A Seat at the Table

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. (TIAA), Kenneth C. Frazier (Merck), Marvin R. Ellison (J.C. Pennyu2019s); as of today these are the names of the only black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, the lowest it has been in over 15 years. While diversity and inclusion initiatives have become a higher priority for companies, white males continue to disproportionately occupy the majority of corporate leadership positions.

When I started my career in management consulting I didnu2019t fully understand how these statistics would impact my career progression. I soon realized hard work, stellar performance metrics, and subject matter expertise werenu2019t going to be enough to get me to the next level. I started to learn about informal support systems such as the u201cgood old boys clubu201d and u201cpartner trainsu201d – all of which were white male-dominated spaces. There wasnu2019t a clear path for first-generation Nigerian-American women like myself.

My hope is that Living Corporate brings visibility to the extremely talented pipeline of corporate leaders from underrepresented groups. Itu2019s time we pull up our chairs and start having REAL conversations about the diversity and inclusion issues in Corporate America.

We out here for real, yu2019all!

-Latricia

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