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Spotlight on Kristen Lampkin


Q: How has your identity as a woman of color influenced your career journey and leadership style, and what advice would you offer to other women of color navigating similar paths?
A: As a woman of color, my journey in the professional world has been shaped by a unique set of experiences and challenges. From navigating microaggressions to breaking through the glass ceiling, my identity has played a significant role in shaping my career trajectory and leadership style. Throughout my career, I have encountered numerous instances of unconscious bias and discrimination. However, instead of letting them discourage me, I have used them as learning opportunities to enhance my leadership style.



My experiences have taught me the importance of empathy, inclusivity, and diversity in the workplace. I strongly believe that a diverse team brings different perspectives and ideas to the table, leading to better decision-making and innovation.

My identity as a woman of color has also influenced my leadership style. I have always believed in leading by example and empowering others to reach their full potential. I strive to create a supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone feels valued and heard. I am a firm believer in the power of mentorship and have made it a priority to mentor and support other women of color in their professional journeys.

To other women of color in the workplace, I would offer the following advice:

1. Embrace your uniqueness: Your identity as a woman of color is a strength, not a weakness. Embrace your unique perspective and use it to your advantage.
2. Find a support system: Surround yourself with other women of color who can relate to your experiences and provide support and guidance.
3. Keep learning and growing: Continuous learning is essential for personal and professional growth. Invest in yourself and never stop learning.

Q: Why do you find it significant to serve as a mentor for women of color?
A: I firmly believe that representation matters, and women of color need to see themselves in leadership positions and have role models who have paved the way for them. As a mentor, I strive to be that role model and provide guidance, support, and encouragement to women of color who are navigating their careers. I want to be a source of inspiration and motivation for them to chase their dreams and reach their full potential.

In addition to representation, I also recognize the unique challenges that women of color face in the workplace, and I am committed to using my experiences and knowledge to empower other women of color and help them navigate these challenges with confidence. Being a mentor for women of color is also significant to me because it allows me to give back to my community and contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce. #empoweredwomenempowerwomen