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Janice Sutherland

This Woman Can with Career Coach and Life Strategist - Janice Sutherland. With content and interviews to help women over 40, create personalized career alignment paths that takes them into their next career chapter with confidence. For more information contact info@janicesutherland.com or visit https://janicesutherland.com/

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Dealing With Microaggressions As A Mid-Career Black Woman
5d ago
Dealing With Microaggressions As A Mid-Career Black Woman
There’s not one Black Woman I know who hasn’t experienced it. Those seemingly innocuous comments/actions;     “No, where are you really from?”  “You speak so well” “When did YOU qualify?” “No need to be so angry about XYZ!” “Oh I can’t pronounce that, is it ok if I just call you…..?: “We can’t let you go on that program right now, there’s far too much to do” (when your white colleague is studying away from the office every week) And the list goes on - I’m sure you can add your own.  With the transition to working in person is on and organizations are encouraging people back to the office but for some Black women, they’re feeling the stress of returning to a space that never felt safe to them.  Microaggressions are subtle forms of racial discrimination, compared to explicit forms such as racial slurs. They're often more subtle, seemingly innocuous, covert, indirect, and ambiguous but still cumulatively impactful because they can happen more frequently.  To quote one of my clients; “ Microaggressions are heavy. People think just outright racism is the heaviest, but microaggressions are heavier because it's like the undercurrent that you can't quite put your finger on but you know it ain’t feeling right” With the intersection of their marginalized identities of race, gender and age, mid-career Black women are particularly vulnerable to negative stereotypes that create barriers to career advancement. So how do you navigate the microaggression minefield and minimize the impact on your career?  My guest Rebbecca Hemmings - Founder and Director of Strawberry Words Training and Development Company and I, discuss how to navigate microaggressions at work without impacting your career.  The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 9th August 2022 12pm EST where I'll be hosting Julie Turney Founder & CEO HR@Heart Consulting Inc. and  Heneka Watkis-Porter Podcast Coach & Producer/Author at  The Entrepreneurial You  - on the topic of Burnout in Black Women It'll be a great and engaging conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. if you prefer to listen to our discussion, subscribe to the This Woman Can on your favourite podcast platform.  _____________________________________ Sign up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Dealing With Microaggressions As A Mid-Career Black Woman
5d ago
Dealing With Microaggressions As A Mid-Career Black Woman
There’s not one Black Woman I know who hasn’t experienced it. Those seemingly innocuous comments/actions;     “No, where are you really from?”  “You speak so well” “When did YOU qualify?” “No need to be so angry about XYZ!” “Oh I can’t pronounce that, is it ok if I just call you…..?: “We can’t let you go on that program right now, there’s far too much to do” (when your white colleague is studying away from the office every week) And the list goes on - I’m sure you can add your own.  With the transition to working in person is on and organizations are encouraging people back to the office but for some Black women, they’re feeling the stress of returning to a space that never felt safe to them.  Microaggressions are subtle forms of racial discrimination, compared to explicit forms such as racial slurs. They're often more subtle, seemingly innocuous, covert, indirect, and ambiguous but still cumulatively impactful because they can happen more frequently.  To quote one of my clients; “ Microaggressions are heavy. People think just outright racism is the heaviest, but microaggressions are heavier because it's like the undercurrent that you can't quite put your finger on but you know it ain’t feeling right” With the intersection of their marginalized identities of race, gender and age, mid-career Black women are particularly vulnerable to negative stereotypes that create barriers to career advancement. So how do you navigate the microaggression minefield and minimize the impact on your career?  My guest Rebbecca Hemmings - Founder and Director of Strawberry Words Training and Development Company and I, discuss how to navigate microaggressions at work without impacting your career.  The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 9th August 2022 12pm EST where I'll be hosting Julie Turney Founder & CEO HR@Heart Consulting Inc. and  Heneka Watkis-Porter Podcast Coach & Producer/Author at  The Entrepreneurial You  - on the topic of Burnout in Black Women It'll be a great and engaging conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. if you prefer to listen to our discussion, subscribe to the This Woman Can on your favourite podcast platform.  _____________________________________ Sign up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Don’t Be Afraid To Step Out On The Deep End - Teri McClanahan
