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How One Woman Is Leveling the Playing Field for Black Small Businesses

For Angelina Darrisaw, every month is Black Business Month – not just August.

Darrisaw is the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach, a firm that offers professional development and coaching programs for working professionals and small business leaders. The firm grew out of Darrisaw’s desire to make professional development and coaching more accessible for people of color.“We need to level the playing field for us to cope and thrive in workspaces that weren’t designed for us,” Darrisaw says.

C-Suite Coach has staffed coaches and provided training programs for Major League Baseball, New York University’s Veteran Lab Accelerator, Zendesk, Oscar Health, Year Up job training program, and many others. One of Darrisaw’s most notable clients is Google, with contracts ranging from supplier diversity consulting, content design for racial equity programs and servicing Black and Latinx small businesses by supporting Google’s efforts in bridging the digital divide through tactical digital skills training. As a part of this work, C-Suite Coach staffs and manages 20 coaches who have offered free coaching and resources to over 100,000 US-based Black and Latinx small businesses through more than 1500 programs across the US since 2018.

Excerpt From: HerMoney's "How One Woman Is Leveling the Playing Field for Black Small Businesses" by Javacia Harris Bowser


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