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Thank you so much for this insightful article. I'm a CEO of a very successful small business which was featured in INC. Magazine as a fast growing company. Our success was achieved by being an effective value-driven leader. However, some may believe that I exhibit some of the stereotypes you've discussed, while others will say that if I were a white man...I would be considered business savvy, innovative, assertive, decisive and no nonsense. I started my company 17 years ago becuase I wasn't valued in Corporate America, and now I create jobs and economic relief in today's dismal economy. THe upside to Fortune 500 not getting it is that we are able to start our own ventures. Small businesses make up a large percentage of job opportunities and a safe haven for African-American leaders and entreprenuers. An option is to consider working within a small to medium business or starting your own. But, this should be an option in managing a career. Again, kudos to you for covering such a topic with clarity and insight. P.S. a White client/advocate sent this to me. We aren't alone. We just gotta learn to play the game from a defensive position to an offensive strategy.
Posted on April 27, 2012
 
Data speaks! Is it as dire for Black males? I'd be interested in seeing data reflecting the ethnicity of CEOs for Fortune 500 companies in the US.
Posted on April 13, 2012
 
If you obey U.S. constitution which prohibits degrading nationalities or origins, then the use of "BLACK" is a serious violation. You must give up this inferior non-sense of lebelling U.S. citizens. They are all americans and they have equal rights in the eyes of the law and the Constitution. The political thugry that goes on is hammering progress and prosperity in all nation States all over the globe. Therefore, eliminate prejudices and inferior acts all together. Thank you
Posted on April 13, 2012
 
Race should not be a qualification to do anything. It depends on persons ability...nuff said
Posted on April 13, 2012
 
African-American women contend with discrimination in the form of stereotyping, questioning of their credibility, and little or no institutional support. Often burdened with media depictions as loud, argumentative, and self-righteous, black women have gotten a raw deal.

Wow, really
Posted on April 13, 2012
 
This is a thoughtful yet provocative commetary. Adding to this conversation would be the importance of mentorship and sponosorship. To reach the upper eschelons of the C-suite it be most critical and vital to have in one's toolkit. And unfortunately in today's environment it is increasingly more difficult to obtain in my opinion.
Posted on April 13, 2012
 
Unfortunately many black women I have met in the office throughout the years do fit the stereotypes described above. Too many are loud, argumentative, and self-righteous. The assertiveness also goes to extremes at times.
Someone who has a college degree and has built a successful career does not want to be treated this way. These actions usually build more enemies in the workplace as opposed to allies.
I personally would like to see more minority men and women in senior positions. However, the first step is adjusting one?s actions to fit the professional work environment.
Posted on April 13, 2012
 

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