A Note from Cindi Bright : BBEF Grant Recipient
I am sending a note of sincere gratitude to Tabor 100 and all of the support you gave me during these past two years – to help me and my business recover. It’s no secret – that over a decade ago, I was fired from a successful position after a major takedown in corporate America, for standing up for myself as a Black Woman.
Every Black woman has suffered greatly and I cannot thank Tabor 100 enough for their support. My business is not out of the woods yet, but it is certainly more prosperous, with the Black Business Equity Fund grant I received. In 2007, my son was being recruited by Ivy League schools and I made a decision to put him into a feeder school for Stanford University. I had to sell my only asset to establish residency in Bellevue and this plan ultimately succeeded as he is a proud Stanford Alumni. Access to education for black kids – is everything! But the “comeback” as a black
woman is no joke! Having no family wealth, no down payment assistance, being fired, having to sue an employer to get lost wages back, battling breast cancer, starting a business, COVID taking away my business, being put out of my home (rental) during chemotherapy and COVID, was enough to bring down just about anyone. Except Me!
My business is not out of the woods yet, but it is certainly more prosperous, with the Black Business Equity Fund grant I received.
I am not done, I am still pushing forward and I am now a sought-after consultant, a radio show host advocating for black women, and a published author – I couldn’t have accomplished all this and had such a transformation in my life without the direct support of Tabor 100’s Black Business Equity Fund.
Cindi has recently published “The Color of Courage”
“The Color of Courage” reveals the abusive nature of Corporate culture and conveys how racism is baked into its everyday practices and protocols. She invites readers into her own gut-wrenching story of being fired without severance from a prominent Human Resources position, leading her to sue for discrimination. Unapologetic and direct, The Color of Courage is a timely analysis of who holds the keys to wealth and power in the workplace, and how to equalize this gross imbalance. It’s an urgent warning to leaders to stop having superficial conversations about anti-racism. It’s time to recognize both the people and policies causing harm, and start cleaning house!