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Navigating Career Peaks: A Journey Through Maslow's Hierarchy from a Black Woman's Perspective

"Navigating Career Peaks: A Journey Through Maslow's Hierarchy in a Minority Woman's Perspective"

In the labyrinth of career development, where ambitions intertwine with societal complexities, women of color often find themselves maneuvering a landscape shaped by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. As the founder and principal consultant at Outside In Consulting, I've witnessed the nuanced journey of professionals, particularly women, striving for self-actualization amid unique challenges.

Physiological Needs:

The foundational layer involves basic requirements for survival, yet for many women of color, this extends beyond sustenance. It's about finding workplaces that respect diversity, where they don't just survive but thrive.

Safety and Security:

Job stability is a cornerstone, but for minority women, this extends to an environment free from discrimination and bias. It's not just a job; it's about feeling secure in their identity and contributions.

Social Belonging:

Navigating predominantly white or male workspaces can be isolating. The need for a supportive community becomes crucial. Mentorship and networking go beyond professional advancement; they become lifelines for inclusion.


Acknowledgment for one's skills and achievements is universal. For women of color, it's about dismantling stereotypes and demanding recognition not just for competence but for overcoming systemic hurdles.


Aspirations aren't mere career goals; they're battles against bias. Achieving one's potential involves breaking through ceilings, but it also means contributing to a broader narrative of diversity and inclusion.


At Outside In Consulting, my mission is rooted in elevating this journey. It's about more than crafting resumes and interview strategies; it's navigating the emotional terrain of workplaces that often overlook these diverse narratives. Understanding Maslow's hierarchy through this lens isn't just a theoretical exercise; it's a call to redefine how we perceive career development for women, especially those at the intersection of multiple identities.

In the pursuit of self-actualization, I'm not just consultant and coach; I'm an advocate. Advocating for workplaces that celebrate differences, value unique perspectives, and recognize the resilience it takes to ascend Maslow's pyramid when the terrain is steeper.

This blog isn't just a reflection; it's a manifesto. A manifesto for change, for inclusivity, and for a professional landscape where everyone, irrespective of their background, can ascend their own career peaks.

Javon M. Trottman-Floyd

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Founder & Principal Consultant

Outside In Consulting


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