Black in Business
What is it like to be a young black woman in business?
This is a subject that is very dear to me. But I would like to break it down and begin by talking about being a woman in business in general.
Being a woman in business comes with so many challenges, like being underrepresented in KEY FIELDS. It also comes with gender bias in the workplace and lastly, it comes with hard work being rewarded with a lower salary. Being a woman in business is very tough as you come across these things on a regular basis and it can be very overwhelming, however I would not have it any other way.
Although things such as the gender pay gap are frustrating they made me want to do things just for myself and work for myself so that I know that the rewards I receive from what I do are solely due to my own hard work. It is also crazy because women excel the most in the soft skills that are needed for business leadership: we have the ability to see things from different perspectives and make decisions that benefit others as well as the company in question. Let’s also talk about the fact that women represent huge economic power and offer important consumer insight.
I am a YOUNG BLACK WOMAN IN BUSINESS. I am outspoken, motivated, and striving for success.
I work across a few different industries and some of them can be extremely challenging. Within events I feel it’s very male dominated and some club owners can be quite hesitant to work with black people in general when using clubs for events. It’s also hard because I can be told at times that I am emotional… which personally I do not see a problem with. I can be very cutthroat in the appropriate situations, but in others I believe I need to use my brain and my heart to make a decision. I don’t feel comfortable doing things that do not sit well with my morals.
Within the beauty industry I believe it’s hard as people are so used to buying from mainstream brands and this is why I made my business model for ‘Cocohoney Cosmetics’ personal. Most of my customers feel at home when they purchase from my brand and I hand write and personalise all my orders as I want to grow a community.
Being a black woman in business is a rewarding struggle that I would not change for the world. I have the privilege of working with other brands who are run by strong black women. Examples of these brands are Cultured Waist UK and Dear Girls LTD. They work as a support system for me and I believe that everyone needs this.
– Honey Adeleye
- Name: Honey Adeleye
- Age: 23
- Location: Coventry, UK
- Industry: Finance, Cosmetics, Entertainment
- Heritage: Nigerian
- What does being Black mean to you? Being black to me means strength, as an individual and as a community.