I had the opportunity to read an amazing article on Maya World Peace entitled “Head Women in Charge: Black Women Climbing the Corporate the Ladder.” The article discusses the current pressingly low representation of black women in corporate America. It is no secret that there are challenges and hurdles that make it hard for an inspiring businessperson to succeed in corporate America. But these adversities seem to intensify with discrimination in the form of biases, sexism and racism making so that being a black businesswoman becomes somewhat of a triple negative. Despite, this reality the article provided encouraging incite and inspiration for black businesswomen seeking to move up the corporate ladder and ways to counter these discrepancies through research, mentorship, and holding tight to ones dreams.
Black women executives are the most underrepresented in corporate America today. Studies have shown out of 19 million people in the world, black women make up less than seven percent of the population. This small percentage is recognizable everywhere, yet most disturbingly in corporate America.
Black women around the nation have acted upon powerful initiatives to advance their entrance into the boardroom. These advancements have inflicted change, although the scarcity in representation, levels of discrimination, and the many hurdles set before black women attempting to climb the corporate ladder has left many apprehensive about the future.
Candace Hockett-Henley, Senior Marketing Major from Morristown, New Jersey is one of them. She has dreams of becoming the Chief Executive Officer of a large scale marketing firm one day. The low numbers of women who look like her holding such esteemed positions is something she’s definitely took note of.
“I’ve done my research and I am well aware of the male-dominated field I am about to enter. I’ve had great mentors and teachers here at Howard University’s School of Business who I feel have prepared me and equipped me with the necessary skills to excel in corporate America.”Hocket-Henley has been very involved in developmental organizations and internships geared towards her professional interests. She believes not only her college experience but also her “amazing” mentors and teachers have provided her with the knowledge to take bold steps towards achieving her dreams.
Read the full article: Maya World Peace
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