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Impostrix Podcast validates (smart, talented AF, and often over-qualified) professionals of color who navigate imposter syndrome and racial toxicity in their careers. Through personal anecdotes, historical facts, and scientific data, Civil Rights Attorney and Racial Equity Consultant Whitney Knox Lee and special guests explore how race and racism impact their careers, their personal lives, and their joy. Fear not, this show is about pushing through anyway! So here, we share accessible language, tools, tips, and “fake it till you make it” tricks to inspire you to protect your energy, embrace your power, and honor your worth.Here, you will learn ways to overcome and leverage imposter syndrome,  you will be better able to identify when and why your work culture is working against you, and you will hear personal examples of when guests have succeeded (and failed) at implementing countermeasures. And, we will talk self-advocacy and conflict resolution to prepare you to confidently address racial toxicity when it arises. Find support, resist gaslighting, own your space, and prepare to lead. Be Validated.Listen at https://www.impostrixpodcast.com. Follow Impostrix Podcast on IG, Threads, Facebook and YouTube @impostrixpodcast, and TikTok @WhitneyKnoxLee. 

Impostrix Podcast Whitney Knox Lee

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Impostrix Podcast validates (smart, talented AF, and often over-qualified) professionals of color who navigate imposter syndrome and racial toxicity in their careers. Through personal anecdotes, historical facts, and scientific data, Civil Rights Attorney and Racial Equity Consultant Whitney Knox Lee and special guests explore how race and racism impact their careers, their personal lives, and their joy. Fear not, this show is about pushing through anyway! So here, we share accessible language, tools, tips, and “fake it till you make it” tricks to inspire you to protect your energy, embrace your power, and honor your worth.Here, you will learn ways to overcome and leverage imposter syndrome,  you will be better able to identify when and why your work culture is working against you, and you will hear personal examples of when guests have succeeded (and failed) at implementing countermeasures. And, we will talk self-advocacy and conflict resolution to prepare you to confidently address racial toxicity when it arises. Find support, resist gaslighting, own your space, and prepare to lead. Be Validated.Listen at https://www.impostrixpodcast.com. Follow Impostrix Podcast on IG, Threads, Facebook and YouTube @impostrixpodcast, and TikTok @WhitneyKnoxLee. 

    S2E10. Building a Career After Incarceration with Waleisah Wilson

    S2E10. Building a Career After Incarceration with Waleisah Wilson

    Whitney is joined by Waleisah Wilson, a friend and colleague, in this really real episode on what it is like navigating life and career after incarceration.
     

    Waleisah Wilson is a dedicated criminal justice reform activist and organizer. She staunchly supports efforts that address disability justice, ending solitary confinement and mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, ending the stigmas associated with having a criminal record and eliminating the unjust barriers to reentry. Her passion stems from her personal struggles with reentry and is the reason why she founded NewLife Second Chance Outreach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that addresses the lack of direct employment services for those with criminal convictions.


    In this candid conversation, Whitney and Waleisah discuss the systemic issues surrounding mass incarceration, the importance of language in humanizing individuals with criminal records, and the need for grace, forgiveness, and compassion in our communities. They highlight the impact of racial capitalism on employment opportunities for people of color and the barriers faced by those with criminal records.


    Through personal anecdotes, Waleisah sheds light on the need for change in how we view and support individuals reentering society. This episode challenges listeners to rethink their perceptions and consider actionable steps to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all members of our community.


    Waleisah holds two Master’s degrees, one in Human Services and one in Nonprofit
    Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. She is the owner of two small businesses, Phoenix Recruiting & Employment Services, LLC., where she provides recruiting services to employers, training and business consulting services to those seeking to start their own small business or nonprofit organization, and Beautiful Pride, an ecommerce apparel store that allows its customers to support grassroots social and criminal justice organizations through its collection purchases.


    Tune in to this thought-provoking episode of the Impostrix podcast to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals and the importance of providing opportunities for successful reentry and employment.


    This episode was recorded LIVE on Instagram on April 8, 2024. Follow Impostrix Podcast on Instagram @ImpostrixPodcast to stay up to date on future live podcast recordings and other events.


