When I started my own company, I of course did the things many business owners do. Panic, buy loads of business books, use all my friends as soundboards and did I say panic?!
One of the books I bought and really enjoyed was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I could relate to it, as my last full-time employed job was in a predominantly male environment and therefore it really helped to read about a strong woman that was making it big in the world of business. Sheryl and I had lots of similarities, but, I couldn’t help but feel that she still would have had an easier time taking a seat at the table due to the fact we were of different races.
Fast forward a couple of years and I am delighted with the progress of lifeadmin. We are a growing company and we are getting some excellent feedback and results. But still, when going to business meetings and networking, I am still one of few, if not the only, black face in the room.
Sometimes, knowing that you are not alone with the way you feel is enough to make you feel better and I definitely felt better whilst reading Slay In Your Lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke. Described as, The Black Girl Bible, Elizabeth and Yomi share stories from their own lives as well as providing a platform for other successful black women such as the inspirational Denise Lewis OBE.
I keep my copy on my desk, for those times when the imposter syndrome kicks in and I’m not feeling as Beyoncé as I should. Thank you Ladies for being the role models we need for a better future.
Things to do in London to Celebrate Black History Month:
Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land:
Open until Sunday 21st of October, a free exhibition all about Windrush.
@ Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
More information - https://www.bl.uk/events/windrush-songs-in-a-strange-land
Written by Gill @ lifeadmin