Tuesday, July 5, 2016

6 Affirmations For Black Women In The Professional Workplace - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Rahel Tekola
Originally published: July 4, 2016
Publisher: HuffingtonPost.com 

Diversity in the Fortune 500 took a loss; Xerox lost the only female African American CEO in the fortune. Accenture’s lead board director Marge Magner said, “Performance improves with diversity” as she speaks from her experiences of women leaders having the responsibility to make the way, to clear the path, to create opportunity. However, black women face a different kind of challenge when in the workforce than other women. The road is not always paved for success and comfort.

Here are 6 things us black women should remember to do in the workforce ...

1. Learning how to advocate for ourselves
Women are always encouraged to be advocates for themselves in the workforce, especially those in men dominated fields, however, it is white women who I see taking the most advantage of this wisdom. How often do we, black women, hear the same thing? Do not undersell your craft and what you have to bring to the table. As someone once told me, “You are your own best advocate.” This is important to remember when you are negotiating your salary and wanting to make an upward move versus a lateral one.