On Saturday, 14 November 2020, we hosted our second Konnekted webinar, which was an honest and enriching conversation about macro-issues that impact on Black women and our quality of life.
I write and speak a lot about the gross inequalities Black women are subjected to, no matter where we are in the world. We are underpaid, overworked, unacknowledged, told we’re too much and not enough.
The erasure of Black women’s voices and contributions and the silencing of our complaints is something all of us have experienced in society, in political messaging, in the workplace and sometimes, in our homes as well.
When we demand our worth, we’re often accused of being greedy. When we excel, we must be using performance-enhancing drugs (think Serena Williams, Caster Semenya) or be benefiting from nepotism. When we’re confident, we’re said to be arrogant. When we don’t tolerate mistreatment, we’re labelled angry and bitter. When we speak out against gender-based violence, we’re accused of supporting the “white agenda” & tearing Black men down. We live and work in a world that is hostile towards us and we are realising that only we can fight for ourselves, for the change we seek and the justice we deserve because nobody else will do it for us.
But, it’s also incredibly overwhelming. It’s emotionally and mentally strenuous and oftentimes just outright heartbreaking, because the deeper you get into this kind of work, the more you realise just how bad things really are.
So, what do we do? Where do we start? That’s why having this conversation was so important for me. There is so much we need to learn, so many intersections at play and so much we can learn from each other. We have recently witnessed how Black women played a major role in the US Presidential Elections. How many times have we heard people saying Black women saved the US or that they stand on the shoulders of Black women who have, as they always have done, fought for ideals that don’t just benefit us, but that benefit the greater whole. I suppose this is what comes with your marginalization being so deeply entrenched. You learn that your freedom requires the freedom of others, too.
Joining me for this conversation were three incredible women doing amazing work and passionately dedicated to contributing towards the creation of places and spaces that assist, support, advance and benefit Black women equitably;
Astra Armbrister-Rolle, The Bahamas’ Consul General to Atlanta, Georgia. Nadia Theodore, who is a Senior Vice President at Maple Leaf Foods and Yvette Ratshikhopha, who is a life coach and entrepreneur.
Our conversation included our views on why there is such a consistent and aggressive resistance to Black women at work and in politics, how we can actively and effectively influence policy, hold leaders accountable, grow and sustain action-driven communities, assert ourselves in spaces that aren’t welcoming, take care ourselves/insulate our mental and emotional wellbeing and so much more. Watch the full video:
Through Konnekted, we offer a paid, membership-based career development programme that runs for 12-months where we bring in incredible facilitators to teach, guide and support Black professional women and equip them to successfully navigate the workplace and advance their careers. We also have these webinars, which we host once a quarter, focusing on macro-issues that impact on Black women because we value the importance of open forums to share ideas, learn together, amplify each other and establish networks with likeminded women from all over the world.
If you would like to find out more about Konnekted or to sign up for the Class of 2021, please click here. If you enjoyed this conversation and speakers, please also check out and subscribe to my podcast, The Workplace Revolution with Sihle Bolani. I have incredible conversations with Black women from different parts of the world and what they share is so impactful and important. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Anchor.
I will also be kicking off a series called Unheard Sessions: Working Women Worldwide. These are monthly listening sessions that will take the format of group coaching, starting in January 2021. Tickets will be available soon. Spaces are limited, so if you miss out on January, you may be able to get a spot for the months that follow.
Lastly, I have opened up registrations for Private career coaching. I work with clients for six months and only take 4 new clients per 6-month period. You can find out more about it or sign up here.