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This podcast amplifies the needs and experiences of Black women leaders in the workplace with a holistic focus on three core areas -- leadership development, mental wellness, and relationship management. Our ultimate aim is to help Black women learn, heal, and grow in their leadership capacity.

Black Woman Leading Laura Knights

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

This podcast amplifies the needs and experiences of Black women leaders in the workplace with a holistic focus on three core areas -- leadership development, mental wellness, and relationship management. Our ultimate aim is to help Black women learn, heal, and grow in their leadership capacity.

    S5E7: Knowing Your Rights with Latisha Newby

    S5E7: Knowing Your Rights with Latisha Newby

    In this episode, we welcome Latisha Newby to discuss knowing your employment rights. Latisha is the Chief People and Legal Officer at Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coast Pines, as well as the CEO of Cultivate HR Consulting.
    Research indicates that Black women experience higher levels of discrimination in the workplace, so it’s important for us to know our rights and appropriate steps to address any violations of the law.  Latisha provides an “employment rights 101” overview, and shares about some of the common legal issues that Black women face.  She breaks down the definitions of commonly used legal terms and highlights pending law changes and trends that are relevant to many Black women in the workplace.  Additionally, Latisha also advises on the initial actions you should take if you feel your employment rights have been violated.
    In addition to sharing this insightful information about knowing our employment rights, Latisha also gives a glimpse into her professional journey and how she is embracing our season theme of our evolving identity as Black women leaders.
     
    About Latisha
    Latisha Newby, is the dynamic Chief People and Legal Officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines as well as the founder and CEO of Cultivate HR Consulting, an HR Consulting firm focused on supporting HR professionals and organizations with their HR needs. With over 15 years of rich experience in Human Resources, Latisha has been a transformative force at various levels. Not just an HR expert, she is also a licensed attorney in North Carolina, showcasing a unique blend of legal and people management skills.
    Latisha's educational background is as impressive as her career, holding a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. Her dedication to strategic human resource management is evident in her approach to fostering an organizational culture anchored in equity, inclusivity, and growth.
    Beyond her professional endeavors, Latisha is an active volunteer with the Raleigh Metro SHRM Diversity Committee, balancing her busy life with family time with her husband, four children, and their beloved dog, Milo. Latisha takes the stage of life and provides an enlightening perspective that highlights creating positive and inclusive work environments.
     
    Connect with Latisha
    Website: https://cultivatehrconsulting.com/ Latisha on LinkedIN Cultivate HR LinkedIN Cultivate HR Facebook Cultivate HR IG  
    Resources:
    Book: Sacred Self-Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes Event: Join us for the Black Woman Leading LIVE! Conference +Retreat, May 13-16, 2024 in Virginia Beach! Learn more at bwlretreat.com Credits:
    Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/
    Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com
    Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    Follow BWL on LinkedIn
    Instagram: @blackwomanleading
    Facebook: @blackwomanleading
    Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights 
    Graphics: Te’a Campbell
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    • 38 min
    S5E6: Thriving as We Lead with Dr. Tamara Wilds Lawson

    S5E6: Thriving as We Lead with Dr. Tamara Wilds Lawson

    In this episode, we welcome Dr.  Tamara Wilds Lawson, President and CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, to discuss the Foundation’s new research report, “Thrive as They Lead: Advancing the Infrastructure to Support Black Women Leaders in the D.C. Metro Area Nonprofit Sector.”
    The report explores and addresses 10 critical issues faced by Black women and Black gender-expansive nonprofit leaders in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and outlines a path to establish the necessary infrastructure to help them thrive.
    While the report was a regional initiative, the data it produced is consistent with the same challenges we see with Black women nonprofit leaders that we work with all over the country.
    In this insightful discussion, Dr. Wilds Lawson shares more in depth insights about the report results, recommended infrastructure components to meet the needs of Black women nonprofit leaders, and shares her vision for what organizations must do to create more equitable workplaces where Black women can thrive.
     
    About Tamara
    Tamara is the president and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she leverages her extensive expertise and influential leadership to actively advance The Women’s Foundation’s mission of fostering economic security for women and girls of color throughout the Washington metropolitan region.
    Prior to her appointment, she served as the Movement, Issue, and Charitable Organizations (MICO) Director at ActBlue—an organization that raises funding and awareness for progressive political causes and campaigns—and led a 20-person team that supports nonprofits raising funds on the platform and develops strategic partnerships with nonprofits. 
    Previously, she spent over a decade in nonprofit leadership as Chief Community Impact & Inclusion Officer for Washington Nationals Philanthropies and Director of the Posse Foundation’s Washington, DC office. In addition to her diverse professional portfolio in higher education, Tamara gained national political organizing experience as Director of African American Outreach for the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 election cycle.
    Currently, she serves on the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Academy of Hope Public Charter School, which serves adult women. Tamara received her B.A. from Occidental College and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2019, she was selected as a Washington Business Journal 2019 Women Who Mean Business Honoree and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington. A proud Washingtonian, Tamara lives in Southeast Washington, D.C., with her family.
     
