From microaggressions to isolation to developing relationships that support career advancement...Black women leaders experience unique challenges in the workplace.

BLACK WOMAN LEADING™ was created to provide a safe space to center your experience as you learn, heal, and grow in your leadership capacity


Get connected in a positive community of like-minded women that support your growth by providing the encouragement, accountability, and celebration you need along the journey!


The program is best suited for mid-career Black women leaders and managers that aspire to continue to grow into more senior leadership roles in corporate (or larger organizational) spaces. Although it is not an eligibility requirement, our participants are often one of the only Black women leaders at their level within the department or organization.


Past participants have come from a diverse selection of industries, including technology, health care, government, higher education, and the nonprofit sector, representing companies such as Dell Technologies, Zillow Group, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the FBI.


In addition to the value of the program content, this interaction with other Black women leaders from different industries creates a robust peer-learning and networking opportunity for program participants.

Specifically, this program will help you in these key focus areas:

Leadership Development

  • Gain awareness about key competencies of transformative leaders, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and develop your action plan to advance your career as a stronger leader and manager
  • Discover leadership tools and frameworks, based on best practice strategies, to implement into your work right away. This includes topics such as strategic thinking, change management, having difficult conversations, creating a high performing team, coaching and developing team members, conflict management, and delegation and holding others accountable
  • Boost your confidence, clarify your value, and amplify your voice in the workplace
  • Participate in collective healing activities, speak your truth, and process the emotional labor required of a Black woman in a majority work space
  • Name the negative effects of burnout, microaggressions, internalized oppression, and being highly visible (and invisible all at the same time) on your overall wellness and professional development. Awareness and “calling a thing, a thing” is a critical first step to empowerment and healing
  • Identify your wellness needs, develop healthy coping skills, and create and activate your personal self-care plan with accountability from your coach and fellow members






  • Learn how to maximize professional relationships and your network to help you achieve your professional goals
  • Understand how to honor and utilize ally connections without de-centering your perspective and needs
  • Strategize how to create mutually beneficial mentor and sponsor relationships that allow you to give and receive value
  • Brainstorm with your fellow members about how to strengthen professional relationships between Black women






How does the program work?

Breakdown of the Program Components:

  • Program Playbook with Prep Exercises

  • DISC Leadership Assessment + Debrief Report

  • Kick-Off Orientation Session

  • Six Live Group Sessions: 3 Learning Sessions + 3 Mastermind Sessions

  • Toolkit with On-Demand Video Trainings + Mini-Workbooks

  • Growth Partner

  • Private Slack Community Group

Hear From Past Participants



Vice President, Mortgage Capital Markets Operations, Radian


Executive Director, Public Narrative

"When I started, I was growing my team larger than ever before and I was feeling anxious and downright fearful about bringing on new people. I really needed help with putting processes in place. What I didn’t know I needed was guidance on being a better leader. Laura helped me to focus, get organized, and, most importantly, showed me how to operationalize the values of my company. Working with her helped me take my role as a leader more seriously. It was a mindset shift that will serve me forever! As a result of, I now have confidence in my ability to be a good leader, and I feel blessed to have had this support at this pivotal moment in my company."



Founder & CEO, Begin Within


Regional Sales Director, Dell Technologies


EAP Regional Program Manager, FBI Headquarters

"When I signed up for the Black Woman Leading program, I was looking for the opportunity to connect with and learn from other Black women in leadership roles. The program facilitated a community of trust and brought women with diverse backgrounds together to create a unique experience. The support I received in the program was priceless! By the end of the program, I had a clearer vision for my career and personal goals as well as new tools for navigating challenging relationships. I grew as a leader in my professional and personal life, formed meaningful connections, and had an amazing time in the process."


Managing Director, Real Estate and Workplace Strategy

Natural Resources Defense Council


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Meet Laura

Laura Knights is the Creator of Black Woman Leading™ and Founder & CEO of Knights Consulting, LLC, where she helps organizations cultivate more confident, conscious leaders and high performing teams. She is an executive coach, speaker, facilitator, and trainer with 17+ years of experience creating professional development programs that have touched leaders all over the world. Her expertise and background in business, human resources, adult education, and as a licensed clinical social worker uniquely equip her to teach others how to deal with both the "head work" and "heart work" required to succeed at work and in life. 


Laura received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, from Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from DePaul University. She is a certified workplace critical incident response professional, a certified clinical trauma professional, a certified practitioner for both the DISC and Core Values Index assessments, and holds the Licensed Clinical Social Worker designation in both Illinois and Georgia.


Laura is a teacher and master strategist at heart. She has always been dedicated to supporting Black women to move from surviving to thriving in both their personal and professional endeavors. Black Woman Leading™ is the latest iteration of her efforts, and a true passion project that combines all the best of her professional experiences and skills. Together, with her program coaches, Laura aims to support you holistically as you learn, heal, and grow in your leadership capacity.

Founder of Knights Consulting and Black Woman Leading, Laura Knights

Contact Laura


Phone: 888-661-7104







Our Program Coaches

Summer Alexander

Summer is a dynamic coach and facilitator with 10+ years experience in corporate training, communications, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement. She is also a Certified Equity & Belonging Facilitator.  Her expertise spans various industries including information technology, finance, government, nonprofit and higher education. Summer is also an alumni of the Black Woman Leading program!

Sunette Thompson

Black Woman Leading™ is a program of Knights Consulting LLC

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