Equality: Courageous Conversations about Race, Gender, & Leadership with Trudy Bourgeois

It’s a lot less risky now for women to disagree, to leave toxic environments, to deprive those that oppress us of the talents we have, and to not support with our dollars those that devalue us. And if we did, we could dismantle the patriarchy. This is where my conversation with the absolute force that is Trudy Bourgeois takes us. On our way there, we had a fascinating talk about her experience growing up in the segregated south and leaving corporate America, grappling with anxiety and finding possibility. Her hope and vision for a future where we all use our power to shine a light of possibility for those coming up behind us is incredibly illuminating. I know you will benefit from hearing what she has to say.

We speak about:

  • the necessity of a new leadership style that takes into account our true value in the workplace without demeaning comparison and judgment

  • the stress, anxiety, and guilt of not being able to live authentically because of oppression through racism and patriarchy

  • how individual women (even the ones who look like they have it all) AND the society they live in are paying the price for the problems of patriarchy

  • why it is so important for women leaders to share what they had sacrificed on their way to the top, and how damaging it can be to not communicate those truths

  • how women’s inability to see their true value makes it impossible for them to see their choices

  • how growing up in the segregated south affected her outlook and motivation

  • the importance of mentors and role models who can breathe possibility thinking into your life

  • the relationship between privilege and possibility thinking, and how to use privilege to spread possibility to change the world

  • the importance of understanding exclusion – in your heart, not just as an intellectual exercise – in order to be an advocate for inclusion


Trudy Bourgeois is one of America’s leading experts on transformational leadership. She is the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence for nearly two decades now. In her various roles as author, speaker, teacher, and researcher, Bourgeois continues to utilize her expertise in the field of leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has been honored as one of the “Best and Brightest Women Leaders”. Trudy has authored four leadership books and has written numerous articles and white papers. She serves on several boards and is on the board of advisors of two nonprofit organizations. She is the consultant of record to design the 2020 Executive Leadership Council’s Game Changer Conference and Advancing Black Leaders Initiative.

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Dr. Valerie Rein has discovered Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) and created the only science-backed system for helping women achieve their ultimate success, happiness, and fulfillment by healing the generational trauma of oppression. She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her bestselling book, “Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment” and her cutting-edge programs have helped thousands of women shift from survival to thriving and master the game of “How good can it get?” in their work and personal lives. Dr. Valerie is a sought-after speaker and trainer at conferences and companies committed to setting new standards of excellence in their industry in diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee satisfaction, their physical and mental health, and creativity and innovation.

Would you like to have Dr. Valerie speak to your audience? She can share with them:

  • Why despite having checked so many the boxes of accomplishment, high-achieving women are still dissatisfied, and why it’s not our fault.

  • What secretly drains 90% of your energy and productivity and how to reclaim them.

  • The missing piece to the upper limit problem and a solution that ends your big leap struggle.

  • Why fighting against your inner critic, self-doubt, and anxiety backfires and how to turn your inner adversaries into your strongest allies.

  • The biggest untapped resource of a woman’s personal power, why it is locked up, and how to set it free. PS It is also an instant antidote to stress and burnout.

And so much more…

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Ready to discover what opportunities shifting from survival to thriving can create in your personal and professional life? Learn about Dr. Valerie’s signature program The Thriving Solution — any button on this page will take you to schedule a conversation about working with Dr. Valerie on breaking out of the invisible inner prison of PSD and other hidden trauma — in this program or in another way that’s a fit for you or your organization.

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