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From C-Suite to Startups

The Illusion of Inclusion

TOIGO FOUNDATION (NANCY SIMS, SUE TOIGO, MAURA ALLEN, and TONI CORNELIUS)

Courage and a willingness to be open and grow are required leadership traits for pushing forward into unknown territory—including the unknown of working with others outside your familiar sphere of experience. To date, there have been only fifteen black CEOs leading a Fortune 500 company, according to Fortune’s “Why Race and Culture Matter in the C-Suite” (McGirt, 2016). Because so few African Americans have reached senior levels of leadership in global enterprises, few of their peers have a road map for how interactions with these (and upcoming) leaders should unfold. While the leaders within the organization may ...

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