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Episode 1: How It Started and How It's Going

Updated: May 19, 2022

About this Episode

When asked about being a Black career and business woman in an interview, Oprah Winfrey responded: “There’s a wonderful phrase by Maya Angelou from a poem that she wrote called Our Grandmothers where she says ‘I come as one, but I stand is 10,000.’ When I walk into a room, and particularly before I have something really challenging to do or I’m going to be in a circumstance where I feel I’m going to be up against some difficulties, I will literally sit and I will call on that 10,000. I will call on the ancestors. I will call on those people who have come before me. I will call on the women who have forged the path…because I know that my being where I am and who I am didn’t come just out of myself. That I come from heritage, and so I own that and I step into that room not just as myself but I bring all of that energy with me.”

These powerful words and the rich energy of our collective being serve as the inspiration behind this new podcast. The I Come As One podcast is a convergence of all things Black women, with an emphasis on sharing and healing from our experiences in the workplace. Created and co-hosted by a talented trio of scholar-practitioners who recognized the need for powerful conversations, this space is designed to not only empower and inspire, but also provide information and resources to promote positive change.

Podcast co-hosts sitting and talking.
From left to right: Fatimah, Shawn, Khristen

In this inaugural episode, Fatimah, Khristen, and Shawn describe their journey of meeting at a professional conference, forging a partnership with a purpose, and committing to serve as champions for Black women through community, culture, and advocacy. You’ll feel like you’re sitting next to them for an easy conversation about their lived experiences, what they’re excited about, and what you can expect this season!

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As mentioned in this episode…

· Black feminist thought – Patricia Hill Collins


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