22-07-2022
Don’t Be Afraid To Step Out On The Deep End - Teri McClanahan
If resiliency were a person it would be called Teri McClanahan.  From surviving cancer, brain surgery, homelessness and overcoming sexism and ageism in her career Teri McClanahan has had an eventful life. Currently engaged as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at The Salvation Army, Del Oro Division. It is her role to secure funding from foundations and corporations for the division. Now at the age when most women would be on their way to retirement Teri has just completed seminary school as she embarks on yet another exciting life chapter. We discuss; - Her attitude to aging - What she has learnt from failure - Ignoring the signs that pointed to her seminary journey  - Being unafraid to change paths - The importance of listening to your mentors  And more..... CONNECT WITH TERI:   Facebook: The This Woman Community - An online community membership for Black women fully embracing the next chapter, with the intent of creating a fresh approach to our 40s, 50s and beyond.  Providing  a safe space for Black women to discuss the career issues and challenges unique to us, helping them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.   up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Escaping Your Career Comfort Zone
15-07-2022
Escaping Your Career Comfort Zone
I speak with mid-career Black female professionals every day about what they want, and what they don't want, and most are doing something they no longer want to do, but they're doing it anyway. 'Why?' They're trapped in their comfort zone. This is when the comfort of the situation outweighs your desire to go after what you really want, even though you're not satisfied with your current career or job. It can go on for years and years and no matter what's presented to you, or how uninspiring your current situation is, you can always find a reason why you can't change. So, how do you know if you're locked in your career comfort zone and more importantly how do you get out? ---------------------------------------------------------- Join The This Woman Community - An online community membership for Black women fully embracing the next chapter, with the intent of creating a fresh approach to our 40s, 50s and beyond.  Providing  a safe space for Black women to discuss the career issues and challenges unique to us, helping them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.   up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #midcareer, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Staying Recruitable When You’re Over 50
08-07-2022
Staying Recruitable When You’re Over 50
In this edition of Black, Female and Over 50 - The Power Trifecta we discuss the importance of understanding your triple minority status in the recruitment world as a necessary part of navigating the recruitment field. Especially as over the next 20 year's the 60+ generation will grow by 40% and within just 2 years one in two of the workforce will be over 50. The pandemic has been especially hard on older employees seeking to reclaim jobs lost in the early days of lockdowns. Many say they fear that the workplace upheaval brought on by Covid-19 has reinforced some bosses’ belief that professionals in their 50s and beyond are less inclined to return to offices or adapt to new ways of working. With the Great Resignation being a concern for organizations, they're now turned on to the idea of employing "older" workers but there's a looming dichotomy within the methods and processes of recruitment which can oft be alienating for Black Women in the recruitment process. In this conversation we discuss how to navigate the employment process in a post pandemic and AI driven world. Guest panelists were Brucine Francis a Recruitment Director with over 20 years experience in the recruitment agency field and Daisy Wright - Founder & CEO of The Wright Career Solution who for over 15 years has coached numerous executives, managers and mid-career professionals to attaining new roles . The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 12th July 2022 12pm EST where I'll be hosting Rebbecca Hemmings,  award-winning Founder and Director of Strawberry Words Training and Development Company - on the topic of  Dealing With Microaggressions as Mid-Career Black Woman It'll be a great and engaging conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. if you prefer to listen to our discussion, subscribe to the This Woman Can on your favourite podcast platform.  ---------------------------------------------------------- Join The This Woman Community - An online community membership for Black women fully embracing the next chapter, with the intent of creating a fresh approach to our 40s, 50s and beyond.  Providing  a safe space for Black women to discuss the career issues and challenges unique to us, helping them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.   up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Pushing Past Your Push - Robin Tillotson
17-06-2022
Pushing Past Your Push - Robin Tillotson
