ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO RECONCILE DOING BUSINESS WHILE LIVING IN A RACIST SOCIETY?
In this episode, I share how I handle growing my business while witnessing and living amongst the persistent racism & injustices impacting the global Black community.
I hope this episode supports you. Listen today…
Black Woman CEO Episode Transcript
In a couple of different communities that I am in with entrepreneurs, people are sharing their struggles and they’re asking:
How do I run my business with all this happening?
What’s the point?
Is it a disservice to focus on building my business while literally people are dying in the street?
What do I do in the midst of these happenings?
What is my role?
And so I wanted to come and do this episode because I have a particular take on this. What I’m going to do is actually read something that I wrote in the wake of Charlottesville. And I’m sharing it today for those of you who are struggling with this idea of running your business while dealing with this reality of racism and systemic oppression of our people.
So the title of this piece is: I Am Unbossed and Unbothered.
When I think about Charlottesville and white supremacy, my immediate response is: ain’t nobody got time for that. And if you react to my statement in this way, how can you not have time for issues that impact our livelihood? I encourage you to reconsider that frame of mind.
I deeply believe we have to fight and eradicate systemic oppression and equality. However, I am clear on my current role, as it relates to all of this.
My role is to affirm and empower black women to reach their highest levels of self-actualization and economic empowerment.
My role is to facilitate cultural competency and deep levels of self-awareness for emerging leaders and professionals.
My role is to be a carefree black woman everywhere I go because my being well is revolutionary.
Do you know your role?
I don’t have time to wax poetic and write think pieces on whiteness. I’ve been there, done that, got a badge in it, right? You can read Dear White People, an article I wrote for Harriet and I’ll link it here in the show notes. That’s an aside and back to the piece is…
Ultimately you have the freedom to choose what has your focus right now.
Two years ago, I shared this with our community
Freedom is rooted in our ability to choose. It’s already for the taking. You have been bestowed with choice, freedom, as our ancestors fought hard for us to have it. So yes, you currently have the power to create your reality, and now you just have to learn how to do it.
So Sis, what role will you choose for yourself?
Will you choose to be a victim of circumstance and let events like Charlottesville distract you from creating your legacy?
Or will you choose to be a proactive contributor to your success at all times?
And certainly, you can be both a CEO and a social justice advocate.
Though I didn’t let Charlottesville take up much of my personal attention, I did donate to support victims of the violence. Also, I took the time to listen to friends as they process emotions. However, I did all that while still promoting our paid event.
You have the power, you got the juice, and you know I couldn’t help myself. But seriously, right, harness your power.
How? First make a firm decision to do so, then take action. That’s it.
So choose well,
And I want to let you know that we are here, Black Woman CEO, myself and the team here at Black Woman CEO, and even our community, we’re here to be a safe space for you. And that’s why we have the Facebook group, which is our online sanctuary for women doing all levels of business…for black women entrepreneurs who are coaches, consultants, and other service providers.
So if you’re looking for a space to have these conversations, to share your raw emotions, please come and join us in the Facebook group. We would love to have you.
I just want to encourage you to stand in your power and honor your emotions. You can donate to causes…you can rant on Facebook. Do what you need to do!
I’ve definitely cried about injustices and engaged in spaces where I could have these honest discussions.
As of this recording yesterday, I donated to an organization that I love for the healing and advancement of black girls. And even declared that Black Woman CEO is going to be their corporate sponsor.
I focus on what’s under my control, and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Let me leave you with our motto:
Power is the ability to create your reality.
So go forth and be powerful, sister, and I will talk to you soon.
Let’s continue the conversation in our online sanctuary for Black women entrepreneurs doing ALL levels of business- The Black Woman CEO Circle.
Black Woman CEO Resources
- Join the Black Woman CEO Circle Facebook Group
- Register for the Free Meant for More LIVE! Workshop
- Read: “Dear White People: Checking Your Privilege Really Isn’t That Hard”
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