    Connect with Tamara
    Website: https://thewomensfoundation.org/ Linkedin Resources:
    Thrive as They Lead Report Event: Join us for the Black Woman Leading LIVE! Conference +Retreat, May 13-16, 2024 in Virginia Beach! Learn more at bwlretreat.com Credits:
    Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/
    Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com
    Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    Follow BWL on LinkedIn
    Instagram: @blackwomanleading
    Facebook: @blackwomanleading
    Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights 
    Graphics: Te’a Campbell
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    • 1 hr
    S5E5: Separating Identity from Achievement

    S5E5: Separating Identity from Achievement

    In this insightful solo episode, Laura shares insights from her own journey and her experience with working with Black women leaders on the topic of separating our identity and worth from our achievements.
    She vulnerably shares her story and growth points on doing her heart work in this area.  Additionally, Laura provides her perspective on signs that this may be a challenge for you, sources of where this challenge may have come from, the (necessary) identity crises we may experience along the journey, and support strategies to help you as you do your work to untangle your identify and worth from your work and accomplishments.
    Laura stresses that while being ambitious and goal-driven are honorable traits, harm can occur when we start to equate our professional outcomes with WHO we are.  
    Take some time to reflect with Laura in this episode as she affirms you and reminds you that your worthiness is not earned.  You are worthy simply because you exist.
     
    Resources:
    Programs: We are now enrolling for the January 2024 sessions of our Mid-Career and Early Career leadership development programs.  Learn more at https://blackwomanleading.com/programs-overview/ Event: Join us for the Black Woman Leading LIVE! Conference +Retreat, May 13-16, 2024 in Virginia Beach! Learn more at bwlretreat.com Credits:
    Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/
    Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com
    Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    Follow BWL on LinkedIn
    Instagram: @blackwomanleading
    Facebook: @blackwomanleading
    Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights 
    Graphics: Te’a Campbell
    Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms:
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    • 45 min
    S5E4: Conquering Mindset Matters with BWL alumni

    S5E4: Conquering Mindset Matters with BWL alumni

    In this intimate discussion, four alumni participants of the Black Woman Leading Mid-Career (Samira Payne, Keira Braxton, Trenity Dobbey) and Early Career (Tiana Bryan-Okeke) programs  share their stories of conquering mindset matters and doing their heart work along their professional journeys.  
    Together, we explore mindset concepts that we navigate as leaders such as leaning into a growth mindset, overcoming negative thinking, challenging your internal saboteur, conquering fears, and aligning your “come from.” They share how they leaned into community and accessed collective healing to support them during this work, and their key takeaways from their experience in the Black Woman Leading program.
    Join us to reflect on your own journey, celebrate your growth, and build your own resolve as we explore the inner work that goes into being a thriving leader.
     
    Guest Bios:
    ::Tiana Bryan-Okeke
    Living her life to the beat of Alien Superstar by Beyonce, Tiana Bryan-Okeke has created her own path. This CUNY Medgar Evers College alumnus has 5+ years of executive support allowing leaders across industries to focus on and execute their mission and vision.  While streamlining operations and building cohesive teams; Her passion for project management allows her to transform fragmented systems into interconnected workflows that break down silos across expanding initiatives. After joining the inaugural cohort for the BWL Early Career, she has aspirations to continue being luminous while sharing her talents to help others execute their strategic plans. 
    Connect with Tiana on LinkedIn.
     
    ::Keira Braxton (formerly Brown)
    Keira, a native San Diegan, is a passionate and dedicated Human Resources professional with a wealth of experience in developing and implementing HR strategies that align with business goals. She is recognized as an experienced workshop facilitator and is known for her ability to translate complex concepts into practical advice that business leaders can use to build and maintain high-performing workforces.
    In addition to her work as a People Business Partner, Keira serves as a member of the DEI advisory board at Teradata where she provides guidance and recommendations on the company's DEI initiatives.  She also serves as chair for the community outreach, networking and events steering committee for the San Diego chapter of Teradata Alliance of Black employees (TABE). As a leader in the DEI space, Keira is committed to helping organizations create more inclusive workplaces where everyone feels valued and respected.
    Connect with Keira on LinkedIn.
     
    ::Trenity Dobbey
    Trenity K. Dobbey, a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in social and human services, holds a Master's in Criminal Justice. Her journey began in corporate America, managing financial portfolios for major banks, before transitioning to a impactful role at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. There, she skillfully managed the citywide intake line for child abuse reports, showcasing exceptional skills in handling sensitive cases.
    Currently, at DFSS City of Chicago, Trenity oversees a diverse portfolio of 50+ agencies citywide, managing a $10 million annual budget within the Workforce Services Division. Her strategic vision and hands-on management style have left a lasting impact on the lives of Chicago residents. Building on her extensive professional and personal background, Trenity is an accomplished life coach. Drawing on her extensive experience, she offers practical guidance rooted in real-world expertise, uniquely positioning herself to drive transformative outcomes for individuals and organizations alike.
    Connect with Trenity on LinkedIn.
     
