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Breaking Down Barriers: Disparities Faced by People of Color in Advancing Within Organizations

by: Wienona

Reading time: 2 minutes

In the pursuit of workplace diversity and inclusion, it is crucial to address the persisting disparities that people of color encounter in advancing within organizations. A comprehensive report titled “Race in the Workplace: The Frontline Experience,” published by McKinsey & Company, sheds light on the challenges and barriers faced by individuals from diverse racial backgrounds. This blog aims to delve into the insights provided by the McKinsey report, highlighting the factors contributing to the advancement gap and exploring strategies to create a more equitable and inclusive corporate landscape.

Understanding the Advancement Gap

While strides have been made towards achieving greater workplace diversity, the advancement gap experienced by people of color remains a pressing issue. The McKinsey report reveals that despite initiatives to promote diversity, individuals from diverse racial backgrounds continue to lag behind their peers in terms of career progression, representation in leadership roles, and access to opportunities.

Root Causes of Disparities

The McKinsey report identifies several interconnected factors that contribute to the advancement gap for people of color:

  1. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: Unconscious biases and microaggressions can hinder the advancement of people of color. These subtle, often unintentional acts of discrimination can affect everything from performance evaluations to opportunities for leadership roles.


  1. Lack of Representation: Limited representation of people of color in leadership positions can create a lack of role models and mentors, impacting career growth and access to networks that aid in advancement.


  1. Stereotyping and Cultural Misunderstanding: Stereotypes and cultural misunderstandings can result in misjudgments of an individual’s abilities, potential, or fit within the organization.


  1. Unequal Access to Opportunities: Unequal access to high-visibility projects, training, and development programs can hinder the growth of people of color within the organization.


  1. Barriers to Networking: Networking plays a crucial role in career advancement. However, people of color may face barriers in building relationships and connections that facilitate professional growth.


Addressing the Advancement Gap

To create a more equitable workplace, organizations can implement several strategies:

  1. Bias Awareness and Training: Conducting bias awareness training and workshops can help employees recognize and address their unconscious biases, promoting fair treatment and opportunities for all.


  1. Diverse Leadership Pipeline: Organizations should actively cultivate a diverse leadership pipeline through targeted recruitment, mentorship programs, and sponsorship opportunities.


  1. Inclusive Leadership Development: Inclusive leadership development programs can help people of color build the skills and confidence necessary for advancement.


  1. Transparent Performance Evaluation: Ensuring transparency in performance evaluation processes can help mitigate biases and ensure that employees are evaluated based on merit.


  1. Mentorship and Sponsorship Programs: Establishing mentorship and sponsorship programs can provide people of color with guidance, support, and advocacy for career growth.


  1. Representation and Visibility: Actively promoting the representation of people of color in leadership roles can serve as an inspiration and pave the way for others.


The McKinsey report “Race in the Workplace: The Frontline Experience” highlights the critical need to address the advancement gap faced by people of color within organizations. By acknowledging the root causes of disparities and implementing targeted strategies, organizations can create a more inclusive environment where all individuals have an equal opportunity to thrive and advance in their careers. As we continue to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is imperative that organizations take deliberate and proactive steps to break down barriers and create pathways for success for people of color in the workplace.

Link to McKinsey report 

by: Wienona

Reading time: 2 minutes



Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Rise of Female Leadership in the Corporate World

Decoding three generations of representation

Elevate Your Career: Mastering Personal Branding for Professional Success

Hi! We are Team A Cup of Ambition, an all-female speakers Agency and Academy.

We make sure women take the stage with more ease, comfort and speak up. With the result that what we hear or see is a reflection on the society we live in. Our mission? MORE WOMEN ON STAGE.    

We have the honor to represent almost 50 speakers and moderators, including Shenin Lebrun (so proud) They are all very talented and bring a lot of inspiration, a unique story and professionalism to the stage. We are there as the match makers and the booking agency for each speaking gig.  

3 tips to own your next presentation! During our Academy we train ambitious and inspirational women to be a confident speaker on and off stage by bringing a powerful story. We always connect the personal & theoretical stories together to create the uniqueness of the speaker. But there are lots of tips that apply to everyone, we call it ”the basics”. In this message we share three tips, to rock your online presentations. 

