The State of Louisiana has made significant advancements as a result of Dr. Markey Pierré’s lifetime dedication to academic excellence, volunteerism, and sound public policy, including K–12 and higher education, construction, healthcare, maritime law, and municipal government. Throughout her 20+ year career, Dr. Pierré has been a successful business owner, executive, author, motivational speaker, lobbyist, and adjunct professor. Her inclusive leadership philosophy has led to the passage of ground-breaking legislation that will benefit future generations in a significant way.
Tell our viewers a little bit about who you are and what you do
My accomplishments in the public and commercial sectors along with my professional background undoubtedly set me apart from the competitors. I’ve always worked in environments where I was the lone woman and African American, including my time as a former lobbyist, my current role as vice chancellor of external affairs and chief of staff at LSU Health Sciences Center, and champion for education. I stand for more than just my accomplishments.
My eyes have been completely opened to the income, opportunity, and platform disparities that exist between women and people of color. My road hasn’t always been straightforward, but I’ve always found a way to overcome the obstacles that were openly put in my path by devising a success plan. I put forth a lot of effort on behalf of both business and private clients to eliminate gaps.
Could you list a few of the primary problems that Black women in particular and women of color, in general, are facing?
The fact that I’ve had decades of achievement and experience yet haven’t run into many people who look like me and can relate inspired me to accept the challenge of solving this issue. I’ve come across a lot of talented and competent women of color who either withdraw or believe the excuses given for why they won’t receive the job or chance.
Many people claim that “they won’t hire me” or that “there isn’t anyone who looks like me.” All the while expressing a strong desire for the job they never apply for. My coaching, blog, and product launches were motivated by the lack of strong leadership and diverse representation at decision-making tables in companies.
My blogs and online materials are helpful tools for assisting women in developing their bravery, competence, and confidence. My tools are not just for motivation. They give African American women the tools and support they need to succeed in today’s nontraditional environments, empowering and preparing them for the future.
I won’t sugarcoat what they can anticipate after they land the job. I want to let my fellow women know that they can handle the pressure of performing if they are aware of what to anticipate, what to avoid, and how to get the respect of those who have made the decision not to.
What is ahead for you?
In five years, I see myself as a corporate coach setting the standard for leadership in diversity and inclusion on a national level. I consider myself to be a live example of how to overcome racial and gender bias obstacles in unconventional contexts. I want to be known as a wise counselor who supports women all around the world.
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