THE ONLY ONLINE CAREER ACTIVATION HUB FOR PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR IN CORPORATE AMERICA
Get exclusive access to insider coaching, training and support — to shorten your corporate learning curve, accelerate your success, and navigate your workplace with unshakeable confidence.
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You've Got Important Work to Do
You're talented. You're smart. You're dedicated.
And you've worked damn hard to get where you are today.
You have questions. Lots of them.
Maybe you've been wondering...
Even when things are going WELL in your career… It's normal to be unsure:
And if it wasn't already hard enough...
There's something else they DON'T tell you in the inspirational success stories about people of color who "made it" in corporate America…
The struggle is real.
And sometimes — you need support.
Because the REALITY of navigating a corporate career as a person of color comes ALSO means...
And, when it gets really bad?
You're not alone if you've ever felt like you stick out in any room — yet your accomplishments and talents go unseen.
It's exhausting. Isolating. Crazy-making. And hard as hell.
Stay with me here — because things are about to get a whole lot better.
(I'll show you how.)
I know you've asked yourself at least once before: "Is it worth it?"
Because I've been there too.
And I know you're already intimately familiar with the impact that bias can have on your earning potential, opportunities for advancement — and your sanity.
I know how it feels to be on the outside looking in: when your emails go ignored, your ideas are unacknowledged, and your name conveniently falls off the invitation list for a key meeting — and you wonder whether you’re the only one who really sees what's going on.
And even when things are going well, there are still days when you wonder whether your colleagues are from a different planet. And it feels like the burden of bridging the gap is always on you.
Exhausting. Especially when you've also got a job to do.
It's not right. You aren't crazy. And it's not your fault.
But here's what I want you to know:
So in a world where you have to be twice as good and work twice as hard just to stay in the game…
What separates the people of color who get ahead from the ones who get benched?
90hr work weeks, missing out on time with your family, and a 4-day tension headache that starts every Sunday night?
Selling your soul to the corporate machine and becoming a person you barely recognize just to fit in?
Is it luck, natural charisma, or finally finding the perfect organization, the perfect manager, the perfect job?
No, no and no.
The truth is that sometimes, you've gotta get scrappy if you want to...
All you need to do is be willing to ask for help.
And from there?
We'll show you EXACTLY how to make it happen.
The first and ONLY online career activation hub for people of color in corporate
A pay-as-you-go monthly membership that gives you access to insider coaching, training and support — to shorten your corporate learning curve, accelerate your success and navigate your workplace with unshakeable confidence.
When you join us inside The Alley…
You won't just get personalized coaching, feedback and support…
You'll also get INSTANT access to our exclusive on-demand training library, where you'll get a rapid education in EVERYTHING you need to thrive in your corporate career.
Just 30 days from now, you could be on the fast-track towards…
You'll learn about The 6 Elements of Corporate Confidence that they didn't teach you in business school:
Master corporate politics and get things done in your organization, without selling your soul.
Career Risks: Are You Playing It Too Safe?
Network with confidence, and find mentors who will help you get to the nextAdd level.
The 3 Biggest Career Derailers For Professionals of Color and How To Overcome Them
Gather and execute on the critical information you need to get noticed for your work & talents.
Make The First Move
EXPOSURE AND VISIBILITY
Create opportunities for visibility and recognition in the new VIRTUALworkplace - stop waiting to get noticed.
PERSONAL BRANDING AND POSITIONING
Ensure you're the "no-brainer" choice for opportunities and promotions.
Staying Relevant In The Workplace
NEGOTIATION AND MAKING THE ASK
Because there is an art and a science to getting what you want at work — and we'll show you how to do it.
How to Negotiate Your Salary and Compensation
Stay ahead of the curve with game-changing resources, trainings and advice — sent straight to your inbox every week:
EXPERT ROUNDTABLES - Each month we feature renowned experts and thought leaders to share their hard-won insights and advice via online webinar. At the end of the session, we'll open up the floor for Q&A time so you can learn from the best and overcome problems that others spend years trying to figure out on their own.
