Last week, Marcom Weekly announced its inaugural list of 28 Powerful Black Leaders in Marketing and Media. These leaders represent extraordinary achievers who excel in their profession against all odds and also find ways to contribute back to people of color in substantive ways.
Marcom Weekly reviewed dozens and dozens of material across the Internet to find inspiring quotes from 11 of the women named among the 28 Powerful Black Leaders in Marketing and Media.
“When I was a child, I knew I was different, but different wasn’t cool so I tried to fit in. That was the worst decision of my life. As I got to know myself more, I realized I’m very different and I LOVE IT!” (Creative Thoughts Solutions)
“When I speak of the position that I’m in (as a black woman in a high profile position), I understand what it’s like to work very hard to demand that level of respect. I worked my way from the bottom-up to demand that.” (BSN)
“Often you are ‘The Only’ (woman or African American) at the table. You have to feel comfortable using that position from a position of power; not from a position of lack. When you operate from a power vantage point, you can indeed create change.” (Forbes)
“Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” (The 1619 Project’s lead essay)
“If there is a common thread I have found in every successful person, it’s their ability to own who they are and their journey.” (Coauthor of your Great Destiny)
“I’ve learned that everyone’s protest is going to look different,” she said. “For some, it might be writing a check. For others, it might be taking to the streets or advocating for diversity within your company. For me, I recognize that marketing and communications are my protest.” (Adweek)
“I don’t subscribe to fear and would never want to generate that on my team. If I had to pick a word, it would be respect, and I would choose that over being loved. As a leader, you’re going to make decisions that people aren’t always going to love, but if they respect you and you’re transparent, then they’ll recognize that your intent is right.” (The Undefeated)
“We can’t wait for everyone to grow up in business to make changes.” (Provoked Media)
“Protest is, at its core, designed to move policy.” (Quoteish)
Bozoma St. John
“Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.” (2019 Global Leadership Summit)
“Multiple generations have come of age where they no longer accept non-discrimination and non-racism. It’s moved to anti-discrimination and anti-racism. Some people still struggle with ‘why now?’ and why this moment?’ I say why not then and why not now?” (AdAge)