I’m Committed to Black Women in the Workplace
My commitment to uplifting Black women with coaching and unity doesn’t stop February 28th at the end of Black History Month. For the past few years I have been intentional in my support of Black women in the workplace. My friend, coach and HR leader, Joelle LaGuerre and I are creating a community for Black professional women. We have offered a number of free workshops for Black women with Black women speakers, who we pay for their time and expertise because it is important that we don’t ask of them that which we don’t want being asked of us.
These learning opportunities and community were not afforded to me when I was in the corporate world. I was often the only Black woman in my department, team or leadership team. It was lonely and isolating, as if being in HR isn’t isolating enough in itself. It had an impact on me. In most of my work environments there was no community, no representation, no support. And despite being the only or one of very few, it felt impossible to stand out for my contributions. It was exhausting and emotionally draining to work so hard for so little appreciation. I left my HR career behind in March of 2020, and I have never looked back. Instead, I built the community I never had with other consultants, coaches and friends.
The Inclusion Coaching program I completed in 2020 concluded with all participants making a commitment to a give back project. I knew I wanted to create a community for Black professional women that included coaching. From there, Joelle and I began developing our THRIVVE (Transforming Hurt & Racial Inequities into Vision, Value, & Empowerment) community for Black professional women. In addition to our workshops and events, we have a new Facebook page, and we plan to host regular Empowerment Circles. Learn more about THRIVVEhere. I hope you will join us and share with Black women in your network who could benefit from personal enrichment, professional development, and community.
I am committed to developing and supporting Black women. My experience as a Black woman navigating corporate spaces helps other Black women or “othered” folks feel safe to share their experiences. If you are ready to begin your coaching journey click the link below to schedule a free discovery call with me.