Zach Nunn is the founder of Living Corporate, a media startup that centers black and brown perspectives and experiences in Corporate America. He’s also a Fishbowl community leader for the Black Consultants Bowl.
One thing you love that everyone hates:
Spam sandwiches are a rare, rare treat, but WOW they are delicious. I’m a country guy at heart lol.
Which moment set you the career path you’re on today?
Walking into orientation as an HR Manager fresh out of college and being the only black man in the room.
What song plays in your head when you have a huge meeting or you know you need to kick ass?
OG Bobby Johnson
What’s the one thing you’re proud of that’s not on your resume?
My lovely daughter, Emory Jean Nunn and beautiful wife, Candis.
What’s been one of your favorite convos from Fishbowl?
This one is recent, but I like it because it’s honest and real – leaders could benefit from listening in to these sorts of exchanges.
What’s the one thing you’d want to improve in your industry?
Equitable treatment of black and brown consultants.
What’s your go-to fun fact during ice breakers?
I played classical Tuba and got a music scholarship back in the day.
What’s the most ridiculous thing a boss or coworker asked you to do?
Show them how to make gang signs.
Who’s your career crush?
It’s a three-way tie between Chris Moreland, Marty Rodgers, and Matamba Austin.
What’s the luckiest moment you had in your career?
Meeting some incredible mentors.
What’s the worst mistake you’ve made at work?
Not locking up the store correctly as an HR Manager for a retail company after closing hours – yikes!
What’s your favorite industry jargon? Least favorite?
All of it is bad, but “let’s take a step back here” incites a particular rage in me lol.
If you weren’t in your industry, what would you do?
Run my startup Living Corporate full time.
What’s your biggest pet peeve in a coworker?
Inauthentic, exclusionary behavior
Describe a moment where you experienced inequality in your career.
To get promoted to Manager, I created multiple go-to-market sales strategies for a variety of senior leaders. I barely got promoted. Meanwhile, my white male counterpart did the bare minimum, quit the firm and came back within the same promotion year (a 3 month boomerang) and got promoted.
What do you love about your job?
Identifying problems and creating solutions
If the story of your career was a book, what would the title be?
Describe the best boss you’d ever have
The best boss I could ever have would empower me to lead with empathy.
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What do you want to drive forward in your community?
Affirmation of our lived experiences and equitable treatment for career advancement.
What’s one piece of work you’re the most proud of?
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