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Saturday, May 1, 2010

About The Case Study

[Excerpts from Black Millennial Women in Leadership]

To explore how Black Millennial Women in Leadership remain authentic when using masking, shifting and role playing as necessary coping tools in organizational settings, this study used a descriptive approach. Primary research was followed by participant interviews of two Black Millennial Women in Leadership at work, in the community and/or at home (head-of-household). An ethnographic approach was used to analyze the data...

...Well-educated and well-trained Black women were solicited for this study. Region and location were not inclusive criteria. The two women who participated have information-rich data to contribute due to their demographics and the researcher assumption that the participants identified with the oppression of being Black women as well as identified with being Millennial. Both participants were only informed that the study was about leadership; however, the researcher assumed that the participants were knowledgeable about their race and gender as well as generation. Unfortunately, the researcher learned that half of the population was not knowledgeable about the Millennial generation. The two participants were recruited from my professional and personal networks including previous schoolmates, friends, colleagues, churches, and sorority sisters. Recruitment also occurred on social networks. The two participants varied in socio-economic, family, income, and career backgrounds. The intended setting was a leadership environment; however, privacy laws and organizational policies prevented this from occurring because potential respondents within the recruiting pool work with personal data. As a result, the setting was moved to phone interviews...

There were key questions centering on background, race and gender, age, leadership and diversity that the interviewer outlined prior to the interview...

As Carol Parker-Terhune reminds us, because the researcher and study participants are all Black Millennial Women in Leadership, “insider” status would not be assumed granted (2005)...

Jackson, Jenny (2010). Black Millennial Women in Leadership.Queens University of Charlotte: Charlotte, NC.
Parker Walsh Terhune, C. (2005). Biculturalism, code-switching, and shifting: the experiences of Black women in a predominately White environment. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities, and Nations. ProQuest Information and Learning Company: Michigan.

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