    Thanks, Chris at DigitalREM for the wonderful job you did editing and with such a tight turnaround!


    Want to connect? Join us on Facebook! Or, join our monthly brown bag discussions to talk about the topic of the month. This month, we are talking about second chances, racial capitalism, and bouncing back. 


    Interested in a free discovery call to see how W. Knox Lee Consulting & Mediation could help you achieve your goals? Email the team at info@wknoxlee.com.
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    S2E9. Prioritizing Women Impacted by Incarceration with Gabrielle Perry, MPH

    S2E9. Prioritizing Women Impacted by Incarceration with Gabrielle Perry, MPH

    The Second Chances Mini-Series spotlights four people who are finding their way after incarceration and who have been able to build a career doing what they love. This mini-series are their stories. Up first is Gabrielle Perry, MPH. Thank you, Gabrielle, for sharing your very personal story with us. 
     In this powerful podcast episode, host Whitney Lee engages in a candid conversation with Gabrielle Perry, founder of the Thurman Perry Foundation. They discuss the challenges faced by women impacted by incarceration, discussing reentry into society, the impact of incarceration on individuals and communities, and the importance of dignity and empathy in the criminal legal system. 
    Gabrielle shares her personal journey of resilience having faced being a caregiver at a young age, incarceration, and homelessness, and having succeeded in becoming an epidemiologist. Her life story sheds light on the systemic barriers faced by formerly incarcerated individuals. Even one day in jail uproots an entire life and the community that that life touches. Gabrielle shares too about survivors guilt after beating the odds, and recalls the moment she had to decide whether she would be upfront about her history to future employers and educators.
    Through their discussion, they challenge societal perceptions and biases towards those with criminal legal involvement or criminal convictions, emphasizing the need for compassion and support in the reentry process. 
    April is Second Chance Month in the United States. During Second Chance month, we bring awareness to the journey of formerly incarcerated people returning to society. Communities throughout the United States are in dire need of a stronger reentry ecosystem for those returning from incarceration and institutionalization. Formerly incarcerated people and people with arrest records, truancy records, or other involvement with the criminal legal system face a stigma that is life long and impacts the ability to someone to secure safe and affordable housing, and to secure gainful employment or access to certain careers, among other things. 
    Resources Mentioned:
    Thurman Perry Foundation: https://thurmanperryfoundation.org/
    The Thurman Perry Foundation is a Louisiana-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls impacted by incarceration. They have several signature programs including the Perry Second Chance Scholarship to fund higher education for women and girls impacted by incarceration (accepting applications through April 2024!) Girl Code - a program to end period poverty in prison, and the Mothers Day 365 housing relief fund.  Donations to the Thurman Perry Foundation are tax deductible and always welcome!
    To learn more and see data about the impact that the carceral system has in the United States, visit the Prison Policy Initiative at https://www.prisonpolicy.org or the Vera Institute of Justice at https://www.vera.org

    Connect with Gabrielle on Twitter/X @ThurmanPerryFDN
    Find Whitney on IG @impostrixpodca
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    • 59 min
    S2E8. Bodybuilding, The Black Tax, and Generational Differences at Work

    S2E8. Bodybuilding, The Black Tax, and Generational Differences at Work

    Whitney is joined by fellow podcaster Shou Alexandre to have a winding conversation covering Shou’s body building journey, being a “good employee,” describing workplace dynamics known to some as the “Black tax,” and generational differences that exist in the modern workplace.  The conversation explores the impact of race and gender on how questioning authority is perceived, generational differences in the workplace, and the expectations placed on people of color regarding appearance and behavior.
    Shou is the host of Shou Talks podcast, a show where Shou interviews people of different backgrounds who share on their experiences navigating life. In her words, these stories offer raw honesty, edgy humor, authenticity, and insight. 
    Shou is an amateur bodybuilder in her first year of intensive training. She shares why she decided to document this journey and emphasizes the importance of representation in the sport. 
    Then Whitney and Shou push back on the workplace norm of simply following directions without questioning or understanding the “why”. They discuss experiences in Shou’s life where she has worked harder and longer, taken on additional tasks, just to be valued as much as her white colleagues. This “Black tax” is not unique to Shou but is an experience unique to people of color navigating the workplace. Whitney reflects on her tendency to always ask questions and seek reasons behind processes, even if it means being labeled a "bad (or difficult) employee."
    The conversation touches on generational differences, with younger generations like Gen Z being more willing to advocate for their worth at work compared to previous generations taught to just follow instructions to earn an income. Shou acknowledges Gen Z has opened doors for pushing back on unfair treatment, despite her initial skepticism.
    The overarching themes in this conversation explore unlearning cultural conditioning to better navigate workplace dynamics as women of color professionals.
    Listen to Shou Talks Podcast on audio podcast players, and follow Shou @i_am_shouxperience.

