Career and Professional Development Resources for FBEC Members
Career and Professional Development Resources for FBEC Members and the BIPOC Community
On January 30, 2018, the Prime Minister of Canada acknowledged national support for the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent, identifying for the first time the prevalence of anti-Black racism in Canadian society and identifying Black Canadians as a distinct group. The Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) was established in response to a need expressed by Black federal public servants within the context of the public service renewal. To learn more about FBEC or to join, please contact them directly at http://fbec-cefn.ca/.
Other Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) people will also benefit from reading these materials and/or receiving training or professional development/coaching to improve their career trajectories. Public servants can use their annual Training or Professional Development budget for this coaching. Please contact me by phone or email for details. Similarly, people who want to learn more about diversity and inclusion, from the perspective of a person of colour will find these resources valuable.
Articles that Address Themes Discussed During January 23, 2019, FBEC Symposium
From Dr. Helen’s Career Management & HR Blog
- Coded Language and Dog Whistle Expressions
- Corporate Psychopaths
- Values and Organizational Climate
- The Queen Bee Syndrome (female bullies)
- The Glass Cliff (more dangerous than the glass ceiling)
- “Covering” at Work (inclusion and corporate culture)
- The Differences Between Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Life Coaches
- The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder Than It Looks …
- Feel Like an Impostor? Maybe You’re Just an Outlier …
- Hiring for Best Fit, Without Bias
Other Relevant Resources
- One is the Loneliest Number (January 2019, McKinsey & Company)
- ‘I didn’t want to be ridiculed’: The emotional toll of microaggressions at work (Out in the Open, CBC Radio)
- The value of working with a therapist or advisor of colour (Teen Vogue)
- Canadian People of Colour Carry an “Emotional Tax” at Work (Tara Deschamps, July 2019)
- Deloitte’s 2019 State of Inclusion Study of Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias (July 2019)
- What To Do When White Women Aren’t Allies At Work (MaryAnn Reid, Aug 2019)
- Black Women Less Likely to be Promoted, Receive Recognition for Accomplishments (McKinsey & Co./LeanIn, Aug 2019)
- The damaging psychological impact of constantly having to explain racism
- After 400 years of racism, Black Mental Health Day is way overdue
- Anti-racism resources curated by the Institute of Communication Agencies (the not-for-profit association for Canadian advertising, marketing, media and public relations agencies)
- This is What Racial Trauma Does to the Body and Brain (July 1, 2020)
- Why imposter syndrome hits women and women of colour harder (July 2020)
- Racism at My Job Literally Gave Me PTSD (Aug. 2020)
- Beyond Burnout (Black Women on Burnout; Aug. 2020)
- Racism’s Effects on Black Mental Health
Please note – there’s another page on this website dedicated to anti-racism resources
In 2019 I published two free eBooks designed to help people manage their own careers more effectively:
- The Smart Playbook for Young Professionals: How to Build a Successful Career (34 pages) is geared toward people in the earlier stages of their career and it can be downloaded for free.
- The second eBook Ready for the Big Leagues? How to Reach the Next Level in Your Career (47 pages) is more appropriate for people with 10+ years of work experience and who are determined to get ahead. It’s also available for free download.
I offer Career Coaching and Leadership/Executive Assessments and related coaching. Often this is the missing link that’s preventing people from successfully transitioning into leadership roles. I am eligible for ProServices contracts and I’m well-positioned to work with members of the visible minority communities (and others who will benefit from a better understanding of these communities). Public servants can use their annual Training or Professional Development budget for this coaching. Please contact me for details.
Need help dealing with a delicate or high-stakes HR or career issue? I invite you to contact me privately by phone (613-424-8689 or 1-888-878-8861), email, or via direct message on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
In some situations, when you don’t need a full hour, especially when it’s urgent, career coaching/mentoring-by-the-minute via the Magnifi app is a very practical option. The first 15-minute voice or video call is free. This is a great way to ask questions about a specific issue or problem. The app is free to download in the App Store/Google Play Store so that you can reach out in real-time, including some evenings and weekends.
More than career coaching, it’s career psychology®.
I/O Advisory Services – Building Resilient Careers and Organizations.