ESSENCE Magazine will reveal findings from its study, Black Women at Work, at an invitation-only panel discussion in New York. The study, commissioned by ESSENCE in partnership with Added VAlue Cheskin, uncovers the workplace challenges facing today’s african American women. Moderated by MSNBC host and ESSENCE contributor, Melissa Harris-Perry, the panel includes Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records; Wanji Walcott, Managing Counsel, American Express; Nailah Flake-Brown, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; and Shawn Outler, Senior Vice-President, Macy’s.
The panel will cover key findings from the study, including the fact that while Black women are feeling increasingly confident and continue to makecareer strides, they experience unemployment rates almost double that of White women, and are disproportionately impacted by the wage gender gap. The public is invited to follow the conversation @essencemag.com
The panel marks the beginning of ESSENCE’s year-long #BlackWomanatWork campaign, which will offer concrete strategies for career advancement through comprehensive content and programming.
We know that African-American women are three times as likely to be head of household in comparison to the general population, therefore success at work is both a personal and economic priority,” said Stephen Placios, Executive Vice President, Added Value Cheskin. “these insights are the start of a better workplace for both.”
“While women have achieved significant triumphs within the workplace and are confident in their credentials, ESSENCE is committed to shifting workplace paradigms by examining the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender on African-American women,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, ESSENCE.
ESSENCE #BlackWomenWork includes:
Work & Wealth Conference: October 2015, New York City, An interactive one-day-experience featuring expert keynotes, career workshops and coaching sessions for more than 500 women.
Empowerment Experience EEE at ESSENCE Festival: July 3-5, New Orleans. EEE will offer an on-site ‘Career Connections’ fair in partnership with the Nationa Urban League, as well as interactive ‘Empower U’ workshops on career development financial literacy.
ESSENCE Empower U: Beginning May 1, free online courses are available on topics ranging from financial empowerment to health and beauty.
The April issue of ESSENCE features an expanded ‘Money & Power section, including an in-depth feature on Black Women at Work covering the findings of the study and outlining advice for advancement.