Independent ConsultantRole: Session Presenter
Carice Anderson has a passion for empowering others, democratizing access to unwritten rules of success, and helping people unlock their potential so they can have more fun and more impact at work. She speaks to a Black professional experience because she understands this perspective in a global way after growing up in the USA, living and working full-time in South Africa for 10 years, and coaching Black talent in the USA, Europe, and Africa.
Carice has worked for top companies such as Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Korn Ferry, and McKinsey & Company. She has presented insights on building inclusive cultures and developing Black talent to companies such as Google, Bain & Company, Biogen, Bloomberg, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase, Johnson Matthey, and Publicis Media. At McKinsey & Company, Carice managed a leadership development program for early career professionals, and she worked as an executive coach, facilitator, and consultant for technology, financial services, and healthcare clients in North America, Africa, and Europe during her time at Korn Ferry. Carice holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!).
Carice comes from a family of educators, social workers, and ministers and she was the first person in her family to major in business and work in corporate. Due to her family’s background and her lack of access to those in the corporate space, she was woefully unprepared when she began her career in 1998 after graduating from university. She grew up believing that all she needed to be successful was to “be smart” and “get the right pieces of paper.” The advice that she got about being successful never included the importance of building and maintaining relationships with others, understanding the environment, and/or understanding how her personal story influenced her mindset and ultimately, how she showed up. Therefore, she emphasizes those aspects in her talks about the pathways to success.
From coaching, working with, and presenting insights to Black professionals in North America, Europe, and Africa, Carice realized that there are some shared cultural messages, mindsets, and pieces of career advice that Black professionals are internalizing that are not serving them in their desire for and the pathway to a successful and meaningful career. She decided to address those messages, mindsets, and advice in a book to help people make the connection between them and how they show up in the workplace, their development as leaders, and their ability to advance. She also thought this book could share some valuable insights with those who manage and lead organizations about some of the challenges that Black professionals face and what holds them back.
Carice released her first book, “Intelligence Isn’t Enough: A Black Professional’s Guide to Thriving in the Workplace” in South Africa under the Jonathan Ball Publishers imprint in January 2021, and her book was re-released under the Berrett-Koehler Publishers imprint and distributed globally by Penguin Random House in October 2022. “Intelligence Isn’t Enough” is divided into six chapters that guide readers through what Carice calls the three major corporate muscle groups critical to one’s success:
1. Knowing yourself – understanding your personal story and investigating your mindset
2. Knowing others – building and sustaining important relationships in the workplace
3. Knowing your environment – analyzing your organization’s culture
She also gives her readers exposure to 30 amazing Black leaders in her network with whom she has built relationships during her career — leaders who have worked, been educated, and lived in Africa, North America, and Europe. To share their insights and lessons learned, Carice interviewed Acha Leke, chairman of McKinsey & Company Africa; Shenece Garner, head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, JCPenney; Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Spotify managing director, Sub-Saharan Africa; and Tina Taylor, former chief information officer and chief quality officer for GE Lighting Global, to name just a few.
Carice recently relocated back to Atlanta after living in South Africa for 10 years with her husband Fungayi. She is a director in Leadership and Manager Development for a leading asset management firm and her work is at the intersection of people manager, strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She enjoys traveling and massages, and she is obsessed with mangoes, chocolate, and laughter. You can learn more about her on her website at www.cariceanderson.com