Black Woman Leading

Black Woman Leading

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.


January 19, 2023 31 min

In this first episode of the new year, Laura invites you to revisit your “rules.”  Your rules are your personal codes, spoken and unspoken,  that govern how you live your life. Rules help to give us order, provide safety, provide ways of knowing as we navigate the world, and help us to feel in control of our lives. Although many of our rules are helpful and support us to be our best selves, some of our rules may actually be harmful...

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In this intimate discussion, three alumni participants of the Black Woman Leading ELEVATE  cohort (Latoya Butler, Kendra Thomas, and Meghen Demons) share their stories of growth throughout their leadership journey. They share the “growing pains” they endured and resources that helped them to overcome as they navigate their careers as Black women leaders working in both corporate and non-profit spaces.  Additionally, our brilliant a...

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December 14, 2022 41 min

In this episode, we hear lessons from the C-Suite with Kimberly Moore-Wright, Chief Teammate Officer and Head of Enterprise Diversity Truist Financial Corporation

Kimberly shares how both heart work and head work have been critical to her “off the beaten path” leadership ascent at Truist, and she gives a behind-the-scenes look of her day-to-day responsibilities in her role. 

Additionally, as the person who oversees well-being initiat...

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December 1, 2022 43 min

In this episode, Laura answers pressing questions from our community on topics related to delegation, leading your team through organizational change, dealing with “Mom guilt,” advocating for salary/promotion increases, and dealing with fear about leaving an organization.

Tune in as Laura shares her wisdom and provides actionable insights to address these leadership challenges.


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    At Black Woman Leading® we are all about exposing Black women to new opportunities and empowering them to increase their options. So we were so excited to welcome our special guest, Stephanie Perry, Founder of, to discuss the option of taking a career sabbatical, or an extended period of time away from work.  

     In this insightful episode, Stephanie and Laura vision and explore the possibilities for using a career sab...

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    November 3, 2022 48 min

    Research indicates that minority populations disproportionately experience insufficient sleep and sleep disorders.  We know that sleep is a fundamental health and wellness need for us to thrive as human beings, so we wanted to talk about Black women and our relationship with sleep.  

    We welcome our special guest, Dr. Angela Holliday-Bell, Sleep Specialist and the Founder of The Solution is Sleep LLC, to provide more insights on thi...

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    October 20, 2022 57 min

    In this engaging episode, we explore the term “imposter syndrome” with speaker and writer, Jodi-Ann Burey.  

    The term “imposter syndrome” is often used to communicate a sense of inadequacy that an individual may feel in a professional setting.  After reviewing the original research that birthed this term, Laura and Jodi-Ann discuss why the term is an inaccurate portrayal of the experience of Black women because it does not account ...

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    October 6, 2022 45 min

    From side hustles to those who desire to trade their 9-to-5 in for the CEO title, our community has shown increased interest in learning more about entrepreneurship.  In this episode, our special guest, Dr. Shakenna Williams, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College and Founder of Babson’s Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, comes to share her insights on why Black wome...

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    September 22, 2022 40 min

    The end of the year is a common timeframe for companies to facilitate annual reviews.  In this tactical episode, Laura shares points to help you reflect on the last year of your professional journey, and prepare to communicate the contributions you’ve made in your annual review. Laura provides a practical approach for you to guide the narrative of your review meeting and confirm your “asks” to advocate for yourself in the workplace...

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    September 8, 2022 45 min

    So many of our listeners and BWL community members are leaders across the domains of their life–work, family, community, and so on.  They spend so much time investing in the development of others, supporting the growth of others, and serving the needs of others.  Yet, sometimes they struggle to give this same level of care and priority to themselves.  If this resonates, this episode is for you!

    Our special guest, Tanisha Chea, Pres...

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    August 18, 2022 52 min

    In this episode, Laura welcomes two members of her personal self-care team to the show - her chiropractors, Dr. Twila Blossom Jones and Dr. Danielle Jones.

    In this enlightening episode, the doctors share some of the physical manifestations of stress that they consistently observe in their Black women patients.  They go on to provide red-flag indicators that our bodies are communicating with us about wellness changes we may need to ...

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    August 12, 2022 68 min


    Have you experienced a traumatic work experience, personal life challenge, or major transition that has negatively impacted your confidence?  If this resonates, this episode is for you! Don’t be discouraged.  You are not alone.  This is a common experience we hear when people reach out to inquire about our program. 

    Listen as Laura shares real stories of women who are on this journey of restoration, and provides personal insights...

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    July 14, 2022 50 min

    In this episode, we welcome Jessica Williams, Vice President of People at Refine Labs and Founder of Hidden Gem Career Coaching.

    Jessica provides a case study of her organization’s recent move to offer a $75,000 minimum salary for all employees. As the lead on this initiative, Jessica provides great leadership insights on her process to craft this strategic move, gain buy-in from key decision-makers, and deal with resistance from o...

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    In this episode, we welcome Dr. Shaniqua Jones, restorative justice expert and Black Woman Leading alum.   Dr. Jones breaks down the difference between restorative justice and restorative practice, and how we can integrate these practices into our leadership efforts. 

    Specifically, she provides insights into how restorative practices can be used as a tool to combat issues related to workplace ostracism, bullying, and trauma in orga...

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    July 14, 2022 50 min

    In this episode, we welcome Sonya Ross, a bonafide expert in amplifying your voice.  Sonya shares wisdom and insights about amplifying the voices of Black women from her 30+ years of experience as a political journalist.  This experience included White House coverage and the September 11th terrorist attacks, amongst other historical moments. 

    Sonya shares about her current work at Black Women Unmuted, where she reports the unde...

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    July 14, 2022 23 min

    Welcome to Season 3 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 three is “Own your story. Amplify your voice.” We will be putting all of our topics this season through the lens of honoring our VOICE.  What does it look like to find, reclaim, and continue taking up space to boldly and confidently use your vo...

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    April 21, 2022 35 min
    We are celebrating the completion of our second season!   Our season theme was “Looking Back to Look Forward.” Additionally, we uncovered a number of organic themes that consistently resurfaced across multiple episodes– radical collaboration, an encouragement to check yourself before you wreck yourself, a nudge to speak up for what you need, acknowledging and leaning into the shift, exploring the opportunities, and giving grace to ...

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    April 8, 2022 43 min
    We're celebrating the one year anniversary of the Black Woman Leading® podcast today!  If you have listened to one episode and supported this endeavor, we thank you!  It has truly been a labor of love!


    In this episode, Laura answers pressing questions from our community on topics related to career development, leadership, wellness, and building relationships. 



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    In this powerful and enlightening episode, Laura talks all things BOUNDARIES with special guest, Stephanie Ghoston Paul.  Stephanie highlights that many challenges in the workplace and in our personal relationships can be traced back to boundary violations. 


    Stephanie shares some of her go-to definitions for boundaries, and provides examples of boundaries we can set with ourselves, with others, and how boundary issues manifest wi...

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    In this episode, we hear lessons from the C-Suite with Janara Jones, Vice President – Global Taxes and Chief Tax Officer at Albemarle Corporation   Janara shares her career journey and strategies she used to spur her career growth.  She provides tips to help listeners strengthen their influence and visibility, and gives insight into how she uses her platform and position to highlight important issues and connect people to opportuni...
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