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2018 Annual Education Conference: Black Women at Work: Changing the Conversation

April 25, 2018 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Long documented as experiencing a double whammy in the workplace, black women often
experience being marginalized, passed over for opportunities, and a disproportionate impact of
gender and racial bias. Like many other groups, they face microaggressions and outright
bias at work. Women of color share many commonalities in workplace experiences.
Despite the gains made by women in the legal profession, women of color make up only 2%
of equity partners nationally. This session will address organizational strategies as well as
individual strategies to address: interrupting bias and microaggressions, equipping leaders
to spot problematic behavior and interrupt bias, self-advocacy and negotiation for women
of color, and crashing through the internalized ceiling and imposter syndrome that impact
women of color. While this discussion is applicable to all women generally and women
of color, we will lead with the experiences of black women who have experienced the least
advancement in law firms.