We have got to get out of the “win-lose” mindset and start celebrating each other’s success. Some of us are there, but I still see it as being so incredibly prevalent, particularly in the workplace. If someone you work with succeeds, that’s (not necessarily) a direct correlation to you losing (your job, a promotion, etc.). I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but I’m saying the chances of it happening must be smaller if we work together instead of competing against each other all the time.
I know, “collaboration” has become such a (barf!) buzzword. What I’m really talking about is about making space for others to come up around you. We have got to stop stepping on each other and being afraid of others’ success. Getting even more specific, I’m talking about white women not being afraid of the success of anyone who doesn’t look like them – and speaking of women of color and minority backgrounds, in particular. Seriously. If you’re guilty of this, it needs to stop. As a white woman, I am telling you – other white women – that you will be amazing if you allow women who are not like you and don’t look like you to enter your spaces, take your place on panels, speak at conferences, and be part of your mastermind groups.
Next time someone is looking for a speaker, recommend a woman of color (and not only to speak on diversity topics!). Are you not sure where to start?
I’ve got some suggestions for you.
(Click through to find each woman on Twitter!)
Amber Lee – Lifestyle, Blogging, Millennial women, Health & wellness, Entrepreneurship
Angela Hemans – Twitter marketing, Marketing, Building your brand online
Antoinette Minor – Podcasting, Entrepreneurship
Contrecia Tharpe – Branding, Communications, Marketing, PR
Eulanda Shead Osagiede – Travel, Entrepreneurship, Living your best life
Faiza Yousuf – Building communities for women, Technology, Coding
Gennette Cordova – Philanthropy, Activism, Nonprofits, Empowerment
Jade Phillips – Entrepreneurship, Branding
Jasmine Powers – Digital Strategy, Marketing
Joy Donnell – Writing, Branding, Public Speaking
Kavita Chintapalli – Social media strategy, Ending violence against women
Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD – Healthcare, Public health, Health literacy, Health tech
Melissa Kimble – Relationship building, The creative movement, Branding, Writing
Nora Rahimian – The music biz (production, best practices, etc.), Women’s rights, Activism, Art as a vehicle for social change
Sabrina Medora – The culinary world, Entrepreneurship, Branding, Marketing
Sherese Maynard – Healthcare, Healthcare IT, #WomenInHIT
This list barely scratches the surface of the incredible, talented, powerful women of color doing amazing work in the world. Let’s keep it growing! Tweet me at @AnOrchidInBloom and let me know who you’d like to add.