ABOUT

WHY BLACK WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE?

According to the ‘Lean In (2019) Report and the South African Commission for Employment Report Black Women, in particular, are the least represented in positions of leadership in the workplace. Some of the reasons are that Black Women are negatively impacted by Bias at the intersection of gender and race and other marginalised identities that Black women hold. Furthermore, Black women experience internal barriers to their career advancement such as conditioning and the impact of cultural, religious , society’s expectations of women.

Black Women in the Workplace aims to increase the representation of Black Women in leadership positions by helping black women position themselves for leadership positions, navigate race and gender bias and to be effective in their leadership. We aim to help companies create a pipeline of Black women leaders , retain black talent and transform their corporate cultures to a more psychological safe, equitable and inclusive cultures through DEI programs that include consulting, coaching, and training.

Our Vision

To exponentially increase the representation of Black Women in positions of leadership in the workplace and create psychologically safe workplaces for everyone.

Our Mission

To help Black women position themselves for and be effective in Corporate Leadership positions and to facilitate the creation of corporate cultures that are psychologically safe, equitable and fosters belonging for their diverse employees.

Our Values

Equity

Worth

Psychological safety

“I am passionate about Black Women, not only are they beautiful, giving, and nurturing, they are also brilliant, hardworking and are responsible for the success of many of the companies that they work for”

Busisiwe Hlatswayo

MEET THE COACH AND FOUNDER – BUSISIWE HLATSWAYO (MBA)

Busisiwe Hlatswayo is a Career Coach, an Award-Winning Emerging DEI Leader, an International Speaker, a Busisiwe Hlatswayo is a Career Coach, an Award-Winning Emerging DEI Leader, an International Speaker, a Governance Risk, and Compliance Specialist, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Educator. She holds an MBA Degree (Henley Business School (SA) and University of Reading (UK), An Advanced Diploma in Risk Management (UNISA), and a BCom Accounting Sciences from the University of Pretoria. And a Certified  Transformational and NLP Coach. She has almost 2 decades of combined career experience in the private sector,  public sector, and academia. She has been in the coaching business for almost a decade now. Her superpower is the ability to move people from where they are to a boss version of themselves. She is passionate about increasing the representation of Black women in Leadership positions in the workplace and creating workplaces cultures that allow diversity to thrive..

Busisiwe Hlatswayo

WHY DO I COACH BLACK WOMEN?

I’ve always been a fixer, ever since I was a little girl. I love sorting out people’s lives, well and mine too… after I saw how I was able to turn my career around I was determined to train as a coach and help black women not only enjoy exciting, intellectually fulfilling careers but be paid well for them. Black Women have a right to be happy, make money and slay the workplace.

As a Black Women in corporate myself, I have experienced the impact of bias and the resultant discrimination against black women not only because they are black but also because they are women. For a long time, I had internalized the inferiority and believed that I was not good enough and not worthy of the kinds of jobs I really wanted. Until I learned that it was up to me, no one was coming to rescue me.

For the first couple of years of my career, I was this wide-eyed, naive, ‘good’ little girl. I was an average performer and was starting to get miserable about my mediocre career until reading a book (don’t ask me what the title was) that had a chapter on how to increase your income in 90 days at the workplace. I implemented the practices and was in a new job in exactly 90 days earning double what my current salary was. I woke up to what it takes to get ahead and have since enjoyed a successful career. I was then hooked and became a student of success, I have read loads of books on career and business success, attended seminars, bought programs, used coaches, and trained as a coach myself. I am grateful to my coaches, mentors, and the books I have read that have helped me grow from strength and birthed in me to help others just like me.

LET ME HELP YOU POSITION YOURSELF FOR THE JOB THAT YOU REALLY WANT