Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




The intent of this research is to find out more about black women leaders and mentoring. It is clear that black women are underrepresented in leadership positions in this country and in the Twin Cities metro area. To increase the number of black women in leadership roles, it is important to find out from those who have succeeded, how they did it. Mentoring has been identified as an effective means of leadership development in organizations. There has been very little research done specifically on black women who have been mentored and how these relationships have contributed to their career success. Through case studies, it was found that a mentoring relationship is very significant in a black woman's career advancement. This paper looked at the many benefits of having a mentor and the criteria for selecting a mentor. The results also indicated that having more than one mentor is highly recommended if one wants to get ahead. Furthermore, it was found that the women in this study did not have difficulty in finding a mentor.


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