When you are a person of color (POC) in the workplace, your identity allows you to bring a unique asset, strength, and perspective. While those are great attributes, you may find yourself paying an “emotional tax” at work, feeling in a constant state of being “on guard” against potential bias because of your gender, race, and/or ethnicity. Additionally, a POC navigating a predominantly white office may often think about shifting the way they speak in conversations, how they are the only or one of few people of color on their team, and how to deal with implicit bias. As we take all of this into account, it can be difficult to be seen, heard, and affirmed while still remaining “professional” - a concept that has been weaponized to attack the cultural aspects and perspectives of non-white people within the industry. Join us for a conversation on navigating professionalism as a POC in the workplace. We’ll be breaking down and decoding what professionalism actually means, how to figure out what is and isn't professional, and where to find safe spaces you can bring both your professional and personal identities to.