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Trudy Bourgeois
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Trudy Bourgeois is a renowned and respected authority on leadership development, change management and workplace transformation. She is a bestselling author, speaker and coach. Most importantly, she's a teacher at heart. Trudy believes that when people can learn and grow, they can achieve. Ultimately empowering them to LEAD!

After a successful career as a senior sales and marketing executive who managed teams of thousands and a $3 billion budget, Bourgeois took all her experience and passion and founded The Center for Workforce Excellence in 2001.

Companies such as Intel, PepsiCo and ConAgra credit CWE with advancing their talent management initiatives and more. Trudy is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, writes for numerous magazines and publications, including The Washington Post, and has authored two books on leadership. As a teacher, Bourgeois has earned a reputation as a truth-teller who combines candor with humor to foster courageous conversations necessary for change to take place.

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Processing the Facts: What Will Ferguson's Legacy Be?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:10 AM

I am a very logical thinker. Too logical, my husband sometimes tells me. But even in all my logic and left-brained thinking, I can get emotional. I can get angry. I can get sad. I can get discouraged. Especially with topics close to my heart, my passion, my life's work....

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What Does Your Courage Look Like?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 6:11 AM

So here we are. Halloween over. Election Day over. Veteran's Day here. And all I can think about is: Courage.

A friend of mine was telling me about her four-year-old son and his trick-or-treating escapades. She shared how he (dressed as a Skylander -- I know, I didn't know...

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News Flash: Equal Pay for Women Is an Issue People Care About

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:32 PM

While catching up on my reading this week, I came across an article from DiversityInc that stopped me in my tracks. The title of the article alone will tell you why it is concerning: U.S. Senate Candidate: No One Cares About Women's Issues.

In this article, Albert...

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Speak Up, Stand Up, Live Up: Beyond Ray Rice and the NFL

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:20 AM

You've probably read and seen the same things I have. It's everywhere we look. Ray Rice. The Ravens. The NFL. Roger Goodell. With more released and uncovered each day.

I saw a parody article someone shared on Twitter entitled "NFL Announces New Zero-Tolerance Policy On Videotaped Domestic Violence." Pathetic. But...

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How We Did It, How We Do It: When the Wife Makes More Money Than the Husband

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:38 PM

Corporate America is like an onion. Multiple layers. Vast flavor and diversity. The power to move you to tears, yet keep you coming back for more.

As I've worked my way through the layers of corporate America over the past three decades, there's something that has made my journey all...

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Needed: A Woman in the Oval Office ASAP

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:27 PM

I am a Hillary fan. Maybe you are, too, or maybe you're not. Let's not get stuck there... that's not what this is about.

There's something much more important for us to discuss -- something more important than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Something bigger. Something that impacts the future of...

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What the Gift of Menopause Has Taught Me About Self-Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Maybe I was naïve. Maybe I was prideful. Or maybe I just plain didn't pay attention when people tried to tell me.

But I thought I could "handle" menopause.

But the truth is that menopause just about "handled" me. In fact, it just about knocked me off my feet....

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Black History Month STILL Needs to Go

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Here we are again. Black History Month. Or, as I like to call it: a farce.

To be clear, African Americans in the United States have not made the "substantive progress" that is spouted left and right. In fact, at least in the business world, we have gone backward. Access...

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What J. Gary Cooper and Miss Black Mobile Taught Me About Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:28 PM

It's a new year. Perhaps you, like me, find yourself reflecting. Take a minute to reflect. Take a minute to think back with me. Who has helped you, encouraged you, breathed life into your dreams? You have someone. We all do. At least one person, probably more.

Besides my parents,...

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The Greatest Gift -- To: You and I, From: Nelson Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:30 AM

Much has been written about Nelson Mandela. We just can't help ourselves, can we? There is simply so much there. This man who became the driving force to defeat apartheid and become South Africa's first black president provided a leadership example rarely seen in our lifetime.

But allow me...

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Join the Race Conversation...

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 2:13 PM

It's old news that women and people of color are grossly under-represented in the higher levels of corporate America today. There is progress occurring. White women are making progress but women of color seem to be creeping along. Ever. So. Slowly.

Black Enterprise recently released an exclusive...

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Could It Be? Could the South Set the Example for Diversity & Inclusion?

(16) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:40 AM

I'm not gonna lie. As I stepped off the plane in Montgomery, Ala., I was apprehensive. I was uncertain. Maybe I was even a little scared. It had been 40 years since I'd been there. Think about it. Forty years ago, Montgomery was an ugly place -- especially for a...

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Need a Perspective Change?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 1:03 AM

If you've known me for a while or followed along on social media, you know that we have a 30-year-old son with Down Syndrome. His name is Adam. And let me tell you something... that boy has taught me some of THE MOST POWERFUL life lessons over the years.

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Lessons From Muhtar Kent

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:00 PM

If you think about it, most of us probably have our own Coca-Cola story. Coke has been -- and still is -- such a huge part of our American culture. It's just a part of our everyday lives, isn't it?

Here's my Coca-Cola story...

I grew up...

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Muhtar Kent: He Just Gets It

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:48 AM

It came to me in the middle of the night. You know what I'm talking about? Those epiphanies that can only come in the wee hours of the morning?

I've been preparing for an interview with Muhtar Kent (Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO) that will take place next week at the...

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Is Corporate America Ready for the Tidal Wave?

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Ursula Burns is absolutely correct. There is indeed a tidal wave approaching - and it's approaching quickly as the number of women enrolled in college today consistently surpasses the number of men in nearly all states across the country.

So, yes. There are a lot of women...

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Let Out Your Extraordinary

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:34 PM

Co-authored by Angela Y. Jones

"Her name was Mary Elizabeth Stallworth. We called her Die. And she was my grandmother..."


That's how the conversation started as Angela and I spoke about defining moments in our lives... I went on to...

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Heartache. Loss. Chaos. Challenge. Change.

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:58 PM

From the Boston Marathon bombings, to the tragedy in West, TX, to the unrest and uncertainty with China, and so on, our world over the past few weeks has been downright scary.

As you and I mourn for and love on those who've lost loved ones or been affected, we...

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Leadership Lessons for Marissa Mayer

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 11:07 AM

Has anyone else been waiting for it?

It's been over a month now since Marissa Mayer's Yahoo! memo was leaked, and I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

But it hasn't.

Frankly, I've been shocked at how "easy" people have been on Mayer's mandate about Yahoo! employees...

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Lean In Is Only Halfway There

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 6:20 PM

Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, sure has gotten some attention, hasn't it?

I applaud Sandberg and her willingness to step out and encourage women to seize the moment and take control of the things that are within their control.

But... (you knew that was coming) her book has glaring...

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