BOLD IDEAS – A BLACK WOMAN’S EXPERIENCE: NAVIGATING PROFESSIONAL SPACES, BUILDING RESILIENCE, AND BEING A STRONG LEADER
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Presenter’s Bio:Kamilah Clayton, MSW, RSW, CBT, is a Registered Social Worker, with over 10 years experience working with children, youth, and families. Kamilah holds a Bachelor of Psychology, a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work, and is certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Kamilah is an African Centred Rites of Passage Initiate and a former member of Yensomu African Rites of Passage. Kamilah has a private practice in Whitby, ON, where she specializes in issues of Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Racial identity. Kamilah is committed to providing quality mental health counselling and programming to members of the African Canadian Community.
Session Summary:As a child, I was told that I had to work ‘twice as hard, to be viewed as just as good’. This one phrase would shape the way I showed up in all spaces throughout my life, and in particular, the way I exist in the workplace. For Black women, professional spaces can be sites of great satisfaction for the years of hard work you’ve put into building your career, or they can be sites of trauma and ongoing assaults to who you are. In this session, I will discuss some of my strategies for navigating the workplace as a Black woman, and why now, more than ever, it is imperative to invest in and support Black women.