Featured Expert Roundtables:
"ASK ME ANYTHING" WEBINARS - Got a specific issue you want to troubleshoot? Bring your questions to our monthly "open forum" webinars to get one-on-one rapid-fire coaching from Deborah and experts in leadership, HR, negotiation, legal, branding and more.
Can't make it there live? No problem. Simply send in your questions beforehand and check out the recording when it works for you.
WORD-FOR-WORD SCRIPTS, GAMEPLANS AND TOOLS - Each month we'll send a done-for-you script, template or tool to help you execute and see results on the topic of the month.
- Scripts for negotiation and critical conversations
- How to respond to vague or negative feedback
- Gameplans for strategically building your network
- Cheatsheets and checklists to nail your next performance review
- The do's and dont's of documentation and CYA
- And a whole lot more…
Featured plug-n-play resources:
THE SITUATION ROOM - Join us inside The Situation Room to learn from a real world case study of a scenario that people of color frequently encounter in the workplace (like managing a hostile work environment, dealing with a disjointed or ineffective team, managerial issues and more).
Together, we'll dissect how to handle challenging situations and what you can do differently to create win-win outcomes for everyone involved.
We’ll also learn from success stories and share insights you can apply to your own career. See how others have created their own opportunities for visibility, how they got people on board with their ideas and more.
Featured situation rooms:
We've got dozens of expert workshops already waiting for you to implement today — and the library is constantly growing.
Here's a taste of what else is waiting for you inside The Alley right now:
Prepping For the C-Suite
What You Need To Know About Getting To The C-Suite
Featuring Walter Woods, CEO, Humana Foundation and Marie C. Johns, CEO, PPC-Leftwich, Former Pres. and CEO, Verizon
Why Someone Else Got Your Job
Featuring Hanna Dust, VP and Head of Human Resources, North America, Danaher, Corporation
Good is Not Enough
Unwritten Rules For People Of Color In Corporate
Featuring Keith Wyche, best selling author and corporate leadership expert
You may not like what she says, but if everyone in the corporate arena could be as straightforward and as truthful as she is, people would be a lot further along in their careers.
I wish I had met Deborah 15 years ago. Earlier in my career, I can see there were many issues I waded in for too long.
I've always been confident, but Deborah has taught me how to push the envelope a little more -- asking for those bigger projects, gathering and documenting feedback from my supervisor, finding opportunities for responsibility and visibility.
She really takes the time to explore issues with you -- but at the same time, she will tell it to you like it is. You may not like what she says, but if everyone in the corporate arena could be as straightforward and as truthful as she is, people would be a lot further along in their careers.
anthony // Pharmaceutical Industry
You'll also get ONGOING SUPPORT and answers to your questions, when you need them…
We believe that those small moments and daily interactions in the workplace can make or break a career. That's why we want to be there when you need us for those daily interactions, negotiations, slights, microagressions, tough moments and more. Post your questions, challenges and wins inside the Members Only Facebook Community and get the support you need — fast.
There is power in community.
Get support. Share your wins.
And never go it alone again.
Shorten your corporate learning curve and get the strategic guidance you need with the no-brainer investment in your career.
Become a member of The Alley and join at this low price
Deborah's guidance in building strategic relationships and creating a diverse network of mentors has been particularly valuable.
My professional career has grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and I've found myself in new territory as a young leader. Deborah and The Corporate Alley Cat have helped me navigate those situations where I've been thrown in the deep-end and needed to quickly get up to speed.
Deborah's guidance in building strategic relationships and creating a diverse network of mentors has been particularly valuable. She's been navigating this world for over 20 years... she just gets it.
Devon // Director of Operations
Wondering why should you believe me when I say that the "work twice as hard to get half as far" story doesn't have to be your story?
If we haven't met before, I'm Deborah Owens, Founder & CEO of Corporate Alley Cat: the go-to community for people of color in corporate America.
As a seasoned sales leader and training executive with 20+ years of Fortune 100 business experience, I've been on the front lines of what people of color really experience in the workplace (and I’ve lived it myself).
I've helped thousands of professionals of color overcome the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities they'll face throughout their careers.