Robin Tillotson has a wealth of experience in the arenas of advertising, public relations, human resources, training and gerontology.   An avid traveler and purveyor of culture, Robin has travelled to China, Northern Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States.  She turned her passion for travel into a business - This I Do For Me - an organization focused on exposing Women over 50 to international travel enabling their personal development and growth.  For which she has received a number of awards and accolades, along with having her business featured in The Chicago Tribune and Travel Noire   We discuss; - How others can often see the skills you possess that you can't - How today's women over 50 don't fit the image portrayed in the media  - Why you need to open to explore new career vistas - Why "pushing past you push" is imperative for overcoming your fears.    CONNECT WITH ROBIN:   Website: robintillotson46@gmail.com Instagram: LINKS:   My interview on Robin's podcast: The This Woman Community - An online community membership for Black women fully embracing the next chapter, with the intent of creating a fresh approach to our 40s, 50s and beyond.  Providing  a safe space for Black women to discuss the career issues and challenges unique to us, helping them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.   up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Priortizing Your Mental Wellbeing For A Marvelous Midlife
10-06-2022
Priortizing Your Mental Wellbeing For A Marvelous Midlife
It's another installment of Black, Female and Over 50 - The Power Trifecta where Gillian Wells, MSW and I discuss Prioritizing Your Mental Wellbeing for a Marvellous Midlife,: Quite often the importance of mental health for Black women of the Generation Jones and Generation X age is overlooked - they've been raised to be strong and stoic. Women of these generations have been so busy taking care of everyone else — their careers, their partners, their elderly parents and their children — that they don’t take care of themselves.  Now they've had the chance to rethink their options, question whether there can be more to life.  They have options their mothers before them never had  A chance to do things their own way and of which can unknowingly impact their mental wellbeing.   Join Gillian Wells, MSW and I, as we discuss; - The power of Oprah and Gale time. - The "privilege" Black women are now afforded (even though we may not recognize it) - How a constant life of "busyness" has led to Black women not dealing with their lived trauma experiences and how that can impact their careers. - Practical strategies to promote healthy mental wellbeing so you can live a marvelous midlife.  The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 12th June 2022 where I'll be hosting award-winning executive career coach Daisy Wright and Recruitment Director Brucine Francis - on the topic of  Staying Recruitable In Your 50s  It'll be a great and engaging conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. if you prefer to watch to our discussion, subscribe to the This Woman Can YouTube Channel  The This Woman Community - An online community membership for Black women fully embracing the next chapter, with the intent of creating a fresh approach to our 40s, 50s and beyond.  Providing  a safe space for Black women to discuss the career issues and challenges unique to us, helping them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.   up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Be Clear on Your Values & Non-negotiables - Sharon Ehrlich
13-05-2022
Be Clear on Your Values & Non-negotiables - Sharon Ehrlich
Sharon Ehrlich (pronounced ERR-LICK) is a Bronx raised Afro-Latina and proud native New Yorker.  Her business career started in the health care industry where she spent nearly a decade as a hospital administrator in both public and private hospitals in New York City.   A love story led to her permanently relocating Austria where she quickly came to the realization that her MBA and previous professional experience was nearly useless in her search for employment owing to her not being able to speak German. After a brief stint as an English teacher, she pursued a temporary position at IBM Austria which evolved into a 13-year career where she advanced through the ranks in a variety of roles, leading both physical and virtual teams throughout Europe, Turkey, and Russia.   Sharon is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. She completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University to gain a research based understanding of the impact of DEI&B on performance and organizational culture.   She shared; - Harnessing all of your transferable skills  - The importance of being clear of your career values and non-   negotiables - The power of utilizing a coach when you need support navigating your    career change - Being clear on your rationale for career change - Career success as part of the sandwich generation.  CONNECT WITH SHARON:   LinkedIn: up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #midcareer, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #midcareer #careerpivot
Is What I Wear Really Any Of Your Business?
06-05-2022
Is What I Wear Really Any Of Your Business?
