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Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as Woman of Color FT. Lakeya Cherry

March 25, 2022 Harleny Vasquez Season 2 Episode 6
Social Work Insider
Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as Woman of Color FT. Lakeya Cherry
Show Notes

From getting her DSW to becoming a CEO and now starting her own coaching business, my guest today, Lakeya Cherry, it’s a woman of many talents.. Join me as we talk about the many obstacles Lakeya had to overcome from being a first generation raised by a single mom to now being the CEO of The Network for Social Work Management.

During this wide ranging conversation we discuss everything including:

  • How to overcome imposter syndrome as a Social Worker
  • The value in finding the right mentors to help you achieve your dreams
  • Prioritizing self care and knowing your values 

Here’s a little bit about Lakeya:

Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW, ACC is an executive leadership coach who has dedicated her career to the growth and development of individuals and the organizations they are a part of. Her former clients include Headspace, Glassdoor, LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Mux, Tot Squad, The Salvation Army, The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Mental Health Advocates for Children, Black Administrators of Child Welfare, and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. 

Dr. Cherry holds the title of Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international organization dedicated to strengthening and mobilizing diverse social impact leaders through education, leadership development, networking, and community-building. 

Under her leadership, the Network has expanded globally and introduced transformative programming that not only produced better leaders but also enhanced organizational cultures. Her approach is informed by her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California where she was honored with the coveted Order of Arête award, her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 


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