Carice Anderson

Independent Consultant

Role: Session Presenter

Carice 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. Carice speaks to a Black professional experience because she understands that 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, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson Matthey and Publicis Media. At McKinsey & Company, Carice managed a leadership development program for early career professionals as a Professional Development Manager 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. She 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 important role 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 placed no emphasis on those aspects and this is why she emphasizes the importance of one’s personal story, others’ support of your career and adapting to the organization’s environment in her talks about the pathways to success.

She was frustrated and felt quite hopeless because she felt that her career did not live up to the hype and promise of getting a college degree. In 1998, the internet was not what it is today and it could not serve as a resource to close the gaps between her reality and her expectations. Through making a lot of mistakes, she finally started to understand what was expected of her, how to build those relationships and how to have real impact. Fast forward when Carice started working at McKinsey & Company as a Professional Development Manager in 2012 in South Africa, she was surprised to learn that many of the young Black professionals from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana that she was working with were just as frustrated and unprepared as she was in 1998. She saw that there was a huge gap between what Black talent thought they needed to do and what was actually expected of them to be successful in that environment.

She realized that many Black professionals were getting the same ill-informed, insufficient messages that she had gotten about being smart and getting the right pieces of paper. The spark for her book was lit then. She wanted to share with others what she wishes someone had told her when she was 22. She waned others to make “new” mistakes and not the same ones she made in 1998. She doesn’t want others to have to jump through all the hoops that she had to in order to get the vital information that she received by attending Harvard Business School or working at McKinsey & Company, Deloitte and Korn Ferry. She believes everyone should have access to those principles of success regardless of where they work. 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 pathway to a successful and meaningful career. She wanted to address those messages, mindsets and advice 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 some of the cultural messages, career advice and mindsets that hold them back.

Carice is a big believer in a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to achieving career success and creating an inclusive environment. The organization, the manager and the individual contributor all play an important role in building an inclusive culture. An inclusive environment is critical in order to maximize innovation, creativity, engagement, productivity, a sense of belonging and profit. As a person of color and a woman, I value an inclusive environment because I know what it feels like to be marginalized and “othered” at work. I’m committed to sharing my experiences, failures and lessons learned to help foster the type of environment that I’ve always wanted to work in. The environments where I felt a sense of belonging were where I felt the most comfortable, was the most productive and thrived the most. Carice’s desire to empower others and help them achieve a faster trajectory of success in their corporate careers than she did is what led her to write her first book which addresses the role that the individual contributor plays.

Carice released her 1st 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 is available at all good bookstores nationwide in South Africa and the UK. Her book will be 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:

Knowing yourself – understanding your personal story and investigating your mindset
Knowing others – building and sustaining important relationships in the workplace
Know your environment – analyzing your organization’s culture

The framework for her book is based on realizing that these three areas are critical to one’s success and one will limit one’s success if any of these components are missing. Carice shares how to integrate the knowledge of these groups to craft an authentic personal brand and communication style that allows you to have maximum impact. She also shares stories of individuals that she coached and her personal experiences on each of the three corporate muscle groups. Carice also wanted to give her readers exposure to 30 amazing Black leaders in her network that she has built relationships with over the course of her career and these leaders have worked, been educated, and lived in Africa, North America and Europe. She knows that she is fortunate to have these individuals in her network and she knows that everyone won’t get the opportunity to meet them so she interviewed them 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, just to name a few. The interviewees have also worked across various industries such as management consulting, private equity, financial services, technology, healthcare, beauty and non-profit.

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, massages and she is obsessed with mangoes, chocolate and laughter. You can learn more about her on her website at www.cariceanderson.com

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