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Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower, and Thrive

Presenter: Jacqueline Adams, J Adams, Strategic Communications, Bonita C. Stewart, VP of Global Partnerships, Google

Look around. Imagine being the only one, the only woman of color, the sole "sister" in any business setting. Then imagine all of these sole sisters teaming up as a collective, full of resilience and pioneering spirit, eager to share our glory with the next generations. A blessing is a group of unicorns and we are Black Unicorns. This webinar will serve as a mission-driven, yet realistic analysis of African American female leadership. Armed with data from our original survey of 4005 women knowledge workers across four generations (GenZ, Millennials, GenX and Boomers) and four races (Black, LatinX, Asian and white), Women of Color in Business: Cross Generational Survey©, we will serve two main objectives:

1) To provide inspiration for today's "unicorns," upwardly mobile women of color in white-collar jobs across a wide variety of industries as well as entrepreneurs and to provide information for HR professionals and managers tasked with attracting and retaining employees of color.

2) To offer a "playbook" to help these women "team up" - i.e. to find innovative ways to support one another as they climb what our and other research show are lonely, stressful, jagged yet ultimately rewarding ladders of opportunity for themselves personally and their organizations. We'll focus on grit and family, the economic benefits and personal stresses of diversity, the influence of white, male mentors, and will relate their own experiences as "unicorns," the first African-American Harvard Business School MBAs to reach the top of their respective fields -- technology (first African American woman vice president at Google) and media (first female African-American White House Correspondent for CBS News).  

Jacqueline Adams launched a second career as a communications strategist after more than two decades as an Emmy Award winning CBS News correspondent. Ms. Adams covered the groundbreaking campaigns of Jesse Jackson for President and Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President before spending five years as a White House correspondent during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. In the 1990s, she was a prolific contributor to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS News Sunday Morning. She won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for the 48 Hours broadcast, "The Search for Matthew." Adams, a graduate of Harvard Business School, serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A music aficionado, she is studying the classical composers at the Juilliard School of Music's Evening Division.

Bonita C. Stewart joined Google in 2006 and her career spans three decades leading multi-billion dollar operations, accelerating digital technology adoption and driving business transformation for major corporations in the IT, automotive and technology fields. Currently, as VP, Global Partnerships she oversees the largest US publishers across Media/Entertainment, News/Publishing, Mobile apps, Search and Commerce. Widely hailed for her astute leadership, in 2014 Crain's named her a Woman to Watch in Tech. Ms. Stewart also pioneered the concept for Howard West, a computer science immersion program for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), powered by Google. Stewart received her BA with honors from Howard University and MBA from Harvard Business School. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Kevin Stewart.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Pluralsight, the technology skills platform.  Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including Pluralsight IQ, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs, and analytics.