Who’s In your Top Ten and Why Are they There? Strategies for Strengthening your Professional Network

Who’s In your Top Ten and Why Are they There? Strategies for Strengthening your Professional Network
Maintaining a strong professional network is essential to business building and most other leadership endeavors. Professor Herminia Ibarra who studies gender and networks emphasizes their importance: "Networks are crucial to your day-to-day job. Networks are what allows you to generate new ideas, get information and the support you need to expand your influence. Networks enable you to offer more and have more impact."Building Effective Networks, Herm...

Changing the Face of Leadership: One Black Woman at a Time

Changing the Face of Leadership: One Black Woman at a Time
In February, Catalyst Inc shared research that highlights the state of Women of Color in the workplace.   Following is a summary of findings from their report that focuses on Black women. In 2019 Black women comprised 12.9% of total of women in the US population and are projected to be 15.2% of the total women population by 2060. Of the total bachelor's degrees earned by US citizen women and permanent residents in 2017–2018, the percentage of tho...

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
“Black women and Black men are fatigued.” So writes Mary-Frances Winters, CEO and President of the Winters Group and author of the recently published book, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit. She has put into words what so many of us have privately talked about with other Black leaders and practitioners. There have been times when  it seemed as though we couldn’t even find words to describe just how burdened down and ...

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence — Pt 2

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence — Pt 2
by Dr Heather Sanders In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Dr. Heather Sanders is providing our followers with insight into the distinct dynamics of domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, in Black communities. Last week she shared the different ways domestic violence is perpetrated in our communities. This week, she calls our attention to a recent case in the social media sphere, challenges us as women to remove the super shero cap...

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence–Pt 1

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence–Pt 1
By Dr. Heather Sanders This topic is so massive, layered, overwhelming––met with racial, historical, intersectional intricacies, it is difficult to know where to rightfully break-in. Nonetheless, this is where I will begin. First, it is important to establish this fundamental reality––there is no fixed set of perpetrators and victims of intimate partner violence within the Black community. They are widely varied and are not specific to gender, sexua...

#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter

#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter
Today I declare that Black women’s lives matter.  I don’t understand how a young woman could be killed in her own home and no one be at fault. I don’t understand laws that could be interpreted in such a way that leave no one to be held accountable for her death.  But what I know is that Breonna Taylor's life mattered.  As does mine, and the life of every Black woman reading this post. That Breonna Taylor lived matters. How she died matters. The...

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders
If you focus on the barriers—and they are everywhere—you’ll get overwhelmed and even use them as excuses for not moving toward your goal. Instead focus on your goal, look at where you are and where you want to go and break that down into manageable goals. Make that your focus, not the barriers. ~Executive Woman Leader Leading in any organization these days can be challenging, especially for women. Faced with the intersectional barriers of race, gender...

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change
To say I’m elated over my friend Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil's new book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, would be an understatement.   This is truly a kairos moment for Dr. Brenda, as so many people affectionately call her, as well as for each of us.   She describes this moment in her book:  “the appointed time can perhaps best be understood as a time when the circumstances of life are so mammoth as...

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series
In our summer anti-racism series we aimed to introduce you to books and videos on race and racism. Many believe, and I concur, we are in the midst of a “racial reckoning” in this country. To reckon with the racialized reality of this country you have to know the truth of our history and its impact on us today. Our series featured books and videos that highlighted that history as well as shared some perspectives about the lingering effects of that h...

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table — My Top Five Lessons Learned by Kristen Cowart

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table —  My Top Five Lessons Learned by Kristen Cowart
Editor's note: This week I am happy to bring my sister Kristen into our series! She recently read a book called The Memo that shares tips on navigating the corporate culture as a Black woman. **** When I graduated college in 2015, nobody told me I would soon enter the world of office politics. Nor did anybody give me a heads up that my experiences as a Black woman in the workplace would be different from my White counterpar...