Black Woman Leading
Black Woman Leading
Laura Knights
This podcast amplifies the needs and experiences of Black women leaders in the workplace with a holistic focus on three core areas -- leadership development, mental wellness, and relationship management. Our ultimate aim is to help Black women learn, heal, and grow in their leadership capacity.
S2E7: Navigating Your Career Path with Black Woman Leading Program Alumni
Introduction   In this intimate discussion, three alumni participants of the Black Woman Leading Radiance cohort (Tracie Haygood, Jennifer McClain, and Roxann Stafford) share their stories of overcoming challenges, lessons learned, and resilience as they navigate their careers as Black women leaders working in both corporate and non-profit spaces.   In our rich discussion, we talk about the importance of having “mirrors” in your life, exercising your choice, communicating your value beyond your degrees, their strategies to advance in their careers, stepping out of the shadows of others’ expectations, resisting the “black women can’t work together” false narrative, and coming more fully into our authentic selves.   Our brilliant alumni share their truths and their experience in the Black Woman Leading community. Join us and reflect on your own lessons learned while navigating your career path.   Guest Bios: Tracie Haygood Tracie Haygood is a degreed engineer with extensive global business experience in the areas of sales and marketing within the petrochemical, oil and energy industries. Having worked for and with major Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years, she has earned a reputation as the point person who consistently delivers results by leading diverse teams from the front with empathy and authenticity. One of the mottos she lives by: "I don't ask people to do things that I wouldn't be willing to do myself."  Connect with Tracie on LinkedIn.   Jennifer McClain   Jennifer McClain is an experienced nonprofit leader, with over 20 years of experience. She is also a skilled facilitator who has led sessions with over 600 participants since 2013 and a motivating and compassionate coach who listens and supports her clients with defining their path forward. As Director of Financial Opportunities at LISC Chicago, Jennifer fosters leadership and deploys strong project management skills to help her colleagues and external partners achieve their goals. In her role at LISC Jennifer directs and manages the organization’s network of nine Financial Opportunity Centers which are neighborhood-based centers offering integrated services of career development and placement, financial coaching, digital skills training, credit building and income supports access.      In addition to her role at LISC Chicago, Jennifer is Founder and CEO of Mission ENSPIRE, LLC which supports women, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations discover their purpose and operate at their fullest potential, through coaching, consulting, training and facilitation.  Jennifer holds a BS in computer science from Dillard University and a joint MBA-MPA from the Keller Graduate School of Management; she is also a graduate of the Allstate Foundation Executive Leadership Program in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and achieved an Executive Scholar certificate in Nonprofit Management from Kellogg.  She is also a member of Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.   Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn.   Roxann Stafford   Roxann Stafford brings together the worlds of social impact, investment, entrepreneurship and design thinking. Her background in mechanical engineering, business and psychology combines the analytical rigor and empathy necessary for sustainable and justice-focused systems design. Roxann is the Managing Director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, a +$20-million independent joint venture formed by the Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. With a focus on sustainability and equity, The Knight-Lenfest Fund is designed to strengthen local journalism at scale, through supporting journalistic excellence and serving the information needs of communities.    Roxann has extensive international experience identifying and co-creating sustainable and soulful solutions to big system problems in regions from the Pacific Islands to East Africa to the Caribbean, and cultivating opportunities for entrepreneurship to solve those issues. She works with individuals, organizations, companies, governments and communities on how to thrive in a state of reinvention and reimagination with a particular emphasis on the relationship between self agency and community agency. With groups like the Guild of Future Architects, Roxann co-creates universal prosperity by focusing on justice, interdependence and well-being. NPR, for whom Roxann has been a commentator on equity and innovation, named her a tech innovator. She is currently an inaugural Visiting Practitioner in Public Interest Tech at Cornell Tech. Roxann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Duke University, with concentrations in social entrepreneurship and strategy. Connect with Roxann on Twitter @jroxann Resources:   We are now enrolling for the The Black Woman Leading™ learning experience that starts on January 24, 2022.  Learn more at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading program at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Laura’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraeknights/ Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Dec 30, 2021
55 min
S2E6: Black Women Leading in Nonprofit Spaces with Monique Childress
