Michelle interviews Tannette Johnson-Elie about racial and gender bias in the workplace, how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go. They discuss the long-term health and career repercussions for women of color facing discrimination and unrealistic expectations. Michelle and Tannette also look at what organizations and individuals can do to better support women of color in the workplace.
Tannette Johnson-Elie is a seasoned media professional and journalism educator with 20 years of daily newspaper experience.
She is currently a Lecturer in Communication at Lake Forest College, a small private school in Lake Forest, Illinois, and serves as Vice President of Print/Digital Media for the Wisconsin Black Media Association. She is the co-host and executive producer of a soon-to-be-launched podcast that will highlight the stories of successful Black women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Most notably, Tannette spent 20 years as a reporter and business columnist for the Pulitzer-Prize winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she covered key beats, including courts, education, crime, city and county governments, local news, and business and workplace diversity. She penned a business column for the Journal Sentinel for 12 years that won local and national recognition for highlighting the struggles and triumphs of small and minority-owned businesses in metro Milwaukee. Her column became one of the most-read articles on the Journal Sentinel’s interactive news site.