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Playing a New Game: A Black Woman’s Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace

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Playing a New Game: A Black Woman’s Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace

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Drawing on first-hand clinical insight and scientific research, Dr. Wilborn offers much-needed advice on how women of color can be high-performing and successful professionally, without sacrificing their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. 

Black and brown women have been making profound strides in leadership and professional achievement, despite facing the added hurdles of both sexism and racism in the workplace. But so often, excelling at work comes at the expense of their wellness: the chronic stressors and demands on Black women can result in negative physical health outcomes such as sleep disturbance, hypertension, and diabetes, and negative mental health outcomes including anxiety and depression. We cannot talk about career advancement for Black and brown women without talking about strategies that promote their total wellbeing.

Playing a New Game offers women a new way forward, in which ambition and wellness can not only coexist, but bolster each other. With insights from her 20 years of professional counseling experience and extensive research, mental health expert Dr. Tammy Wilborn expands the dialogue on BIPOC women’s experiences of race and gender stereotypes at work, exploring them as a wellness issue.  Through her evidence-based best practices that promote self-care and self-empowerment as necessary tools for professional success, Black and brown women can flip the script by prioritizing their wellness even as they advance professionally. 

Dr. Tammy Wilborn is a board-certified licensed professional counselor-supervisor and owner and Chief Clinical Officer of Wilborn Clinical Services, LLC, a multi-service practice based in New Orleans, Louisiana, that provides mental health counseling, clinical supervision, continuing education workshops, consultations, and wellness events. Dr. Wilborn previously served as visiting assistant professor of counselor education at the University of New Orleans and adjunct professor of counseling at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with a diverse clientele of children, adolescents, and adults. She is an in-demand keynote speaker who has spoken at premier events such as the inaugural HuffPost How to Raise a Kid parenting conference, ESSENCE Fest, and LinkedIn’s TransformHER conference for Black and Latinx women in tech. Dr. Wilborn has presented extensively on wellness, mental health, Black women’s work experiences, self-care, cultural responsiveness, and women’s empowerment to national, regional, state, and local organizations and professional associations.