Earning Power Moves — The Earn Phase — Karen Boykin-Towns
A Feature in Deepa Purushothaman’s ‘The First, The Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America’
Breadwinners, workers, caregivers, and corporate executives — women of color have been unsung heroes for too long. We are one of the fastest-growing segments of the corporate workforce, and yet are still underrepresented, often underpaid, and many times impacted by bias and/or prejudice. In an effort to highlight the struggles women of color in corporate America faced by herself and others, Deepa Purushothaman met with women across industries and ethnic backgrounds to capture their experiences. I am honored to have been a part of this powerful book and to share some of my stories from my time in corporate America as a Black woman and how I made it. The book titled The First, The Few, The Only, allows us to have our stories heard and to make an impact on those to come next.
In this series, I will be highlighting some of my experiences that have been featured in Chapter 8 How to Play The Game While You Change The Game, along with valuable lessons shared by Deepa. The second part, ‘Earning Power Moves — The Earn Phase’. Below is an excerpt from the book, highlighting one of my experiences while I was in the ‘Earn’ phase:
“Karen shared another career-defining story from the Earn phase of her career. At the time, she was a senior director and being considered for promotion. For two years, her reviews were good, and she was on a visible project, but she wasn’t moving to the next level. She remembers getting a call from a C-suite executive just to check in. He asked if there was anything she needed. She said she was “fine.” She remembers going home and telling her husband what happened, and he told her if she wasn’t clearer that she deserved to be promoted, she would get lost in the fray. “They will stop asking you what you want if you don’t ask for more,” he said. We need to know what we want when we are asked, because we don’t get asked often, and we need to be willing
to ask for more. After the encouragement from her husband, Karen went back to the executive who called her. She asked for more direct feed-
back on her career and made a case for why she deserved to be a VP. She got both the feedback and promotion.”
Read part 1 of the series here.
Learning Power Moves - The Learn Phase - Karen Boykin-Towns
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