In this episode, our special guest, Monique Childress, non-profit strategy consultant and Principal of Horizon Advisory Group, shares about her community building work in support of  Black women nonprofit leaders.   We discuss some of the unique experiences of Black women in the nonprofit space, how Black women are persisting in spite of misdirected and inequitable philanthropy, and Monique’s insights on what’s needed for holistic resilience in this season.  Additionally, we tap into Monique’s expertise to learn how we can use a strategic planning framework to assess and map out our career journeys.   Monique also shares her story of how a moment of organic connection led to her collaborating and launching the Sista Nonprofit Network initiative, a virtual safe space for women of the African diaspora in nonprofit leadership roles.    Guest Bio  Monique Childress is the Founder and Principal of Horizon Advisory Group in Atlanta, GA, which provides organizational strategy services for purpose-driven organizations committed to supporting and improving the lives of underrepresented communities. Horizon’s mission is to help these organization leaders to define the path to their next horizon through strategic planning, organizational development, and facilitated stakeholder collaboration. She possesses ten years’ experience in organizational strategy planning and consulting for nonprofits, small businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations.    Prior to Horizon, she held leadership roles in Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s Advisory practice and Accenture’s Talent & Organization Strategy practice where she worked with client executive and senior leadership teams on large-scale human capital strategy and transformation efforts. A Chicago native, Monique holds a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She has also completed additional professional training in Human-Centered Design with the LUMA Institute; Design Sprints with AJ&Smart; an advanced facilitation training on “Presencing Race, Gender, & Collective Healing”; and Diversity in the Workplace (certificate) through the University of South Florida.    In her spare time, Monique teaches yoga, volunteers as Treasurer for the Atlanta Unbound Academy’s Board of Directors, and she is a mentor with Emory University’s Start:ME business training program.   Connect with Monique:   LinkedIN personal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moniquechildress/ LinkedIn company: https://www.linkedin.com/company/horizonadvisorygroup/ Instagram: @worldclassmc Twitter: @horizonadvgrp Web:  https://sistanonprofitnetwork.com/ Web: https://horizonadvisoryllc.com/ Resources:   Sista Summit Virtual Conference - January 2022 Credits: Now enrolling for the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Dec 16, 2021
54 min
S2E5: Demystifying Sponsorship with Faith Eatman
Having a sponsor at work has been a key tool for many leaders to skyrocket in their careers. However, sponsor relationships remain elusive for many Black women leaders due to a lack of access to senior leaders and low visibility in their organizations amongst other causes.   In this episode, our special guest, Faith Eatman, discusses her experience with spearheading a sponsorship program specifically for Black women at her organization. We take a behind-the-scenes look at Faith’s innovative approach to creating a program that addresses both the access issues and the systemic barriers within her organization--all while centering the experience of Black women. Faith educates us on the four A’s of a sponsor’s role, provides tips for Black women looking to secure a sponsor, and shares her process for getting buy-in for her program from C-suite leaders in her organization (Hint: it’s a process that can be used to get buy-in on ANY of your projects).   Overall, Faith gives us a refreshing view of sponsorship programs, as she highlights that it provides a benefit for all parties involved. Black women get more support to showcase their brilliance.  C-suite execs  get an “ear to the ground” to expand their view within the organization and strengthen their capacity as inclusive leaders, and organizations diversify their leadership and move closer to a more inclusive culture.   Guest Bio  Faith Eatman is a People & Process Improvement expert with over ten years of experience leading process improvement and change management for some of the top organizations in the healthcare industry, including The Joint Commission, Presence Health, and currently, UChicago Medicine. Motivated by today’s environment, she’s passionate about utilizing her people-first problem-solving approach and critical thinking skills to act – rather than passively react – to facilitate sustainable change. Her lifelong mission is to leverage her expertise in change management and continuous improvement to help organizations solve complex DEI business problems. Her passion project is to close the gap for Black women in the workplace Faith is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BS) and holds double Masters degrees (MPH, MBA) from Saint Xavier University. She has earned certifications in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Lean Methodology, and Change Management. Faith resides in Oak Park, IL with her husband and son.  Connect with Faith: LinkedIN: www.linkedin.com/in/faith-eatman   Resources: TEDTalk by Carla Harris - How to find the person that can help you get ahead at work  Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Dec 2, 2021
58 min
S2E4: Beating Burnout & Activating Self- Compassion with Karma Hill
