Smart Choices with Jeff Lapaix

Smart Choices with Jeff Lapaix

Working in corporate as a man of color is wild. Oftentimes, we are told to make ourselves smaller, brush off microaggressions, and accept sandbagging in the workplace. It gets to a point where you can’t put 110% into your work because you have to put so much effort into appeasing a hostile work environment. Eventually, you get to a point where you have to make a choice - stick it out or leave for something better. 


Jeff Lapaix is a Bronx-born creative marketing strategist and producer with over 10 years of experience across sports and news. He’s also the founder of The Smartest Guys in the Room, a podcast platform that sets out to redefine what it means to be “smart” by celebrating creatives and changemakers, and the impact they’re making on communities across NYC. He’s the co-writer + voice behind the lip-syncing comedic duo “Juan Bago & O”


In this week’s episode, Jeff talks about his time in a hostile corporate environment as a creative man of color. From having his ideas stolen and a socially enforced office uniform, Jeff has had to navigate cutthroat company culture. And while many of his colleagues would kill to be in his spot, he was starting to see through the name-brand prestige. It wasn’t until he started withholding the details of his amazing ideas that he decided enough was enough. Tune in to hear how he got out and what he’s doing now as a creative strategist. 

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