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  • Getting To The Top: Strategies for Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling

    By Tracey de Morsella (Formerly Tracey L. Minor)

    Headlines detailing the accomplishments of Stan ONeal, COO of Merrill

    Lynch; Carlos M. Gutierrez, CEO of Kellogg Company; Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express; Hector de J. Ruis, CEO of AMD; Richard Parsons, CEO of AOL Time Warner and other powerful minority executives have most of Americans thinking that minorities no longer face discrimination in the workplace. The reality is that these success stories are the exception and not the rule. They are more a result of the perseverance, talent, ambition, and determination of these executives than anything else. Many minorities have been able to gain entrance into the workplace, and often climb into lower and middle-level management positions. However, in many cases, the path to success dead-ends.

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  • Asian Americans make up 60 percent of Silicon Valley's professional and technical workforce and 28 percent of enrollment at the top 20 business schools. Yet eagerness and education do not necessarily pave the way to the top in any industry. Asian Americans account for only 1.5 percent of top executives at Fortune 1000 firms, according to the site. So how can ambitious Asian Americans overcome obstacles to the executive suite?

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  • What Black Managers Can Do to Make the Organization Work Better for Them

    By Ancella Livers and Keith Caver, Center for Creative Leadership

    As African Americans attempt to confront the issues that surround them at work, it is important to recognize that there is much they can do to improve their leadership journey, says Ancella Livers, co-author of "Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America". As an African-American leader in corporate America, consider the following guidelines and strategies. These suggestions - addressing self-development, education and behavior - can provide you with a starting place for thinking consciously, comprehensively and constructively about race and leadership.

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