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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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The Strongest Force in the Universe...

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 9:46 AM

Big life events certainly make us reflect on life, don't they? Our daughter Mary Ellen got engaged in Paris a few weeks ago (yes, I said Paris. I know, right?!), and I've been doing much reflecting ever since.

And here's why...

Mare's story is one of not settling, of...

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Another Year Around This Damn Mountain: Why Is Race Still the Third Rail?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 12:03 PM

So here we are again. Black History Month. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a proponent of Black History Month. Don't get me wrong, I love celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans. In fact, I love celebrating the accomplishments of ALL people. Every day. Every month.

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Roz Brewer, a Racist? Preposterous

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 4:21 PM

Roz Brewer knows better than anyone that when you are a thought leader who advances change, you must be ready for darts to be thrown. For the backlash. For people feeling threatened and coming out of the woodwork making preposterous statements. Misrepresenting what you say.

She is the President...

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The Gift

(5) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 9:01 AM

When my dad died, I was a mess. All my siblings and I were. Except one. My youngest brother, William.

I was 26 years old at the time, married, pregnant with my first child, climbing the corporate ladder. I thought I had it all figured out....

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Disrupt or Be Disrupted

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Creative innovation. It's a phrase that has been used over the past decade. It has evolved to creative disruption and even creative destruction. And like other catch phrases or buzzwords, they get over-used. Over-used and under-utilized. They lose meaning. They become irrelevant.

But we're not done with creative disruption yet....

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Be a Multiplier

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 12:57 PM

We wake up each morning to more unrest around our country. We turn on the news to hear arguments and debates as our nation prepares for another election. Race relations in our country are suffering.

That's why I'm surprised about the response I've gotten to

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Ah-Ha's That Spark Action to Ignite Equality

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:44 AM

I remember sitting in Dallas, TX, in 2009 at a women's leadership conference listening to Don Knauss, the CEO and President of The Clorox Company. Don shared a story about what led to him becoming a champion for a better corporate America.

He told the group that early in...

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Diversity As A Business Imperative? I Think Not.

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:07 PM

There is a major fallacy in corporate America today. A dangerous one. One I've heard...sadly, I can't even count the number of times I've heard it. And every time I hear a CEO or Chief Diversity Officer say it in some form, I know - without a doubt - that...

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The Hope of a Better Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:28 AM

My mother was writing a book. In fact, after she passed, that was one of the things I held a lot of guilt about. You see, she wanted ME to write the book for her. She'd say, "Gertrude, you know how to write a paragraph, don't you?" And I'd say,...

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To My Young Corporate Mom Self

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:44 PM

If I could talk to myself as a young mother 30+ years ago just starting my career, here's what I would say:

Trudy, are you listening to me? Just stop and look at me for a second...

You love your kids. Do you understand what I'm...

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You Want to Badmouth Schultz? Watch Out...

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:08 PM

So Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has caught flack and more flack for encouraging his baristas to write "Race Together" on their customers' cups in order to start conversations about race.

And sure, do Starbucks and USA Today need to take a look at their own boards?...

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What George Wallace Taught Me About Forgiveness

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Yep, that's me. Circa 1976. Standing over George Wallace's left shoulder. Yes, the George Wallace. The stand-in-the-door-blocking-black-students-from-enrolling-at-the-University-of-Alabama-in-1963 Governor George C. Wallace. The man who spewed hate, racism and more hate.


People ask me how I could stand there with him?...

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:10 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 | 5:11 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 | 12:32 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 | 12:20 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 | 6:38 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 | 6:27 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 | 10:00 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 | 4:09 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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