    ::Samira Payne
    Samira is currently the Director of Community Revitalization and Network Education at Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that supports safe and healthy housing in communities across the country. She participated in the Mid-Career Black Woman Lea

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    S5E3: Navigating Perimenopause & Menopause with Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

    S5E3: Navigating Perimenopause & Menopause with Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

    We invited Dr.  LaKeischa McMillan for this episode to discuss hormone health, perimenopause, menopause, and everything in between!  
    Research indicates that perimenopause (the pre-menopause stage) is starting earlier for many women, with Black women transitioning even earlier than other races with symptoms starting as soon as the early 30s.  This impacts our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships and work experience.
    Dr. LaKeischa provides a master class in the episode, breaking down the physiology of what’s happening in our bodies, symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, and gives tips on when we may need to reach out for additional medical support when going through this natural transition.  
    She also provides insights into Black women’s particular experience, and shares wisdom on how we can move beyond a deficit-based understanding of menopause and be empowered to thrive in this transition phase of life.  
     
    About Dr. LaKeischa
    Dr. LaKeischa Webb McMillan was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology (cum laude) from Oakwood College, now Oakwood University, and continued her studies at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
    In addition to her academic degrees, Dr. LaKeischa is certified in the use of the DiVinci Robotic System for Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery. Her ability to reach and teach women has expanded through her Best Seller, The Other PMS TM : Your Survival Guide for Perimenopause and Menopause.
    Her passion for helping women in perimenopause and menopause included her contribution to being on the advisory board of the only FDA Approved physician designed vaginal lube line, Momentum Intimacy. A gifted speaker, Integrative OB-GYN, hormone specialist, and Amazon Best-Selling Author; Dr. LaKeischa helps women in perimenopause and menopause who are struggling with depleting hormones get their hormones balanced, regain mental sharpness, and have energy to last the entire day.
    Connect with Dr. LaKeischa
    Website: https://www.drlakeischamd.com IG: @drlakeischamd LinkedIn Hormone Quiz: https://www.hormonequiz.co/  
    Resources:
    Programs: We are now enrolling for the January 2024 sessions of our Mid-Career and Early Career leadership development programs.  Learn more at https://blackwomanleading.com/programs-overview/ Event: Join us for the Black Woman Leading LIVE! Conference +Retreat, May 13-16, 2024 in Virginia Beach! Learn more at bwlretreat.com  
    Credits:
    Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/
    Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com
    Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    Follow BWL on LinkedIn
    Instagram: @blackwomanleading
    Facebook: @blackwomanleading
    Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights 
    Graphics: Téa Campbell
    Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms:
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    S5E2: Understanding Racial Inequalities in Your Workplace with Adia Harvey Wingfield

    S5E2: Understanding Racial Inequalities in Your Workplace with Adia Harvey Wingfield

    In this episode, we welcome Dr.  Adia Harvey Wingfield, sociologist and leading race and labor expert, to discuss her new book, “Gray Areas: How the way we work perpetuates racism and what we can do to fix it.”
    Adia breaks down her research findings about “gray areas”--the relationships, networks, and cultural dynamics integral to companies that exist apart from the specific expectations and duties required for any given job.  These gray areas are a key reason why employees of color, particularly Black workers, remain less likely to be hired, stall out at middle levels, and rarely progress to senior leadership positions. 
    We discuss the particular relevance of this research to Black women in the workplace, and why a “race-blind” approach in organizations actually harms more than it helps.  Additionally, Adia offers key insights into what organizations can do to fix these issues and create more supportive environments for Black employees.  
     
    About Adia
    Dr. Adia Wingfield is a sociologist who researches racial and gender inequality in professional occupations. She is currently the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also co-directs the Program for Public Scholarship and served as Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity. She has served as President of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), and in 2023 she was elected the 116th President of the American Sociological Association. In addition to her academic work, she also writes regularly for mainstream outlets including The Atlantic, Vox, Slate, and Harvard Business Review.
    Connect with Adia
    Website: https://www.adiaharveywingfield.com LinkedIn X (formerly Twitter): @adiahwingfield  
    Resources:
    Programs: We are now enrolling for the January 2024 sessions of our Mid-Career and Early Career leadership development programs.  Learn more at https://blackwomanleading.com/programs-overview/ Event: Join us for the Black Woman Leading LIVE! Conference +Retreat, May 13-16, 2024 in Virginia Beach! Learn more at bwlretreat.com  
    Credits:
    Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/
    Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com
    Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    Follow BWL on LinkedIn
    Instagram: @blackwomanleading
    Facebook: @blackwomanleading
    Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights 
    Graphics: Téa Campbell
    Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms:
    Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Audible Podbay

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Tamika McTier ,

A must listen

This podcast has easily become one of my favorites! As a black woman that continues to excel in my career, these conversations are so relevant. Job well done, Laura!

Tiffany Michelle P. ,

Refreshingly Insightful

Each episode is like a masterclass delivering guidance on topics often overlooked or just unsaid but absolutely needed to be addressed for professional Black women. Laura and her guests dig beneath the surface to help women become the best version of themselves and stand in their full leadership capacity. Delivered in love and reliability without judgement or bashing.

DrJKerr ,

True leadership

Such amazing insights from the host and guests; wellness, self awareness and leadership examples.

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