32 episodes

Break Concrete is a podcast show exploring the unique experiences of Black women professionals as they navigate race and gender in the workplace and break through the concrete wall to professional advancement.

Break Concrete Cheryl-Lyn Bentley

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Break Concrete is a podcast show exploring the unique experiences of Black women professionals as they navigate race and gender in the workplace and break through the concrete wall to professional advancement.

    Success is a Lifestyle, Not a Destination with Dr. Natalia Peart

    Success is a Lifestyle, Not a Destination with Dr. Natalia Peart

    Anxious about next steps in your career? Treading water financially? Can’t seem to achieve the right balance between personal and professional success? Frustrated over student loans accrued for that degree that was supposed to prepare you for life and everything else? Life can be unpredictable. Jobs can evaporate. After we’ve reached one pinnacle, there seems to be yet another challenge ahead. Break Concrete is kicking off Season 3 with the brilliant Dr. Natalia Peart, who is also the author of the powerful book, Future Proofed: The New Rules of Success in Work & Life for our Modern World. Dr. Peart presents a roadmap to gain clarity and thrive in a fast paced world. Leave that “I will be happy when ___” thinking behind and start living a life of true happiness, fulfillment, and self-defined success today. Listen to the episode to learn how you can schedule one complimentary session to get "future-proofed" with Dr. Peart today.
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc032.
    Topics Covered:
    What it means to be future proofed Understanding the old blueprint for success, why it failed us, and Dr. Peart’s new blueprint for success How women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by changes in the professional landscape How we can adapt to a rapidly changing world to become more autonomous Important skills to cultivate in a rapidly changing world Understanding the “I’ll be happy when. . . .” syndrome and finding happiness in the now Embracing success as a lifestyle Integrating professional and personal success How to develop an agile mindset Understanding both/and thinking - seeing the challenges and the opportunities How the stories we tell ourselves shape our success Defying limiting beliefs  
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    • 44 min
    Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth with Dr. Adia Gooden

    Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth with Dr. Adia Gooden

    Do you deal with being an only in the workplace? Do you regularly confront stereotypes about your gender or race? Do you find yourself balancing a hyper-competitive or unforgiving work environment? Workplace triggers making you feel like you are not good enough or do not belong abound. In this final episode of Season 2, Dr. Adia Gooden discusses what imposter syndrome is, how it shows up and holds you back from reaching professional success, and strategies that you can use to overcome imposter syndrome and cultivate unconditional self-worth. Dr. Gooden is the Director of Community Programs and Outcome Measurement at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Through therapy, Dr. Gooden guides people to understand their emotions and experiences, identify their values, address unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and embrace their full selves. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc031.
    Topics Covered:
    Defining imposter syndrome How imposter syndrome plays out and hinders professional success The impact of minority status and racial trauma on feeling like an imposter How stereotypes influence feelings of being an imposter  Identifying work environments that trigger feelings of being an imposter How women compensate in challenging work environments  The relationship between perfectionism and imposter syndrome Defining unconditional self-worth  Strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome Tips for managers and workplace leaders to validate employees and reduce feelings of being an imposter Resources: Check out Dr. Adia’s course on overcoming imposter syndrome on InsightTimer  
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    • 41 min
    Gatekeeping White Supremacy and Patriarchy with Danielle Slaughter

    Gatekeeping White Supremacy and Patriarchy with Danielle Slaughter

    Are you gatekeeping white supremacy and patriarchy without even realizing it? In this episode, Danielle Slaughter identifies three ways in which most people unintentionally serve as gatekeepers. Danielle is a doctoral student (on hiatus) in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Georgia State University, the founder of Mamademics, a blog sharing Danielle’s experiences navigating motherhood and academia, and the creator of Raising an Advocate, a social justice advocacy resource website. We discuss harmful impulses to access power, privilege, and resources, which in turn uphold systems of oppression.
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc030
    Topics Covered:
    Reasons Danielle started her blog, Mamademics, and how her colleagues in academia received it How protecting your child’s innocence gives white supremacists a head start When and how to talk to children about race and racism Resources for teaching and learning about diversity, race, and racism Identifying how we gatekeep for white supremacy and patriarchy and how we can stop doing so Defining and defying respectability politics Defining tone policing  
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    • 36 min
    Championing Black and Brown Voices with Zakiyah Ansari

