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Francine Parham

New York, United States

Francine is an accomplished global business professional and practitioner. Her area of
expertise is in leadership development and career advancement for women and women of color
in the workplace.
She is the Founder and CEO of FrancineParham & Co., which works with organizations to
provide solutions in advancing their female talent and leadership pipeline. Her company
achieves this work through focus in the areas of qualitative and quantitative assessment and
customized programmatic solutions. She is also the Founder of the newly created Career Lab,
focused on career mobility solutions using scientific methodology, tools and technology.
Along with partnering with organizations, she and her team also focus directly on helping
women and women of color in the workplace with their professional development. Her company
offers the Sharpen Your Skills Professional® suite of programs and events to businesses for
their female talent.
Francine is a recently published author of, “Please Sit Over There: How to Manage Power,
Overcome Exclusion and Succeed as a Black Woman at Work (Berrett-Koehler Publishers/
Penguin Random House, August, 2022). She speaks publically sharing her lived experiences as
a global executive; discusses the often implicit skills that she knows are important for career
advancement and; the role that leadership within organizations are accountable for in helping
their women and women of color talent navigate successfully to achieve their career
advancement goals. She has been cited in various published books as well as articles as a
Her career spans over two decades and she has worked in multiple industries with her last
assignment as a global executive and Vice President, Human Resources for Johnson and
Johnson. She worked for the General Electric Company in the capacity of a Vice President prior
to Johnson and Johnson. Upon completing graduate school, she worked for General Mills in
various roles. She holds two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Illinois (M.A.) and the
other from Columbia University (M.S.) as a Stabile Investigative Fellow.

Francine Parham Points
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Author 60
Influencer 0
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 60

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Leadership 31.63
Management 33.07

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1 Book
Please Sit Over There: How To Manage Power, Overcome Exclusion and Succeed as a Balck woman at Work
Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Inc. I Penguin Random House
August 09, 2022

The key to your career advancement is understanding how power works–who has it, where it hides, and how it’s used. Please Sit Over There teaches Black women the career skills they need to navigate an uneven playing field and achieve long-lasting professional success.

Black women continuously navigate systems that were never intended for them while playing by a set of rules they never agreed to or were ever trained for.

In this book, Francine Parham shares her knowledge as a Black woman and a former global executive of two major corporations on how to move up in the workplace while maintaining a sense of sanity. The key skill–one that Black women are rarely taught–is understanding the power dynamics within your organization and learning how to “shift the power” to your advantage. Parham shows how to use your voice, strategically build the right relationships, and support others once you have achieved a powerful position–tools any woman can use to increase her power and ensure a successful, fulfilling career.

Parham says Black women are already empowered; there is no shortage of qualified professional Black women in the talent pipeline. But it does not feel empowering when organizations force Black women to work every day to overcome biases, discriminatory institutional practices, and unwritten rules of power at play that hinder their career development and professional advancement.

Please Sit Over There honors the painstaking work being undertaken to deconstruct broken institutions and demonstrates how Black women can achieve their goals while those institutions still exist—effectively opening doors for all women of color.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

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