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Carting Kidz CEO Carla Laney says taking risks is a requirement for success

Why is it important for women of color to work in leadership roles and decision-making capacities? 

I feel that women in leadership roles are empowered and dominant. … I admire all women that have the authority and the drive to push the boundaries of gender equality by their strengths, knowledge, experience and striving to be the best at what they do.

If you could thank any Black woman history maker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why? 

If I was given the opportunity to thank one Black woman in history it would definitely be Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou discovered the beauty in poetry which allowed women to feel awakened and feel life in the poem “Phenomenal Woman.” “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still I Rise” paved the way for all women to feel self-worth and feel empowered within their own skin, culture and background.

Why is it important for experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?

I can relate in many forums to the challenges and the different obstacles that they will be faced with throughout life. Growing up and trying to establish my self-worth, my identity, my culture, my do’s and don’ts, and wanting to be accepted [as] a part of corporate America was never a walk in the park. With that being said, I have accomplished being a mentor to teens and mature women, and I have mentored them to strive to be their best.

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