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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. She is a teacher at heart. She 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 take place.

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:28 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 | 9:30 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 | 1:13 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 | 10:40 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 | 12:03 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 | 3:00 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 | 3:48 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 | 3:46 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 | 9:34 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 | 5:58 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 | 10:07 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 | 5:20 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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Demand. Equality. Going Beyond International Women's Day.

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 5:27 PM

As we celebrate International Women's Day this Friday, March 8th (and Women's History Month here in the U.S. during the month of March. Did I mention I feel the same way about Women's History Month as I do about Black History Month?), I'm reminded of the...

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Black History Month Needs to Go

(31) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Valentine's Day (although a completely commercialized holiday) provides a wonderful opportunity to think about an ever-important topic. A topic we do not spend nearly enough time thinking about and walking out in day-to-day life...


And not just love for our sweethearts, love for our children, or love for...

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There's No Denying It Now: Affirmative Action and the White Man

(14) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:43 AM

It's easy to get discouraged. As I read the articles and heard the reports about the recent White House all-male Cabinet appointments, I could feel the anger, frustration and discouragement setting in.

But then I realized something.

What better way to shed light on the deep-seated problem of all (or...

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A Christmas Gift: The Truth About America

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 5:23 PM

America was brown before it was white. This is America's truth. You either embrace this fact or you challenge it.

These two positions are contributing to the current situation: a divided America. And actually, during the past election that division became a chasm. A giant, ugly, gaping, seeping chasm of...

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One Billion Women

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 3:25 PM

One billion women. One billion women will change the face and nature of the business world as we know it over the next decade.

According to an October 5 Fortune article by DeAnne Aguirre, one billion women (yes, that's billion with a B) will be entering the global...

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