About the I Choose the Ladder Podcast

A weekly podcast that aims to give an uncensored look into the journeys of Black women who have successfully navigated climbing the corporate ladder.

Past guests include Nzinga Shaw, Dorothy Capers, Karen Kerr, Amy Elisa Jackson, Jacqie McWilliams, Andrea Zopp, Dorri McWhorter, Sherina Maye Edwards and many more. If these names are unfamiliar to you, GOOD!

Our goal the podcast is two-fold.  First, expose you to Black women leaders who are working to ensure that the climb up the corporate ladder for the next generation of leaders a smoother climb. These are the Black women moving the career needle for all of us.

During our conversations we discuss specific things that ambitious Black women can do to create their own career path. We cover topics including, but not limited to, mentorship, career pivots, resources, self advocacy, and most importantly hair, ha!

Second, and perhaps most important, is to give the next generation of Black female corporate leaders some tangible and actionable resources that they can apply to their career journey up the corporate ladder.

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.


Meet Watchen, Founder, I Choose the Ladder: Watchen Nyanue is a strategic marketing and career development expert from Liberia, who resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA Chicago Sky.  In addition to her role with the Chicago Sky, Watchen is also the Founder of I Choose the Ladder, a company that aims to bridge the gap between ambitious Black women who want to climb the corporate ladder, and the companies who understand who important it is for their bottom line to attract and retain that group.

As an advocate for female leadership and empowerment, her journey has been filled with more than twelve years of executive experience, where she has excelled as a proven strategic leader who understands the importance of building relationships and capitalizing on the “it” factor in order to take the organization and employees to the next level as it relates to the Black female employees.

Watchen holds a bachelor’s in communication from DePauw University. She is currently pursuing her MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 Prior to working at the Sky, she has had the honor of working with a multitude of renowned companies, including Comedy Central, Hearst Digital, Yahoo!, and Johnson Publishing Company.

Watchen has been recognized as a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Honoree, a 2018 Chicago Business Journal Woman of Influence Honoree, a Biz Women 2018 Headliner, and a 2019 Black Women's Expo, Presented by BET Her, Phenomenal Woman Honoree.