Black women deserve

to thrive, not just

survive, at work.

Organizations are failing Black women.

Diversity initiatives are failing Black women.

We’re out to change that.

Black women deserve to thrive, not just survive, at work.

Organizations are failing Black women.

Diversity initiatives are failing Black women.

We’re out to change that.

Black women deserve to thrive, not just survive, at work.

Organizations are failing Black women.

Diversity initiatives are failing Black women.

We’re out to change that.

No stops until we thrive.

Black women are brilliant, ambitious, qualified.

But we’re not treated as such. We survive workplace structures and cultures that were not built for us, that are stacked against us, which is made clear in many implicit and explicit ways —through pay, mentorship and sponsorship gaps, performance and promotion bias, daily microaggressions, and discrimination.

In order to change that we need to create strategies that center Black women, designed by Black women which hold organizations accountable to Black women.

That’s Black Women Thriving.

Do you want a truly equitable organization?

Then center Black women in your efforts.

When Black women thrive, so many unquestioned, inequitable norms and power structures will have been broken that thriving will replace surviving for everyone.

Black women know how to survive, we have been for hundreds of years. I’m done surviving. I really want to thrive and live. And beyond the confines of “professionalism,” my life is meant for more than that.

— BWT Focus Group Participant

About our findings

Our findings are based on 19 focus groups and a survey of 1,431 Black women (cisgender and transgender) and gender-expansive professionals working in the public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations across the United States.

Thriving is so important because it increases the personal growth and health of employees, helps to mitigate burnout, and benefits organizations by enhancing the performance and reducing stressors that negatively impact health outcomes.

Our findings span over 100 data points, here are just a few:

Black women deserve to feel emotionally safe at work.

66% of Black women report not feeling emotionally safe at work.

“I would love to fully relax into my Blackness at work but I can’t. Regardless of what I do, no matter how efficient I am, how authentic or authoritative I am when I walk into that building, the first thing people see is my skin color and that causes them to doubt my authority, to doubt my authenticity, to doubt my knowledge and my experience.”

- BWT Focus Group Participant

Voices of Black Women:

“Black women will work day in and day out for the success of their organization and then that organization will benefit more than the Black woman herself.”

- BWT Focus Group Participant

Voices of Black Women:

Black women deserve to have their contributions evaluated equitably.

Only 33% of Black women believe that job performance is evaluated fairly.

Black women deserve to be invested in.

78% of Black women have never participated in a mentoring program sponsored by their organization.

“I would like for it to be easier for Black women to move into leadership positions. The ways that men have relied on relationships and nepotism to support their own advancement doesn’t exist for us. Having mentors and sponsors who are advocates is crucial because I'm tired of having to do all this stuff by myself and I would like to have someone who helps me get opportunities.”

- BWT Focus Group Participant

Voices of Black Women:

“Most of the conversations about race and reckoning happened at a clinical level but not at a personal level with those of us who are Black women on staff. So while professionally I feel fairly supported, it’s in the front of my mind that they didn’t show up for me in the way I would have expected most of them to.”

- BWT Focus Group Participant

Voices of Black Women:

Black women deserve solidarity and support from their colleagues.

Only 41% of Black women reported trusting that their coworkers will stand up for what is just.

This report contains a comprehensive set of actionable and detailed recommendations across seven key areas that tells organizations what they need to do to help Black women thrive.

Our recommendations go far beyond traditional DEI solutions, which typically don’t move the needle much for Black women (learn why in the report).

To improve workplace satisfaction for Black women, organizations must learn from Black women’s experiences and unique needs and shape strategies that are responsive to and inclusive of those needs.

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Monthly Expert Briefings (FREE Webinar) – Each month in the summer of 2022, Ericka Hines, BWT Founder, will do a data briefing open to the public that shares the top findings and her recommended strategies. BWT expert briefings are available to everyone and we highly encourage members of employee resource infinity groups, those involved in an organization’s DEI efforts, and organizational leaders to attend.  

Registration is on a first-come, first-reserved basis with a limit of 75 folks.

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