With the global events of the last two years and the collective trauma of a global pandemic,  the conversation around burnout in the workplace has reached a fever pitch. In this episode, we welcome Karma Hill, positive psychology and leadership coach to share her wisdom on burnout and how activating self-compassion is one of the tools we can use to support our wellness in this area.   Karma vulnerably shares her personal story of overcoming burnout and the lessons she’s learned from that experience that inform her passion for coaching and educating others on the topic.   Specifically, Karma enlightens us on symptoms of burnout, educates us on the three core elements of burnout that separate it from other mental health conditions like depression, and provides her insights on what organizations can do to mitigate the damages of burnout on their employees. Lastly, Karma educates us on self-compassion as a wellness practice. She shares  the three core components of self-compassion, and provides simple tools and activities to increase self-awareness and create a more positive inner script. Guest Bio  Karma Hill is an ICF accredited Positive Psychology & Leadership Coach, the founder of Konversations with Karma and a board member of ICF Georgia. She received her M.S. in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from Life University and her Integrative Wellness & Life Coaching certification from Integrative Wellness Academy. Karma was listed on Yahoo Finance’s Top 10 Life Coaches To Look Out For In 2021. Karma helps women in leadership prevent burnout and emotional exhaustion by making themselves a priority so they can increase their impact in the world. She believes well-being and success all start with prioritizing self-care. Karma’s expert skill set includes scientifically rooted approaches, effective use of her intuition, knowing the appropriate powerful questions to ask combined with the correct tools and techniques to empower clients. Her passion and commitment are instrumental in empowering and inspiring clients to take action to elevate their lives to phenomenal heights. Karma’s belief is that you do not need permission to put yourself first.   Connect with Karma Web: https://konversationswithkarma.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/konverswkarma LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmmoten/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/konversationswithkarma/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/konversationswithkarma  Konversations with Karma Podcast  Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Nov 19, 2021
58 min
S2E3: Pivoting in Your Career Planning
Have you been feeling like it’s time to do something different in your career? Perhaps you have your eyes on a new role within your organization, moving to a new organization, or changing careers altogether… whatever the case, in this episode we affirm your ability to change your mind and pivot on your career journey.   Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of Black Woman Leading, the podcast. If the idea of a pivoting in your professional career resonates with you, use this episode as a time of reflection as Laura covers dominant themes that are guiding Black women’s desire to shift in their career, signs that it might be time for you to make a career change, and a four-step process to guide you through your transition process.   Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Nov 19, 2021
22 min
S2E2: Black Women’s Work Past, Present, and Future with Dr. Crystal Moten
This episode officially kicks off our season two theme -- Looking Back to Look Forward. In this episode, we are joined by researcher and historian Dr. Crystal M. Moten. Dr. Moten is the curator of African American History in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she specializes in African American business and labor history.  In this episode, we learn about the legacies of some of our Black Woman Leading ancestors, and Dr. Moten helps us to extract powerful lessons from their experiences that we can carry with us on our leadership journey. Dr. Moten speaks the names of these powerful women, and shows the history that illuminates enduring themes of radical collaboration, using personal influence to pull others up, community building, and self-advocacy that are STILL assets that we draw on today as Black women leaders.  She highlights the then-and-now aspects of Black women’s work and advocacy for their own economic justice, independence, and autonomy; including some of the challenges that still persist for Black women leaders. Dr. Moten also shares her powerful insights on the double-edged sword of being the only Black woman leader in a space and the “glass ceiling” metaphor from a historical perspective.  These historical narratives from our professional foremothers give us the courage to keep going, keep advocating, and keep leading on our professional journey today.  Guest Bio  Dr. Crystal M. Moten is curator of African American History in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she specializes in African American business and labor history. Previously, she has been an assistant professor of history in small liberal arts colleges on the east coast and in the upper Midwest. Her current research centers on the intersection of race, class, and gender and specifically Black women’s economic activism in the civil rights era Urban Midwest. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and a special issue of Souls, which focuses on the Black women’s work, culture, and politics. She has a chapter in The Strange Careers of Jim Crow North (NYU Press, 2019). At the National Museum of American History, she has co-curated an exhibit: The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success Her forthcoming book is entitled Continually Working: Black Women’s Economic Activism in Postwar Milwaukee.    Resources: Connect with Crystal: Web: https://www.crystalmoten.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cmmphd LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmmoten/ Podcast: https://www.blackherstory101.com/ Resources mentioned during the episode: The Nap Ministry Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Nov 18, 2021
52 min
S2E1: Welcome to Season 2!
