Husband-and-Wife Entrepreneurs Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke Share Five Practical Tips for Black Professionals to Succeed in the Workplace

Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke. (Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke (c) Francis Augusto)

Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke have made it up the career ladder with a combination of hard work, resilience, and effective networking.

Raphael is the founder of networking events the UK Black Business Show and UK Black Business Week. Opeyemi is a diversity and inclusion lead at Facebook.

The British couple say that despite professional success, they encountered discrimination on the way up — an experience they say is common for Black professionals trying to progress in predominantly white workplaces.

In the US, just 7% of managers are Black, versus 66% white, 15% Asian, and 8% Latinx, according to McKinsey’s Race in the Workplace report for 2021. By contrast, Black employees are overrepresented in lower-paid, frontline roles.

In the UK, just 1.5% of leadership positions are held by Black people, according to 2019 data from Business in the Community, though Black groups make up more than 3% of the population.

Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke’s new book, “Twice as Hard”, was published by DK in June and aims to be a handbook for ambitious Black professionals.

The book brings in input from 40 successful Black figures, such as Mathew Knowles, Beyonce’s father and one-time manager.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Sawdah Bhaimiya

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