I've witnessed the transformation that occurs when people of color are resourced with the strategies and support they need to thrive in the workplace.
Deborah T. Owens
So with over two decades of corporate street cred (and plenty of mistakes along the way), I know this to be true:
People of color don't need more inspirational success stories and flashy conferences to get ahead.
Because when the good vibes are gone, your binder from the event gets filed away, and you're back in the real world — what do you really need?
Resources. In-the-moment support. And advice from someone who gets it.
But when you want tactical, in the trenches advice for what you're up against today, where do you go?
And that's exactly why what we do here is less about career coaching and more about career activation.
We want to make sure you have the right support and access to actionable strategies you can trust, exactly when you need it (along with valuable insights to help you avoid mistakes on the road ahead).
The official mission statement of Corporate Alley Cat is to change the experiences of people of color, one person at a time. It informs every conference, workshop and resource we develop for our audience of over 3000 professionals of color.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the comprehensive, no-filler strategies you need to make waves — instead of struggling to keep your head above water (or winging it and hoping everything works out).
That's why I'm so excited to share this opportunity with you today — and I look forward to the day when we'll be celebrating your success story, too.
The Alley is the ONLY online community for professionals of color where you'll find:
THE ALLEY IS FOR YOU IF:
See yourself in ANY of the points above? The Alley was MADE for you, friend.
THE ALLEY IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
Because it is impossible to grow beyond yourself alone. But now that professionals of color have The Corporate Alley Cat, we don’t have to.
In my first conversation with Deborah, I knew with my whole self that she was the coach and partner that I needed to shift myself out of career hell. She was very clear that she was not a Career Coach, but a Career Activator.
The distinction between the two is just what I was looking for – concise, actionable growth within a given time period.
After ninety minutes with Deborah, I saw myself for the first time in almost three years.
I was beginning to feel excited about my career for the first time in a very, very long time.
If you are at your career best, work with Deborah and stay that way. But, if you are where I was several months ago – Career Rock Bottom – invest, and work with Deborah.
Because it is impossible to grow beyond yourself alone. But now that professionals of color have The Corporate Alley Cat, we don’t have to.”
Danielle, Brand Planner
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Frequently Asked Questions
I want to join, but I'm B-U-S-Y with a capital B. How much time do I need?
The structure of The Alley was created with busy professionals like you in mind. All of our workshops, resources and webinars are archived and recorded for you, ready for you to listen in when you're ready or on the go.
Everything you'll find inside The Alley is action-focused — designed to be consumed in 30 minutes or less. And if you can't be at our live workshops, no problem! Just send in your questions ahead of time and catch the recordings later, our post your question in our private members-only community for quick feedback.
... Still don't think you have time?
Real talk: you're probably already spending more time struggling with these issues on your own than if you invested a small amount of focused time each week to get the answers you've been looking for. ( → And if you’re not spending any time on your career, that’s part of the problem.)
It is our PROMISE to spare you from fluff and platitudes that waste your valuable time, and we stand behind it with our 30-day guarantee (more on that below).
Is The Alley really for people of color at all stages of their corporate career?
Yes! We've carefully planned out the resources inside The Alley to cater to the specific needs of people of color, no matter how far along they are in their corporate career.
When you log into your membership dashboard, you'll see a "choose your own adventure" style menu that allows you to dive right into the resources that are relevant to your needs right now — and when you're ready to take it to the next level, know that everything you need is already waiting for you.
Do I need to be a person of color to join The Alley?
Non-professionals of color are welcome to join The Alley.
However, although the issues we address are universal to some extent, we will be specifically addressing those issues through the lens of professionals of color.
Resources and support for corporate professionals typically fail to consider the unique needs and experiences of professionals of color — and The Alley was created to fill this gap.
What happens when I click the button to join?
You'll be taken to a secure order form to enter your information and payment details. Within 15 minutes of your purchase, you'll receive an email with your login information to your private membership dashboard.
Your first week of resources will be waiting for you, along with your library of on-demand expert workshops.
How is this different to the other advice out there and the stuff I can get for free?
