Blavity CEO, Morgan DeBaun, wrote in a recent MSNBC article that she left Corporate America because she didn’t feel comfortable or safe in her trajectory within the company as “one of very few Black women.”
DeBaun shares, “It’s tough to explain to someone who hasn’t lived it, but you can’t just be when you’re the only Black person in the room. Everything you do is noticeable — not just your work, but even personal details like your appearance.”
The article offers some great tips for leaders in corporate spaces:
- Set clear metrics of success, and celebrate publicly when your people achieve them.
- Know that Black talent can tell if diversity is just a buzzword.
- Show experienced Black talent that they can be comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.
- Give creatives, especially those earlier in their careers, the room to be creative.
Read the full article A note to employers: Black talent can tell if ‘diversity’ is just a buzzword on MSNBC.
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