    Championing Black and Brown Voices with Zakiyah Ansari

    For over 20 years, Zakyah Ansari has been a champion for Black and Brown voices. As Advocacy Director with the New York State Alliance for Quality Education, the leading organization working to fight for educational equity in New York State, Zakiyah knows that organizing is a long-term game. We chat about how Zakiyah built a career in organizing, how she drives and sustains momentum, and how she has secured a seat at the table for herself and other Black and Brown parents in state politics.   
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc029 
    Topics Covered: 
    How Zakiyah started organizing Key factors in successful organizing and momentum building Defining culturally responsive education and understanding its importance Suggestions for increasing teacher diversity Defining school choice and why Zakiyah supports a moratorium on charter schools  The impact of school privatization on communities of color Reasons Zakiyah started Journey for Justice Alliance and its mission to give Black and Brown voices a platform to be heard How we can amplify Black and brown voices in education How Zakiyah raises her daughters to #breakconcrete How Zakiyah has created a seat at the table amongst politicians, policymakers, and educators Follow us on
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    • 39 min
    Moving Past Work. Connecting in Love with Dr. Erica Holmes

    Moving Past Work. Connecting in Love with Dr. Erica Holmes

    Work is what you do to survive. It can’t be what you do to sustain or connect with your intimate partner. As a professional woman, you may constantly be chasing the elusive balance between work, home, and intimacy. In today’s Bonus Episode, Dr. Erica Holmes, a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, community consultant, and author of Dating With Purpose: A Single Woman’s Guide to Escaping No Man’s Land, talks in detail about how we can gain insights into our dating behaviors and practices to progress towards healthier intimate relationships. Wondering why you show up differently at work than you do in your personal relationships? Or maybe you constantly cycle through the same relationship patterns? Perhaps you are a workaholic and work inevitably seeps into your personal life. This Bonus Episode has nuggets for women at every stage in their relationships. 
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc028
    Topics Covered: 
    Defining a healthy intimate relationship  What it means to date with purpose The influence of gender socialization on dating  Connecting in intimate relationships Common dating behaviors and identities How our professional identities may influence our intimate relationships Why some women show up differently in intimate relationships than they do in their professional lives How to identify and learn from how you show up in intimate relationships Breaking patterns in intimate relationships When you should consider ending a relationship Identifying deal breakers and essentials in a relationship Setting expectations for the division of household labor Finding a partner who supports your professional success Follow us on
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    • 49 min
    Swivel Beauty: Catering to Black Hair with Jihan Thompson

    Swivel Beauty: Catering to Black Hair with Jihan Thompson

    Imagine going to the hair salon and not having to endure painfully long waits. Imagine traveling anywhere in the world and finding a skilled stylist knowledgeable about your hair type and texture leaving you with beautiful healthy hair. Jihan Thompson left a successful career as a magazine writer and editor to found Swivel Beauty with her co-founder, Jennifer Lambert, to do just that. Swivel Beauty is a mobile app that enables women of color to discover and book the best stylist and salon for their hair type and desired hairstyle. Since its launch, Swivel Beauty has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, and the New York Times.
     
    Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc027
    Topics Covered: 
    Why Jihan ventured into entrepreneurship Jihan and her co-founder’s journey launching and building the Swivel Beauty app Swivel Beauty’s competitive edge over other booking apps How to use the Swivel app Cities where you can find Swivel Beauty Finding funding for Swivel Beauty Advice for women of color founders seeking investors How Jihan and Jennifer rebounded from fumbles Jihan’s vision for how Swivel Beauty will change the hair and beauty industry for Black women Swivel Beauty’s future plans for growth   Follow us on
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Adiasg ,

Insightful Discussions!

Cheryl-Lyn has wonderful guests on her podcast and asks insightful questions which result in rich discussions for the listener. Highly recommend!

moejama ,

Excellent topics and speakers

This podcast's focus and topics are creating a much needed space for working women of color. I always walk away from each episode with more information than I previously knew and a new resource to look into on social media, etc. Looking forward to the next season of episodes.

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Episode 11

I have only listened to episode 11 so far. The one episode is excellent! Dr. Neal Barnett's advice really spoke to me, since I experience anxiety in my life, with advice on how to address it. Now I ready to listen to all other episodes!!

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