Episode 59: How Being “The Only" is a Strength

Helen shares how she was born in Toronto, while her mom was born in Jamaica and dad in Ghana. She notes growing up she experienced being “the only” in a predominantly white community. She shares she could not find makeup for her skin tone and there was a lack of Black men to date. She conveys that she landed in the field of psychology accidentally and is now one of the founding officers of the Black Psychology section of the CPA. Her new book How to be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work will be published in February 2023; she states that being different should be seen as a strength as racialized people offer a unique perspective.

She’s thrilled to have a new book “How to be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work” that will be published by Routledge in February 2023.

Dr. Helen Ofosu

Dr. Helen Ofosu has been practising Industrial / Organizational Psychology (also known as Work or Business Psychology) in the public, non-profit, and private sectors for over 20 years. In addition to Career and Executive Coaching, her specialties include the assessment and development of leadership skills, and navigating the complex issues of workplace bullying, harassment, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Ofosu is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Carleton University and she is one of the founding officers of the Section on Black Psychology, Canadian Psychological Association.


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