It's another installment of Black, Female and Over 50 - The (UnderValued) Power Trifecta When you reach an age - (50+), you can guarantee that someone has an opinion about how you should be conducting yourself as a mature woman. And when it comes to how we dress, the opinions really fly! "What age does she think she is?" "She trying to act young" "She mutton dressed as lamb" "Why can’t she dress her age?" As women age they face a particular societal code that determines what is deemed "appropriate" to wear, which can lead to a fear of expressing oneself authentically, becoming almost invisible as to not risk ridicule or rejection from society. But how do those biases translate to the working world and women's careers? Join Personal stylist @Renee Lindo and I as we discuss: - How important a role does appearance play for career women over 50? - Who makes the rules about what not to wear past 50? - Should women "disguise" their age? - How does the way women feel about their dress impact their confidence? - How can women dress to accommodate the physical impact of menopause at work. The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 12th May2022 where I'll be hosting Registered Social Worker - Gillian Wells the topic of managing your mental health when you're a Black women over 50 - "Priortising Your Mental Wellness for a Marvellous Midlife"  It'll be a great and engaging conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. if you prefer to listen to our discussion, subscribe to the This Woman Can on your favourite podcast platform.  ---------------------------------------------------------- Sign up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Everyone Needs An Exit Plan - Letha Charles
29-04-2022
Everyone Needs An Exit Plan - Letha Charles
What do you do when the career goal posts keep moving? Play on your own field!!  Letha Charles is a Chartered Management Accountant and a licenced CIMA Member in Practice (MiP) who runs her own accountancy practice providing virtual tax and accounting services to growing and scaling business serving their communities. Letha, who’s experience spans two decades, has a wealth of experience in senior finance executive roles, having worked with several of UK’s leading brands, helping the Board and their Directors grow profits for their shareholders. I've known Letha for almost 30 years which is probably why her level of candor and transparency shone through in our interview.  She shared; - Her frustrations of being overlooked for C-level positions and how the            goal posts to access kept shifting.   - Watching her less experienced peers move past her in the career stakes       with lesser demands.  - How her own negative internal dialogue coupled with being constantly       told she "wasn't ready" by her employer led to her doubting her own    abilities.    - The part motherhood guilt played in her career progress.  - Turning those frustrations into a successful business partnership with    her daughter, creating a culture addressing both the needs of her clients,    employees and herself.    CONNECT WITH LETHA:   Website: up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #midcareer, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Black, Female and 50 - The (UnderVauled) Power Trifecta
08-04-2022
Black, Female and 50 - The (UnderVauled) Power Trifecta
Think of the three most common "isms"! - Racism - Sexism - Ageism Then imagine that you're at the intersection of all 3! This is the plight of being Black, Female and 50 and I had the pleasure of hosting a fabulous panel of women to discuss what it means to be part of the #powertrifecta. As well as highlighting the challenges, we explored; - Navigating careers and society as a mature black woman. - Whether attitudes to black women over 50 have changed? - Their biggest career challenges. - How Black and White women over 50 are viewed/treated? - The value black women over 50 bring to the table? Plus, how the world views this demographic and how organizations can support and get the most out of them. The next LinkedIn live is scheduled 12th April 2022 where I'll be hosting personal stylist Renee Lindo on the topic of the impact of appearance and dress for women over 50 - "Is it really your business what I wear?"  It'll be a lively and enlightening conversation so make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn to join us, submit your questions and have your voices heard. And if you want to watch the video of our discussion, head over and subscribe to the This Woman Can YouTube channel to do so and more.  ---------------------------------------------------------- Sign up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot
Overcoming Student Debt in Your 40’s and Beyond - Briana Franklin
25-03-2022
Overcoming Student Debt in Your 40’s and Beyond - Briana Franklin
If you thought that student debt was exclusive to those under 40, you'd be sadly mistaken.  Statistics show that Black women have been obtaining degrees at a consistently high rate for the last eight years and counting. Black women are and continue to be some of the most educated and qualified , working on the premise that they have to work twice as hard to be recognized at work or how I was raised - be 10X better than our Caucasian counterparts.  And when it comes to changing careers, one of the first thoughts women have is that they need further qualifications, often at a considerable financial commitment attached on top of the debt usually already accrued Briana  "Bri"  Franklin Founder, President & CEO of The Prosp(a)rity Project She is a businesswoman, philanthropist and student debt expert/thought  leader with a passion for socioeconomic and holistic empowerment of  Black girls and women. Having taken on a financial burden that eventually ballooned to nearly $120K in student debt through her undergraduate studies, Bri developed an acute appreciation for the challenges many student debt holders experience, including diminished ability to establish financial independence, take advantage of personal freedoms, such as starting a family/homebuying, launch business ventures as well as creditworthiness. In recognizing the extent to which other Black women in particular experience adversity at the hands of the $1.7T student debt crisis as well as lack of financial literacy, she formed The Prosp(a)rity Project as a solution for eradicating these systemic barriers.  The annual 35*2 Free Financial Empowerment Conference takes place Thursday 19th May, an event is devoted to drawing further attention to the $35B in student debt & 35% financial literacy rate that put Black women at a sharp socioeconomic disadvantage. The event is packed with panels, keynotes, and activities centered around cultivating financial literacy for Black Women at levels - from college graduates to seasoned professionals.  CONNECT WITH BRIANA:   Website: Free Financial Empowerment Conference Tickets: up for my weekly newsletter to receive information and advice for the Woman of Color who wants more from their career     ME ON: Official Website | | | | Channel | Sutherland helps frustrated, #mid-career, professional women of color re-align their careers while staying true to their values and personal and professional priorities.  #thiswomancan #careertransition #careerpivot