood, and why it’s important for anyone who wants to start their own company to understand operations.

  • The origin of 2050Work, how 2050Work connects diverse talent with the creative and tech industries, and why the job board isn’t trying to compete with other job boards.

  • Her experience being the only black person at every company she’s worked at for the past 10 years, the nuances and challenges of being the “only of many,” and learning to advocate for yourself if you find yourself in this position (including the mindset to take into any negotiation with your company).

  • Why people of color should show up to work as their full selves, and the tangible business benefits of having more diverse teams.

  • Throwing imposter syndrome out the window.

Mic Drops

“Having an operations background is so important even for a lot of creatives. [...] As an operations person, you touch everything in the company, whether it’s payroll or onboarding employees, or recruiting, or sourcing. Those nuanced tasks are important for everyone, especially if you’re a creative and eventually you want to start your own agency. What I see is a lot of designers or creatives, they want to start their own agency, but the bones of the agency are faulty because they don’t know how to run a business.”


“It says a lot about the companies, whether they’re posting on 2050Work or the We Are Next job board, it says a lot about their ethos and their values. For 2050Work, I’m not a person who’s in the business of telling people why diversity is important. Because I want to work with companies that know why diversity is important, and just want help bringing it onto their teams.”

“I try and advocate for myself in a way that is just fact based. I give all the facts of what I am doing, I give all the reasons why I deserve it, but just from a fact-based standpoint. Because what people can’t argue with is facts. They will argue with you when it comes to your experience on an emotional level.”

“You have to learn how to advocate for yourself while you have a seat at the table, so that you can make it better for someone else. Whether or not you want to have that responsibility, it is your responsibility.”

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About Kat

Kat Gabrielle is the CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work - a diversity jobs site that connects people of color to opportunities in creative and tech. She has a background in Human Resources and Operations at NYC’s leading creative agencies and writes frequently on the topics of intersectionality, diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Kat’s personal and professional mission is to ensure that underrepresented groups are no longer underrepresented in innovative industries and empowers professional leaders through her work as an organizational change consultant.