Laura Morgan Roberts pens HBR article about better support women of color at work
March 18, 2019
Laura Morgan Roberts wrote (along with co-author Zuhairah Washington) a Harvard Business Review article titled, “Women of Color Get Less Support at Work. Here’s How Managers Can Change That.”
The article cites findings from a “Women in the Workplace” report that in 2018 only 4% of C-Level positions were held by women of color. There are many factors that prevent these women from advancing within their organizations and Roberts and Washington offer six suggestions of how managers can better support them: Take initiative, give credit where it is due, provide honest feedback, assess potential (not just competencies), check for bias, and ask why.
Roberts is a Center for Positive Organizations faculty affiliate and a teaching professor at Georgetown University. She is also co-founder and principal of R-PAQ Solutions, LLC, an Atlanta-based research and consulting firm that brings strength-based practices to leaders who seek extraordinary performance and personal fulfillment.