We had the good fortune of connecting with Iman Drummond and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Iman, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Let me start by saying, success in something that is continuous. Becoming an Author was not an easy overnight thing that “just happened”, it took time, effort, consistency, drive, and sacrifice. In general, I already have certain habits that help me to be me, that help me to make life decisions that will contribute to my journey of success. However, in the process of publishing a book, I had to learn new ways of consistency that would later develop into habits to complete this project. For example, each night I would spend about 2-3 hours doing research, writing, mapping out my timeline for book completion and creating accounts to ensure my book would be published correctly. This was a lot of time, being I already have a full-time job, but I had to stick with this habit if I wanted results…aka a published book. I learned how to outsource, that is not a habit I tend to tap into on a regular basis, but without my team I would NOT have been able to accomplish this dream.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work within HR and specialize in Talent Acquisition. I love my job because I get to be that bridge between a potential candidate and their dream job. Nothing beats the “Hi, so I would love to offer you this position” conversation because you never know how you are blessing someone. Giving someone an opportunity is a game changer! As a Recruiter, I think what sets me apart is my ability to make an interview feel like a conversation between friends. I joke around, find common ground, talk about my love for Chick Fil A, and truly enjoy getting to know people. Is it easy? No. But do I love it? Absolutely!

Can I give a shoutout real quick? Professionally, I would not be here without my mentor (I think this is the first time she is hearing me call her this) Debbie. Honestly, I fell in love with HR / Recruiting because of her. She took me under her wing, showed me a different world when it came to networking, professionalism, how to be a “Boss Chick” and own a room. She is a close friend of mine, someone I learn from personally and professionally… Debbie, thank you for believing in me and seeing my potential.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite kind of question because I am all things planning, food and grabbing a drink or two… but I also like to be in bed by 9. I know I know…

If one of my besties was visiting, we would do Jazz Night at LACMA Friday night. It’s free, you can enjoy good jazz music, wine and relax into the night with bright lights and good conversation. Saturday morning is breakfast at Aroma Cafe in Studio City, they have super tasty dishes. Yum! Saturday afternoon, maybe some bikes on the beach? Enjoy some fresh air! Moving into Saturday evening, I would go for dinner at Granville (West Hollywood) and drinks at the rooftop bar atop Hotel Irwin, it’s perfect around sunset.

Sunset would be great for what I call a “mural tour” which is finding fun art and taking pictures. LA has some great street art!
LA has so many different things to do, oh and can’t forget grabbing dessert… Stopping my Dolly Llama in Sherman Oaks is a must! You’re welcome!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely! I dedicate this shoutout to my family, they are my heart and rock. They are each successful, full of advice and love. I am incredibly thankful for their support in this journey. Dad, Mom, Todd, Kenyetta, Omar … I love you.

To my nephew Carter, you’ve stolen my heart and inspired me. You are bright, smart, funny and full of life. Thank you for blessing me.

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