“If you work with a Black woman it’s likely she’s censoring herself most of the day. Everything from her hair, attire, tone of voice, hand gestures, accent, etc is being internally policed. Most of us don’t get to be ourselves at work.”
Christiana Amarachi Mbakwe
The focus of this article is to acknowledge Black women-leaders, to let them know that they are seen. An additional focus is to offer foundational information to those who work with Black women-leaders as coaches, consultants or supervisors - to help the helpers provide supportive and developmental environments in which these women can express themselves and bring the fullness of who they are to their work.