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Check Out Dr. Monique Ross’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Monique Ross. 

Hi Dr. Ross, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am Monique Ross (Dr.) when I feel the need to slide them credentials across the table. 

 Author~The MisEducation of Monique Ross a three-part series… 

Senior Human Resources Business Consultant 

Host~Pure Phuckery The Podcast 

Born, bred, and raised in St. Louis. I am SPHR and Lean Six Sigma Certified (blackbelt) I have an MBA and a Master’s in HR Management, my bachelor’s in Organizational Studies and an Associate’s in Business Administration. In addition, I am a Certified Life Coach. By day, I work as a Human Resources Champion with my career spanning over the course of 20 years across every industry imaginable. 

I’ve worked in the manufacturing industry, as a Sr. HR Business Partner, Healthcare where I was a Sr. HR Business Consultant, Aviation as an HR Manager, Local Government and the Non-Profit sector as an HR Generalist and Chief Administrative Officer, a Tech Startup as Vice President of HR, and my most recent roles as US Regional HR Manager for a Canadian based women’s clothing retail chain, Human Resources Manager for a local popular car dealership and my current full-time role as a Senior Human Resources Business Consultant. 

My specialties include but are not limited to Conflict Resolution, Employee Investigations, Employee Engagement, Labor Relations, Talent Acquisition, Compensation Management, Compliance, and Training and Development. In addition, I’ve moonlighted as an Adjunct Instructor at several local colleges and universities. And my side hustle, as an HR Consulting Service for small businesses and individuals specializing in resume and cover letter writing, mock interview sessions, EEO complaints, conflict resolution, writing employee handbooks, job descriptions, and policy and procedures. 

Now one would think what more could a girl want outside of a successful career? Truth is I’ve grown complacent in my career, changed jobs in the last four years more times than I care to count. 

Back in 2014, I started writing a book The MisEducation of Monique Ross, halfway through the process, and through connection of a close friend, I sealed a traditional book deal but due to timing and my own procrastination throughout the writing process the contract was rescinded. 

Feeling like it was a sign from the universe I placed my dreams of being a published author on the shelf and decided to go back to school and pursue my Ph.D. geared towards Literary Arts. 

After nearly four years of coursework and figuring out a way to turn my book into my dissertation and successfully defending it, I had achieved the highest level of education possible and decided to pursue my Author aspirations once more. Within a few months, my Agent came back with another offer this time the book was completed and nothing stood in the way, or so I thought. 

Due to the content of this three-part series, my publishing house requested non-disclosure agreements be signed at the least by three of the main characters in which the story was inspired by and of course, this didn’t go over all too well, but ultimately one agreed to sign the others stood in their convictions, and only recently agreed to sign the NDA with their own self-serving stipulations. Great, right let’s get this show on the road. Nope, they now feel as if we’ve missed our window and timing is off for my particular project. So once more things are halted. 

Feeling like a failure after hyping this up twice, announcing it on my social media only to have to tuck my tail in between my legs and retreat to hermit mode out of shame and embarrassment. 

After a series of events, I relocated to Atlanta then back to St. Louis, and in conversation with my friend former colleague, JP Phillips, and my Couso Alia, Pure Phuckery an unfiltered and uncut podcast was born. 

Pure Phuckery is one of my many signature phrases that I use to describe the bs that life throws our way, and I use this platform as a safe space to discuss real-life experiences in work, business, family, marriage, divorce, dating, and parenting where I take a lighter approach and appreciate the Phuckery of this crazy, beautiful thing called life. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! Self-doubt, feeling of unworthiness and not being good enough, growing complacent, allowing distractions, setbacks that no one man could fathom or have to endure. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
In addition to my 20 plus year Human Resources career, I am an Author of The MisEducation of Monique Ross a three-part series titled after Ms. Lauryn Hills The MisEducation where there are 17 chapters (6-7 per book) and each chapter is titled after a track from the album. A love story of epic proportion s. Because I am under a traditional publishing deal it’s been above me now for some time with the 1st installment release being pushed back time and time again. The last push back I decided was the last time as we missed our window in 2018 as that was the 20th anniversary of the album and we had planned to equate that into our marketing and branding strategy but not getting the NDA’s signed the project was placed on hold once more. Which led me to start Pure Phuckery The Podcast to build a following and create my own window and Pure Phuckery was born. 

What I’m most proud of is my ability to persevere despite every obstacle that has come my way. 

What sets me apart from others is being my multifaceted self being able to work as Corporate Human Resources Leader and still manage to maintain my authenticity and my relatability. 

What do you like and dislike about the city?
The best thing about the city is that it’s so small everyone is pretty connected but in hindsight, we’re all connected. I love the Brunch scene Forest Park, the museums, zoo, and walking trails. 

What I like least about city is the lack of support that we as a community offer one another. Everyone is in competition not realizing that there’s room for us all. 

Pricing:

  • Local/State/Federal Compliance starting at 500
  • Job Descriptions and Employee Handbooks starting at 350
  • Unemployment/Worker’s Comp Claims starting at 250
  • Payroll Processing starting at 500
  • Individual Services Resume/Cover Letter/Job Search starting at 100

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