Are you a high performing, black professional experiencing anxiety? Do career demands often leave you stressed and fatigued? Has work/life balance become difficult to juggle? Is high stress and anxiety your new normal?
Do you find that you are typically the one with all of the answers? Are you constantly leading, directing, supervising, and giving advice? Are you the proverbial glue that holds everyone together? Have you found yourself frustrated and alone when you hit a tough spot?
Existing as a black professional in white spaces has its challenges. Whether it be silencing your thoughts and ideas for fear of retaliation or dealing with the microaggressions and all of the “-isms” that the workplace presents, navigating this gray space while balancing life situations can prove to be difficult.
Black professionals are hyperscrutinized on their credentials and performance, driving them to not only work harder—but also to be “twice as good, to go half as far,” as Michelle Obama wrote in Becoming.
African American employees tend to receive more scrutiny from their bosses than their white colleagues, meaning that small mistakes are more likely to be caught, which over time leads to worse performance reviews and lower wages.
To be a black professional is often to be alone.
We understand that not everything in life is black or white. Navigating the gray area can often leave you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and alone. Gray space simply means that you have arrived at a place in your life where you can use the power of choice to manifest your idea of wholeness and happiness.
If you’ve found yourself in a space that feels a little out of the ordinary, we invite you to embrace and lean into it. We firmly believe that in order to heal, you must first feel, ultimately leading to transformation and clarity.