Shamis Pitts-Pitts Leadership Consulting LLC

Overcoming the “Angry Black Woman” Trope

While in corporate America, I spent more time than I can count thinking about how I can authentically express myself and be heard without coming across as “too angry”. What is the “right” amount of passion and commitment I can convey when I am advocating for myself and others while remaining likable? How do I come across as powerful and intelligent without being labeled as intimidating? Bottom line: exhausting.

Shamis Pitts in DUMBO, BK, NY-Shamis2020.com Wellbeing Campaign

Mental Wellbeing: It was a long time coming

My mother died suddenly after an operation when I was 17. We buried her, rented an RV and drove from Maryland to Orlando, FL, went to Disney World and drove home. Then, I packed up my life and moved away to start my freshman year in college. Within one month, I went from thriving high school senior, feeling on top of the world, to a motherless daughter navigating the academic and social demands of university life.