I know that you've read the books, listened to the podcasts, and Googled your heart out in an attempt to get what you need to navigate the corporate arena. To put it bluntly… how's that been working for you?
If you’re ready to break up with the "nice to know" advice and start getting the strategic "need to know" resources and support you've been looking for — relevant to you in a way that you've never experienced before — then The Alley is where you need to be.
I already attend your free monthly webinars. Why should I pay to join The Alley?
As of Jan. 2021, our webinars are no longer be open to the public for free, and recordings will only be made available to members of The Alley.
We want to be with you more than once a month — and people have told us they want more in-depth support than we can offer on a single webinar.
That's why The Alley is all about giving the detailed strategies you need to execute flawlessly and with confidence.
I hate networking and don't want to sell out to get ahead. Are you going to ask me to be someone I'm not?
That's a big N-O. Even though professionals of color are implicitly expected to change who we are to fit in, this is soul-destroying. I know it. You know it. So let me say definitively that you DO NOT have to erase who you are in order to get ahead.
Inside The Alley, you'll learn how to use your voice, your power and summon the courage to show up as your best, most compelling self — so you can get your needs met without attracting the unfair labels that are known to derail the careers of professionals of color.
And as for the networking and charisma piece? It doesn't matter whether you think you're "a natural". If you're willing to embrace a little discomfort and let us support you in developing the skills you MUST master if you want to get ahead — and implement them with integrity — you'll see how amazing it feels to swap those fears for empowerment.
Can you remind me what I'm get when I sign up?
The Alley is a membership that goes deep on specific topics relevant to professionals of color in corporate America.
Think: Networking, negotiation, managing bias in the workplace, and making strategic moves to advance your career and get your needs met (and that’s just for starters).
Each month, you get access to:
Get instant access to these incredible resources and our VIP community at this low price!
The "just wing it" approach to your career might be good enough today, but what is it really costing you?
Coasting along in your career might keep you relevant tomorrow, next month, or even six months from now…
But your time is not a renewable resource. What happens when you wake up one morning and realize you're 1 year, 5 years, an entire decade behind where you thought you'd be from now?
With a small but focused investment in yourself each week (just over a dollar a day), you can create the career and future you envision. It's life-changing. And that's why I want to make joining us inside The Alley the easiest executive decision you'll make all year.
Shorten the corporate learning curve and get the strategic guidance you need with the no-brainer investment in your career
The Corporate Alley Cat saved my daughter's career
The Corporate Alley Cat saved my daughter's career. She was stuck in a rut -- working at a dead-end job that she hated in an uncomfortable and stressful environment. Ms Owens counseled her and placed her with a wonderful career coach who helped her figure out what she wanted to do and how to do it. She is now well on her way to starting her own business, which looks very promising. Most importantly, she is now happy, confident, motivated and excited about what the future holds. Thank you Corporate Alley Cat!
Parent of a Millennial
I wouldn't be a person of my word if I didn't wrap this up with some #REALTALK
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You're thinking it through, wondering if stepping inside The Alley is worth it...
For just over a dollar a day, what would it mean to you if the support, strategies and coaching inside The Alley could help you…
- Negotiate the raise you've been meaning to ask for?
- Curate your own inner-circle of peers, mentors and sponsors who have your back when you’re not in the room and scout killer opportunities for you?
- Access in-the-moment feedback from experts who’ve been in your shoes — so you can sidestep corporate BS and navigate your workplace with total confidence?
And, my favorite question of all…
How would it feel to walk into the office on Monday knowing that whatever gets thrown at you, The Alley’s got you covered?
The only question left is: are you in?
All it takes is the first step: to click that button, punch in your details and say YES to the support, strategies and insider information on offer to you today.
Because despite all the soul-crushing and "WTF" moments you've learned to harden yourself to after a lifetime of Black Tuesdays (scroll on up to the top if you don't know what I'm talking about)...
There IS a seat for you at the table. Sometimes you've gotta work for it, and other times, you'll have to build one yourself. But, no matter what…
We're here to help make sure you get it.