Workplace Engagement and the Glass Ceiling
The Experience of Black Professionals
ELLA F. WASHINGTON, ELLYN MAESE, and SHANE MCFEELY
Being a Black professional in America has a unique set of challenges. Although Black professionals represent 12 percent of the US workforce, they represent 8 percent of management occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). Further, Blacks continue to fill a minority of senior leadership positions across every major industry in the United States: only 2 percent of Fortune 500 senior executives are Black (Jones, 2017); likewise, only 7 percent of senior higher education administrators (Jones, 2017) and 8 percent of leadership and board members for nonprofit organizations are Black (BoardSource, 2017). ...