Welcome to Season 2 of Black Woman Leading, the podcast!  We are so excited to be back!  This podcast is an extension of the Black Woman Leading learning experience.   The theme for season two is “Looking Back to Look Forward.”  We will pull on our stories and collective experiences to extract wisdom to guide us forward as leaders at work, home, and in our communities.  In keeping with our core pillars, the episodes will continue to have a holistic focus on three core areas--leadership development, mental wellness, and relationship management. We’ll explore these areas through the lens of our theme for season two in both solo and guest episodes. We invite you to join us on this journey of reflection, learning, and growth.  Our hope is that you feel seen, heard, validated, and loved.  And, that you leave your time with us with new perspectives, insights, tools, and strategies to support you along your leadership journey. About LauraLaura Knights is the Creator of Black Woman Leading™ and host of the podcast. She is an executive coach, speaker, facilitator, and licensed clinical social worker with 18+ years of experience creating personal and professional development programs that have touched leaders worldwide. Her expertise and background in business, human resources, adult education, and social work uniquely equip her to teach others how to deal with both the "head work" and "heart work" required to succeed at work and in life.  She is the Founder and CEO of Knights Consulting LLC,  a leadership development consultancy that provides customized training and coaching programs to create more confident leaders and high-performing teams. Laura has always been dedicated to supporting Black women to survive AND thrive in their personal and professional endeavors. Black Woman Leading™ is the latest iteration of her efforts and a genuine passion project that combines all the best of her professional experiences and skills. Learn more at blackwomanleading.com. Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about our consulting work with organizations at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com/ Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Podcast Music & Production: Marshall Knights  Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher iHeartRadio Podbay
Nov 18, 2021
12 min
EP16: Reflections on Season 1
We are celebrating the completion of our first season! A unifying theme emerged from this season - ALIGNMENT. The central message of this season was about acting in integrity towards ourselves, identifying our true needs and desires, and moving forward with intention to create that reality in both our professional and personal lives. Tune in to this special bonus episode, as Laura provides a recap and shares her personal highlights and takeaways from the season.    Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about Laura’s consulting work at http://knightsconsultinggroup.com Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackwomanleading Podcast Music: Marshall Knights Music Podcast Production: JourneyGurl Magic Productions Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola   Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher
Sep 9, 2021
33 min
EP15: Activating your creativity for self-care with Kanesha Baynard
Welcome back to a new episode of Black Woman Leading, the podcast! Today we are joined by inner wellness expert Kanesha Baynard. In today's episode, we will be discussing activating our creativity helps our inner and outer wellness. Kanesha enlightens us on how tapping into our creativity can create a safe haven, an opportunity to pause, be a source of healing, and provide a path towards making the right decisions. While providing an inspirational perspective of creativity as a source of power, Kanesha also provides practical strategies and protocols to infuse more creativity into our productivity, time management, leadership style, and overall professional life.  She also shares insights on some of the tangible benefits that we can experience when we implement the information she shares. Kanesha shares her professional journey that led her to her current work as a wellness expert and creativity coach, and gives us a peek into some of her personal creativity strategies that have added more joy and balance to her life. She challenges Black women to turn our resourcefulness and ingenuity inward in service of ourselves, just as we have used it to serve and nurture others.  And, she helps us to reframe our creativity as a source of equity and freedom that is accessible to all.    Guest Bio  Kanesha Baynard is an inner wellness expert, creativity coach, productivity strategist, and author who has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. She is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness. Kanesha has created several card decks designed to help busy professionals, caregivers, and teens reconnect with activities and behaviors that foster imagination, joy, creativity, and space to refuel.    Resources: Connect with Kanesha: Web: https://www.boldlivingtoday.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/kaneshabaynard/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/KaneshaBaynardCoaching LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaneshabaynard/?locale=en_US Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaneshaBaynard   Resources mentioned during the episode: Creativebug.com - Online video arts and crafts workshops   Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about Laura’s consulting work at http://knightsconsultinggroup.com Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackwomanleading Podcast Music: Marshall Knights Music Podcast Production: JourneyGurl Magic Productions Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola   Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher
Sep 9, 2021
40 min
EP13: Strengthening Your Influence in the Workplace
Welcome to Episode 13 of Black Woman Leading, the podcast!  In this solo episode, we explore the topic of ‘Strengthening Your Influence in the Workplace.’ As Black women, we are natural influencers.  From our families and communities, to popular culture, to beauty and fashion, to politics and so on…. we often set the tone as real tastemakers. And this extends into our roles as workplace leaders as well.     To make sure we are on the same page, here is what we mean by “influence” in this episode:  Influence is the ability to shape behaviors and opinions of others without force or coercion and with the goal of attaining a win-win outcome for all parties involved.  Influence is about driving action and results and is an important tool for a leader.   Get out a pen and paper and use this episode as a time of reflection as Laura shares the components of influence and insights on how you can strengthen your influence for strategic impact in the workplace.     Credits: Learn more about the Black Woman Leading™ learning experience at http://blackwomanleading.com/ Learn more about Laura’s consulting work at https://knightsconsultinggroup.com Email Laura: laura@knightsconsultinggroup.com Instagram: @blackwomanleading Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackwomanleading Podcast Music: Marshall Knights Music Podcast Production: JourneyGurl Magic Productions Graphics: Olayinka Ajibola   Listen and follow the podcast on all major platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher
Aug 26, 2021
35 min
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