Panel Discussion

Dismantling the Barriers Faced by Black Women in Leadership: It’s on Us.

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Dismantling the Barriers Faced by Black Women in Leadership: It’s on Us.

In the US in 2019, White women held about 32% of all management positions, while Black women held about 4%. Black women often find themselves adversely affected by both sexism and racism. Generally, Black women have less support and fewer opportunities for development and advancement. We often experience exclusion rather than inclusion. History continuously shows that Black women are not only natural leaders, but resilient and resourceful. So it's no surprise that over the past year Black women have been soaring through 'concrete ceilings.' We've seen record numbers of Black women joining corporate boards and moving into senior leadership, however this uptick is reactive and likely short lived. There is so much work needed to dismantle both the barriers of entry and the systemic obstacles that hinder success. We don't have the luxury of waiting around for organizations or people to do the right thing. We must ride this wave and turn these short sighted opportunities into long term wins for US. We aren't leaving our destiny in the hands of others. It's on us and the time is now! Join Thumbtack's Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dionna Smith and PowerToFly's Sienna Brown for this important conversation.

Meet The Speakers

Dionna Smith, GPHR (She/Her)
Dionna Smith, GPHR (She/Her)
Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Thumbtack - Atlanta 40 under 40

Dionna recently joined the team at Thumbtack, serving as their Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dionna held the title of PowerToFly’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development. Prior to joining PowerToFly, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.

Sienna J. Brown
Sienna J. Brown
Sr. Manager Global DEI Strategy, PowerToFly

Sienna J. Brown is a Global D&I strategist at PowerToFly. As an educator, expat and entrepreneur her mission is to teach driven women how secure remote work opportunities aligned with their bigger mission and provide them with freedom and flexibility. Over the past 6 years, her focus has been working with companies and employees to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces that have a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. When she’s not working, she’s at home on the Mediterranean coast watering her plants, cooking a good meal or engaging in meaningful conversations with friends.