The podcast candidly exploring the experiences of black women at work, while highlighting our success stories along the way.
Diversity and Inclusion as a corporate initiative and branding strategy is on its largest stage at the moment. However, the conversations in the workplace can fall short of exploring the nuances of the experiences of the groups that fall within this all-encompassing term. The dialogues can sometimes be stifling and short-sighted. Additionally, the takeaways can be difficult to filter down into the hallways, cubicles, and conference rooms in a meaningful way.
As a black woman who has spent my entire career in predominantly white settings, I have often wanted to hear directly from other black women about their experiences in the workplace—a more tailored diversity and inclusion training so to speak.
I sought conversation that found the middle ground between the political correctness that skirts the issues and the outright anger that muddies the path to a solution.
So I made the decision to create what I was searching for:
Black Women Talk Work, the podcast candidly exploring the experiences of black women at work, while highlighting our success stories along the way.
The Goals That Unfolded Along The Way
Since launching earlier this year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with incredible black women with careers spanning multiple industries. I actively sought out guests with different educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as at various stages in their professional journey.
As I’ve connected with these women over the past few months, absorbing their stories and drawing parallels to my own, my goals for creating this platform became even more clear:
- Amplifying black women who are taking action to make space for impactful diversity and inclusion conversations, in and out of work settings.
- Exploring the role that our experiences in college play in preparing us for entering the workforce, particularly the need to introduce young black women and other minority students to D&I and workplace bias in the classroom.
- Reassuring other black women that if they are struggling to feel comfortable, accepted, heard, or valued at work, they are not alone. Furthermore, it is in fact possible to be successful despite these feelings.
- And lastly, shedding light on the need to evolve the linear and often limiting perspective from which we approach our careers and deciding what we want to do with the rest of our lives.
Very similarly to when I first launched this style blog, my hope is that you will see a little bit of yourself in the stories that the guests on Black Women Talk Work share. I also hope that you will use their stories to facilitate deeper conversations with your friends, families and colleagues.
I think there is an opportunity for us to leverage the lessons learned and challenges overcome collectively, to learn, grow and be inspired. The women I’ve highlighted thus far on the show are navigating careers and work environments where they are often the only black female voice in the room —and yet, they are still using their voices and speaking louder than ever before.
Learn More About Black Women Talk Work
Personally, this is a project that I’ve already learned so much from and I’m truly learning more day by day. But as always, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you guys have questions or suggestions for Black Women Talk Work, feel free to email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Black Women Talk Work podcast visit our website, blackwomentalkwork.com.
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