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Webcast: February 2010

Socio-Cultural Realities of Leadership: Perspectives from African American Women Leaders



Marilyn Byrd, Christine Stanley and Sue Lynham



This webcast accompanies Issue 11(5) of Advances in Developing Human Resources. The Issue brings to light the limited research in the field of HRD that addresses the everyday lived experiences and socio-cultural realities (race, gender, and social class) that African American women encounter while holding positions of authority in predominantly white organizations. The concept of intersectionality (the juncture of race, gender, and social class) is introduced to discourse in HRD and is a common thread throughout the articles that are presented. The overarching theme of the Issue is the need for more socio-cultural theories that address intersectionality in the leadership experience of African American women. In this webcast, the Editor-in-chief, Sue Lynham, and the Issue Editors, Marilyn Y. Byrd, and Christine A. Stanley, will engage in conversation about the significance of this topic to the field of HRD. Engaging in conversation on socio-cultural realties is necessary because the field has yet to envision the systematic study of theories that recognize the multiple realities that define individual experience at the intersection of race, gender, and social class in achieving the goal of learning and performance.


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