Written By: Girl TylerNew year, new career goals. The month of January ushers in 365 pathways to exciting professional opportunities. While many people will opt for entrepreneurship or “The Great Resignation,” the mass exodus of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs, millions of others will continue climbing the corporate ladder. For Black women, fighting the good fight along the pathway to an executive role is met with adversity, and a unique set of barriers called sexism and racism. According to the McKinsey & Company “Women in the Workplace 2021” report, Black women tend to face more obstacles in workplace advancement than other employees. The study found that for every 100 men promoted to a leadership position, only 58 Black women are promoted. The issue of allyship also plays a role in workplace marginalization. Workplace bias, pay disparities, and microaggressions are just a few reasons why approximately 15% of Black women in the study reported not feeling support from their manager. And, of course, social issues come into play. Only one in three Black women said their managers expressed support during the heightened racial violence of 2020 and 2021. The good news is, you’re not alone. In recent years, Black women have spoken out about the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level in professional spaces. We’ve seen it play out in many TV shows, from Being Mary Jane to Insecure. Podcasters tackle these topics on their platforms, and every day women speak out about their experiences on social media. Although you may feel isolated, even ostracized in your pursuit of excellence, go forth with confidence, knowing that countless women have your back. I reached out to three equity advocates, driving progress for Black women in the workplace to share their best piece of advice on success and defying advancement obstacles in 2022.