33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Supporting Black Women in Corporate America

75-minute Workshops

Day 5

Session Code: S8-C
When: March 12, 2021
Level: Intermediate
Track: DEI Strategy
Presenters: Teresa Hopke, Talking Talent  |  Robbie Green, Talking Talent  |  Michael Lee, Talking Talent, Inc.  |  Anu Mandapati, Magic Leap  |  Pat E. Perkins, Talking Talent, Inc.


Research shows Black women have a more challenging experience at work than their counterparts. For instance, 52 percent of Black women report being the “only” of their gender and race in the room compared to 20 percent of non-Black women. Additionally, Black women are 1.6 times more likely to hear demeaning remarks about them or people like them and 1.7 times more likely to say they did not have strong allies on their team.

This session, part panel, part roundtable discussion, uncovers the experiences of Black women in corporate America and, most importantly, the actions organizations can and should be taking to support them. Moderated by CEO Teresa Hopke in conversation with two of Talking Talent’s seasoned executive coaches experienced coaching Black women, and our VP of sales who’s a strong advocate for the advancement of women — all sharing their passion for advancing Black women. We’ll be asking tough questions to peel back the layers of inequality and get to what action leaders can take to affect real change now.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the real lived experiences of Black women in corporate America
• Explore the data around the specific challenges that Black women face
• Learn how to close the experience gap for Black women at your organization

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