COLORfull Leadership Series (TM) We all do it whether we want to admit it or not. Women of color in leadership shift when walking into a room of white colleagues. I was loath to admit this but research by Jones and Shorter-Gooden in their book, Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, clarified… Continue reading Downshifting: Women of Color on the Road to Authentic Leadership
Admittedly I cannot stop thinking about the challenges we have with cross-cultural communication. I am especially obsessed with how Black women are interpreted in corporate culture. I am spending so much brain power on this because 1) my dissertation focuses on Black women coping with racial-gendered bias; 2) my company specifically works with women of… Continue reading Black women and cross cultural communication: The April Ryan effect
There I was, standing at the base of the widest, tallest, oldest tree I’d ever seen in my life, and all I could muster was a quiet “Wow.” I am one of the millions of people who have had an opportunity to go to the northwestern United States to commune with the giant redwoods, and… Continue reading The Redwoods: Ancient, diverse leaders
I am a fan of both the words strong and wise. We all identify with strength, and it is rated highly as an attribute. But what happens when strong becomes a burden you don’t have the strength to bear? Trust me, it can happen. Black women, in particular, have identified or have been identified with… Continue reading Strong or Wise?
I talk with my hands when I am excited. My deep voice resonates as my eyes seek to draw in everyone and get them as excited and engaged in the conversation as I am! Because much of my professional life has been committed to engaging people in the mission of whatever nonprofit I was heading… Continue reading “What I said, what they heard”: Culture and Communication
I am walking with purpose, cranking up the miles and cleaning out the clutter storing up in my brain. Yes, the walking is partially because I need to lose a few pounds, but it is what I am gaining in this process that is a lot more important. Peace, solitude, creativity, relaxation, empathy, and forgiveness.… Continue reading Walking: From hot coals to cool confidence
Not only have the gloves been removed when handling black girls, acid has been placed on hands that should be nurturing them.