  1. Set up for success. Good preparation is half the battle here too. And in this case, we mean the practical preparation. 
  2. Create interaction. A poll, asking for responses in the chat, a small energizer: these are all ways to seek interaction.
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The feeling of success among our members translates into a better sense of self. Of course, a cosmetic change affects how you feel. But a healthy self-image has much more influence on how you perform and present yourself in the workplace. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you convince others to? The rationale behind why you want something and what your ultimate goal is paints an interesting journey for you. I’m here to walk the path together with a backpack full of guidance. It remains your story.

My answer to what a healthy lifestyle can mean for your career describes a comprehensive picture with a start between your ears. A program to change you cosmetically, make you feel fitter, or run faster can be written by multiple trainers for you. There are many good trainers in Amsterdam. I even have a few favorites that I follow. I just don’t believe that starting from the outside in is the right order. Love yourself first. Help yourself. Explore yourself. Heal yourself. Make the necessary changes, make the right decisions, do what suits you, and move in your power because of it.

As a fitness and health profession I focus on changing lives or rather lifestyles through sports and fitness.

The aim is to assist you in becoming the best healthy version of yourself.  Physically and mentally! I practice my work in every location. I believe we can train and get fit anywhere. From the great outdoors to, school gyms and or private corporate office gyms.

3 valuable health tips 
– Stay active. Start by moving a little more each day, once you’ve got that under control. Start training as if a gold medal is on the line. 
– Make the time to rest. Get those 6-8 hours sleep. Power napes help!
– Have balanced and nutritious meals.

I live by the following: 
Always progressing 
Train for today and tomorrow.

The Extra Mile: The workplace of Hustle & Heart Consultancy

At The Extra Mile (TEM), we have created an ecosystem where like-minded entrepreneurs of all walks of life can benefit from the synergy that arises when people go ‘the Extra Mile’ for their community.

We connect the entrepreneurs of today with the stars of tomorrow by working close with Schools and universities. 

It’s the Goal of the founding partners to uplift the SOUTHEAST area of Amsterdam to higher levels by inspiring people to work together and creating the platform for all of this.

Originally a banker, then transitioned to consultancy when I moved to the UAE.

Today in my role as a strategist and consultant, I’ve had the privilege of helping many companies scale into successful global businesses. We take a unique approach, —one that prioritizes inclusive innovation, mindful product development, and sustainable growth. My mission is to guide established and fast-growing companies towards a more holistic perspective on success. 

My three tips for a thriving life:

  • Embrace Your Authenticity
    Your uniqueness is your greatest asset. Don’t shy away from it; let it shine through in everything you do. Authenticity breeds connection and trust, essential ingredients for both personal and professional success.
  • Pursue Your Passion with Purpose
    Identify what sets your soul on fire and pursue it relentlessly. However, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Ensure that your passion aligns with a greater purpose—one that brings meaning not only to your life but also to the lives of others.
  • Believe in the Power of Possibility
    Remember, nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. Cultivate a mindset of optimism and resilience. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation. With determination and perseverance, you can overcome any obstacle on your path to success.

Through one-on-one conversations, masterclasses
and 360-degree feedback

my executive leadership coaching services and focused programs are designed to guide you build your effectiveness as a leader and reach your professional and organizational goals.

The tailormade training- and coaching programs are to strategize and practice behaviors to increase leadership effectiveness and professional satisfaction.

4 relevant leadership lessons for leaders of the future:

  1. Make time for introspection 
  2. Be brave everyday
  3. Listening instead of talking
  4. Don’t let anything hold you back

Being a business mentor is different from being a coach.

As a mentor it is important that you can serve your client by providing guidance, experience and wisdom gained by your own experience. The goal is to offer insights into navigating challenges making strategic decisions and developing professionally. 

Each phase of the business comes with challenges and opportunities. It is my job to help my mentee to overcome these challenges and seize the opportunities.

My tips for every business owner

  • Serve wholeheartedly and the money will follow.
  • Add value.
  • Have a strategic plan.
  • Hire a mentor that’s been through every phase. 
  • Anticipate instead of reactions.
  • Know your numbers.
  • Know your why‼️
  • And remember You are the engine and the beating ❤️ or your organization. So, make sure you work on yourself and nourish yourself.

My best 3 Game changers to stay vital and successful are:

  • Kickstart everyday with two glasses of water – hydration is key to keep your energy levels up and flushing out those toxins. First win of the day!
  • Identify your personal ‘energy peak’ moments and structure your day around it, as much as you can, including slow down time and mindful meals.
  • Treat working out and moving your body as two separate activities. Mix them up, play around with what works best for you. All about staying active and feeling great!