    Follow Whitney @impostrixpodcast and learn about upcoming events and other opportunities to engage at https://www.impostrixpodcast.com. 
     Thank you Digital REM for editing this episode!
     
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    • 58 min
    S2E7. Unpacking the "Angry Black Woman" Narrative and Self-Preservation

    S2E7. Unpacking the "Angry Black Woman" Narrative and Self-Preservation

     Whitney Knox Lee and guest Julia Washington continue their conversation unpacking common narratives about Black women. This time using scenes from the Amazon Prime original show "Harlem" to discuss the "angry Black woman" stereotype and the balancing act Black women face as they try not to overshoot their mark on being strong. (Fans of Angie, this one is for you!)

    Julia Washington is a biracial (Black and Italian) solo mom, artist, writer, and the host of Pop Culture Makes Me Jealous and the Jelly Pops Book Club podcasts. 
    In this conversation, Julia and Whitney relate over scenes from "Harlem," share personal experiences, affirming mantras, and self-care practices to combat harmful narratives and protect their peace.
    Here are three key self-preservation takeaways from this conversation:
    Create Safe and Nurturing Spaces: It can be so significant and meaningful to surround ourselves with environments that nurture our well-being and provide a sense of belonging.Normalize Naming Emotions: By openly expressing our emotions, we can better understand and address our needs, fostering emotional well-being and healthier relationships. Do this. Make it normal in your life.Do Things That Fill Your Cup:  Prioritize actual self-care, find joy in simple pleasures, and fill our cups to maintain balance and inner peace.Connect with Julia Washington on Instagram @TheJuliaWashington and check out her work @JuliaWashingtonProductions. Do you love Julia's vibe and heart pop culture? Learn more about her podcasts at PopCultureMakesMeJealous.com.

    Follow Impostrix Podcast on Instagram @ImpostrixPodcast and join the conversation on Facebook at the Impostrix Podcast Validating Space. Visit www.impostrixpodcast.com for more information.

    This episode is available on YOUTUBE! 
    Stay tuned for more empowering discussions on navigating imposter syndrome and racial toxicity in the workplace. Be sure to like, share, and subscribe for more validating content. Thank you for listening!

    Shout out to Chris @DigitalREM for editing this episode!
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    • 38 min
    S2E6. Strong Black Woman

    S2E6. Strong Black Woman

    What is the stereotype of the “strong Black woman” and how does it show up in every day life?

    In this episode, Whitney is joined by fellow podcast hostess Julia Washington to discuss the portrayal of Black women in media and the tropes or stereotypical roles that Black women are assigned, the challenges this raises and the impact it can have in the life of a woman.

    The conversation covers scenes from the comedy drama Amazon Prime Original TV series "Harlem" that highlight the struggles faced by Black women in healthcare settings and the workplace. They also touch on data from the Georgetown Law study "Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood" discussing the adultification of Black girls and the disproportionate burden of diversity, equity, and inclusion work falling on Black women in corporate environments.

    Join Whitney and Julia as they explore these important topics and share their personal experiences and insights.

    Julia Washington is a California based, bi-racial, writer, artist, solo-mom and podcast host. She is the creator and host of Pop Culture Makes Me Jealous and Jelly Pops Book Club podcasts. Julia loves to read, watch television and moves, has a subscription to the New Yorker, and will give you unsolicited book/movie/tv recommendations. Julie also writes a monthly column in Jennifer magazine and, seriously, she knows EVERYTHING about pop culture. You can find her on Instagram or TikTok @ theJuliaWashington.

