What element transforms executives into best-of-class leaders? In a word: coaching.
In every arena—from sports to business—peak performers achieve superior results because they’ve gained top-notch advisers to help them maximize skills and identify blind spots, among other areas. Having such guidance is especially important for African American men in business seeking to advance their goals and tackle complex management challenges in today’s increasingly fast-paced, chaotic environment.
In fact, a 2018 Harvard Business Review article in which black men shared what it was like to be “in the gender majority, not the racial minority” revealed that while black men were able to “capitalize on shared gendered experiences to bond with white men who can serve in important roles as allies, sponsors, and mentors, they described a sense of alienation and isolation on the job.” It further stated “that fitting in with white colleagues has its limits, and from the sense that only other black men can really understand the challenges associated with being black and male in these spaces—the persistent negative stereotyping, the complicated dance of managing interactions with white women to avoid appearing threatening, the need to avoid ever being perceived as the “angry black man.”
Due to such issues and more, BLACK ENTERPRISE developed a series of intensive leadership coaching sessions at our third annual Black Men XCEL Summit, being held at the J.W. Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa from Aug. 28 – Sept. 1. These 25-minute, one-on-one only sessions are designed to help you achieve your personal and professional best while dealing with such landmines.
So what will our appointment-only consultations do for you? Given your professional situation and objectives, our coaches will undertake a Socratic approach to helping you recognize strengths and weaknesses, break you out of your “comfort zone” to develop more diverse relationships, deal with racial and gender scenarios, create processes to determine goals and desired outcomes, customize your leadership style and other matters.
So let’s meet some of the coaches we have assembled to help guide you to the next level:
Kevin Wayne Johnson
Founder, Chief Visionary and CEO, The Johnson Leadership Group L.L.C
Johnson believes “God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.” As such, developing individual and organizational operating excellence is his life’s ministry as he coaches people to live out their gifts. A renowned expert and author, he delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships and equips teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He’s an independent certified coach, teacher, and speaker with the nationally recognized John Maxwell Team. Johnson tailors learning experiences to “help maximize efficiency, growth, awareness, and effectiveness” and provides a step-by-step action plan to enable individuals to reach their aspirations as well as develop the leader within.
CEO, Bryant Consulting Group
Bryant is a diversity and inclusion strategist, author, speaker, and trainer that helps people and companies “navigate tough racial, gender, and cultural issues by equipping them with the right tools and resources to foster real, open dialogue.” Through her speeches, trainings, and one-on-one services she offers individuals the essential tools to engage in transparent conversations on racial, cultural, and diversity issues. This founder and president of a 17-year-old, award-winning change management firm has created the “Fingerprint to Blueprint” curriculum and guided major corporate and government clients in seven countries and 41 states.
Vice President, Global Core Strategies and Consulting
With more than 25 years of combined experience in human resources management, training development, and executive coaching, Harvey has enabled leaders and organizations to “be intentional about identifying and reaching their full potential.” He specializes in building professionals’ capacity to lead under pressure and connect with diverse workforces. As such, he works with clients to gain more self-awareness related to their strengths and leadership styles. Currently serving as president for his local chapter of Association of Talent Development, this certified coach makes use of the skills and insights gained from the Georgetown University International Transformational Leadership Training Program so his clients “go forward faster using less fuel.”
Dr. Latanya Hughes
Resource Global Mentor Coach
Hughes is considered an authority in global business dynamics with proven results that eliminates the words: “It can’t be done!” She has delivered “mission-critical results driven by an innate need to strategize and innovate” and developed a consistent track record of helping managers advance growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability. Her secret weapon: Directing cross-functional teams to apply interactive and motivational leadership that fosters trust and spurs people to willingly exceed their maximum effort.
Join us at the Black Men XCEL Summit as we honor the essence of today’s man of color.