Creating space for Black Women in Tech Sales

  When I look at the significant transformation happening in the corporate workplace, I am always struck by the lack of representation for Black women in the tech sales industry. In order to understand why we aren’t seeing major growth in the participation of Black women in this space, it’s important to understand the historical…

Transformation, anyone?

Transformation is one of those big words that we’ve heard & spoken about for many years. Initially, transformation was only defined as BEE, so we saw white-owned businesses scrambling, albeit begrudgingly,  to find BEE partners – usually silent/invisible partners – who became part owners of their businesses. Next came the staff share schemes for Black…

“I should be grateful, but I’m drowning”

Living in a country that has a longstanding history of creating endless barriers to control how, when and where Black professionals have access to good work opportunities has resulted in many people being conflicted by the need to feel “grateful” for having a job even when they are in toxic, abusive work environments. The notion…

When racial bias trumps organisational success

  Conversations in corporate professional circles are increasingly turning to the mass exodus of young, dynamic talent in the workplace, more so now when younger generations of employees feel less obliged to stay with organisations out of gratitude or a fear of their resumes looking erratic. In order to attract (and keep) young talent whilst…

I quit my job after 8 months

In 2014, after a spell of unemployment, I got the job of my dreams at a well-known professional services firm. This was the third time I had applied for that job, so I was convinced this was it! But five months later, the relationship between my manager and I had broken down and I was…