Minorities in the C-Suite Is Good for Business
African-American Women Still Face Challenges
- Weaker or less strategic networks available to African-American women (31%)
- Inaccurate perceptions of African-American women's capabilities (24%)
- Work/life balance demands (23%)
- African-American women should seek high-visibility stretch assignments to improve their access to C-Suite positions, (73%)
- African-American women should set career goals and create the action plans necessary to achieve them (67%)
- African-American women should work with executive coaches to prepare for and take full advantage of critical feedback (57%)
Bridging the Gaps
- Said a CEO, "There is an issue of whether black women have emphasized whether they have taken on the most challenging assignments, but are not getting credit for it and not getting the value for it. You want to anticipate what you want and what you think is owed to you, and ask for it in advance."
- Said one of the black women executives, "I didn't get feedback about why I wasn't considered for the general manager role. I was given the feedback that 'this position is not for you’ rather than hearing, 'this is what you need to do to become the GM.'"
Increasing the Numbers of African-American Female Executives
- "Corporations need cultural change to attract African-American females and females in general. Second, specific training for women and African-American women by major corporations."
- "There needs to be senior management complete commitment -- not just a pet project of the CEO."