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Black Women In Business April’s Leadership Conversation: “The Only One”


How often have you been the only one or one of very few Black women in the room, in your industry or in the executive ranks?  It can be daunting for even the most seasoned and qualified professional.  How do you handle it?

Join us for this roundtable discussion with a panel of women who are in male-dominated fields and/or leaders in companies and organizations. They will share their stories and strategies for using their voices, overcoming insecurities, dealing with overt and implicit bias.  As always, it’s your time to share your own stories, struggles, strategies and solutions.

We’re talking about issues such as:

  • Finding your voice
  • Overcoming insecurity, even when you KNOW that you’re extremely qualified
  • Finding and using your village of support
  • Managing the relationships without losing yourself (or the sale or promotion)
  • Handling subtle or overt slights
  • And more!
Andora Gandy

Our Panelists:

Andora Gandy, CEO of RepeatIt Excellence.

Above all, Andora Gandy is committed to giving people the tools, resources, and support they need to meet and exceed their personal and professional development goals. She founded RepeatIT Excellence, LLC with that dream in mind, and is proud to put her skills and expertise to work to achieve it. With 20 years of experience in sales, sales management, training, and leadership development, Andora’s primary focus areas are sales and leadership development.

Irisha Johnson, Co-Founder, Triangle Regulatory Publishing.  With over 15 years of professional experience in regulatory environments, Irisha has been on the front lines of the ever changing regulatory landscape of Covance Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, and Gilead Sciences.  Transitioning to a Regulatory Submissions Publisher at the onset of FDA’s electronic initiative, Irisha is a subject matter expert in the field of electronic submissions. She has managed the publishing and successful submissions of various types of US and Canadian submissions, including NDA’s, INDs, CTAs, sNDA’s, and sNDS’s with a specialization in Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls. She has helped to implement electronic processes within her organizations and transitioned over 100 applications from paper to electronic with regulatory authorities.

About Black Women In Business

This group caters to the professional development needs of Black women lea

ders-those who work in corporations and nonprofits and those who are entrepreneurs. It is designed to bring together like-minded women who inspire, encourage and compassionately challenge each other to achieve their goals.

Ingrid Jones founded the community to create an environment that builds and celebrates the talents and skills of Black women leaders. Her professional experience includes community relations, leadership development, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and diversity. This combination inspired and is leveraged in Black Women In Business.

Tune In To GEMS, a satellite Radio-Show about Women-Owned Business

G.E.M.S. Radio Show

Tune in every Monday at 12:30 PM EST (11:30 am CT) to the Every.Black Channel on

Tune in to GEMS to get tips and encouragement to grow your business, hear interviews with women-business owners and industry experts and learn of various resources that you can put to immediate use.

When:   Mondays at 12:30 pm EST and 11:30 am Central Time

How do I listen?  Access the show live here or by clicking the link below.  If you missed an episode, past shows are listed below.  Resources mentioned on the show are also listed below.

Who are the co-hosts?: La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, a counselor to small business owners and entrepreneur, and Ingrid Jones, founder, Black Women In Business NC, who is also an experienced leadership and professional development professional and entrepreneur.

Can I get on the show?  If you’re interested in being interviewed on the show, please contact us and let us know what you’d like to talk about and how we can get in touch with you.

Learn more about the show, tune in and listen to past episodes here.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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