    For more content from Whitney, visit impostrixpodcast.com and follow her on Instagram @impostrixpodcast.

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    Sources:
    “Harlem”, Season 1, Episode 6 “Cuffing Season,” and Episode 7 “The Strong Black Woman.” On Amazon Prime Video

    “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood”, 2017, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown Law.

    "Women in the Workplace" Study 2023, by Lean In.

    Editor: Digital REM  
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    • 49 min
    S2E5. Black Women Don't Owe You Likeability... And Other Reflections on Misogynoir

    S2E5. Black Women Don't Owe You Likeability... And Other Reflections on Misogynoir

    Black women encounter unique challenges in the workplace, particularly concerning likability and stereotypes that can significantly impact their professional experiences. In this episode, Dr. Katrina Gipson joins Whitney to explore how Black women are often forced to navigate misogynoir - hatred or prejudice against Black women - and how this shows up in the workplace.

    Pulling from personal experience with health care in Georgia, Whitney and Dr. Gipson start by discussing medical racism. The conversation then shifts to the subject of one of Dr. Gipson's article titled "Black women don't owe you likeability," and the pair explore how Black women are expected to be likable in the workplace. They are judged based on their friendliness, approachability, and ability to make others feel at ease.

    Black women face penalties for not meeting these likability criteria. Penalties that become apparent in performance reviews and promotion decisions, and are noted with coded language like "not being a team player," "needs improvement in proactivity," and "could show more enthusiasm for her job." This can create a hostile work environment where Black women feel pressured to conform to certain expectations to avoid negative outcomes.
    The episode underscores the importance of allyship and solidarity in addressing the challenges faced by Black women in the workplace. It is crucial for individuals, especially those in positions of power, to actively support and advocate for Black women, challenging stereotypes and biases as they arise.

    Dr. Gipson emphasizes the necessity of creating inclusive work environments where Black women can be themselves without fear of judgment or backlash. By prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and ensuring that all voices are valued and respected, organizations can work towards dismantling harmful stereotypes and fostering a more equitable workplace.
    Dr. Gipson's message to listeners: you are enough and you are worthy.
    Subscribe to Impostrix Podcast here or on Youtube.

    Katrina A. Gipson, MD, MPH is an ER Physician, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Public Voices Fellow of AcademyHealth in partnership with The OpEd Project. Connect with Dr. Gipson on LinkedIn.

    Read articles by Dr. Gipson:
    "Black Women Don't Owe You Likeability" (Boston Globe)
    "As A Black Woman and Physician, It's Time To End Microaggressions in Medicine" (Ms. Magazine)
    "Imposter Syndrome, Like the “Strong Black Woman” Trope, Hurts Us" (Visible Magazine)


    Learn more about Impostrix Podcast at https://www.impostrixpodcast.com. Follow Whitney on IG @ImpostrixPodcast.

    Editor: Digital REM


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Goddess Ande ,

Impactful Conversations!

I love the Impostrix podcast something fierce! Whitney brilliantly brings us the high caliber, indepth conversations we need (and crave!) with extraordinary, thought-provoking guests who share significant insights and solutions to the dily challenges facing BIPOC professionals. As a white woman, these conversations are especially important to help me be a better ally and antiracist. I highly recommend social change agents add Impostrix to their podcast playlist.

lcwforu ,

An essential listen

I was absolutely riveted by the profound depth and introspection of this episode on imposter syndrome, colorism, and integrating cultural values into the workplace. The detailed insights and foresight you provided are unparalleled. You offer such an incredible perspective that not only educates but enlightens. As I navigate my place in this ever-changing world, your podcast has become an essential listen. It truly helps me make sense of my evolving pace in this world. Highly recommended!

Kiwifroot1212 ,

Powerful insights!

The insights shared on this podcast are so relatable and validating! Each episode delves into the experiences of people of color who are navigating their careers and the workplace in general. Whitney, the host, leads candid conversations with her guests about racism, imposter syndrome, the importance of self-care, navigating toxic workplaces, and more. Whitney and her guests bring their personal and professional experiences to these discussions, and examine these topics in a candid, relatable and validating way.

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