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Double Outsiders by Jessica Faye Carter JD MBA

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CHAPTER 6 No Woman’s Land: Challenges in the Upper Echelons of Management

Arriving into the executive ranks of a company is often a bittersweet experience for a woman of color. After years of hard work, promotions, and juggling her home life and career, she has made it to the pinnacle of the organization. At this level, she reports to the CEO of the company directly, or she reports to one of the CEO’s direct reports. Or in complex organizations with separate operating divisions, she may be the head of a division or a C-level officer, and likely holds one of the following corporate titles: chairman, president, executive vice president, or senior vice president.

There is no question that women of color who reach the highest levels of corporate ...

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