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Double Outsiders by Jessica Faye Carter JD MBA

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CHAPTER 5 Getting Out = Getting Ahead: Changing Employers to Advance Your Career

The increased interest in professional women of color has yielded much in the way of useful information on ways that such women can advance their careers. One unexpected method of advancement is when a woman of color leaves her current employer and accepts a comparable or higher-level position at a different company.1 Current statistics indicate that this strategy has been highly successful for women of color—with important implications for companies and for the women themselves.

Initial and follow-up studies on women of color found that they were employing a “get out-get ahead” strategy to advance their careers. According to the study, women of color who left their ...

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