DSW Candidate – Rayna Nelson, MSSW, LCSW-S,10:30 AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Exploring Resources Needed for Black Women to Ascend to C-suite Level Positions in The Workplace

DSW Candidate – Rayna Nelson, MSSW, LCSW-S

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Exploring Resources Needed for Black Women to Ascend to C-suite Level Positions in The Workplace

The percentage of African American women in the workplace who hold senior executive-level positions is low. African American women who are educated, experienced, and diligent workers have the skills and knowledge to thrive in the workplace as senior executives but need the opportunities and allies to do so.

This capstone project seeks to highlight systemic obstacles that Black women encounter while trying to advance to senior leadership positions in professional spaces. The insight gained from this study could be utilized to assist Black women who aspire to become senior leaders. Furthermore, organizations may utilize the study’s findings to better understand how to attract and retain top talent from Black women and how to create fair practices for Black women to prosper.

The findings of this study concur with previous studies that indicate that Black women face distinct challenges due to the intersection of gender and race. However, the literature reviewed suggests the importance and need for workplace mentors, more over allies in order to navigate microaggressions and discrimination for Black women who desire career advancement to top leadership positions. Allyships are a strategic tactic used by established leaders to become collaborators, accomplices, and coconspirators who fight injustice and promote equity in the workplace through supportive professional relationships and public acts of advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the impacts of intersectionality for Black women in the workplace.
  2. Examine allyships as a strategy to challenge negative gender and racial stereotypes in the workplace.
  3. Develop an understanding of the benefits to more Black women leaders.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.