Founder | Leading Women Defined
Debra Lee served as CEO of Black Entertainment Television Networks from 2005-2018. Her 30+ year tenure at BET also included roles as General Counsel and COO. She is also the founder of Leading Women Defined and the co-founder of Monarch Collective—both organizations wholly dedicated to mentoring, supporting, and empowering both women and the BIPOC community at large. The proud mother of two, she resides in Los Angeles.
Overview: Black women know firsthand the energy and toll it takes to navigate workplace toxicity, bias, and systemic inequities. Even when Black women achieve the pinnacle of traditionally defined “success,” we are still not thriving. This workshop will teach its participants how to establish psychological safety and belonging in organizations that are not necessarily designed to support Black women. The session will also offer proven strategies and practical tips on how to use your personal power and leadership abilities to influence culture shifts around equity in compensation, performance, and access to support/resources that will help advance their careers.
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