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Francine Parham

Francine Parham 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, August, 2022). She speaks publicly sharing her lived experiences as a global executive; discusses the often implicit skills that she knows are important for career advancement; and discusses 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 and articles.

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.

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