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San Diegan's leadership course breaks barriers for Black women

Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 21:01:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A new leadership course created by a San Diego entrepreneur is breaking down barriers for minority women in business.

Christelyn Karazin grew up in Los Angeles County, where she said she didn't see a lot of representation in the classroom.

"A lot of times I would be the only Black person in the classroom, the only Black person anywhere," Karazin said.

She said she learned to get comfortable in a predominantly White world.

"I graduated from Loyola Marymount University as a Communications Major and graduated Cum Laude. I thought I had all the skills I needed to do really well and then I met my boss from hell," Karazin said solemnly.

At the first "get to know your team" lunch, her boss said she was "lucky" to get the salary she was hired with and told the group how much she made, which was more than her colleagues. Karazin said she felt cut down at every turn.

Her parents didn't have knowledge in this arena. She said her father was a sharecropper's son with an eighth-grade education and her mother was a schoolteacher.

She was missing a rudder to navigate office politics, giving her the idea to launch a leadership course. It would teach other women what she's learned through decades of trials and tribulations.

"A big part of The Pink Pill is about learning the game and I organized it based on game pieces in chess... The king is a hierarchy management style, with very direct communication. I have a direct communication style but not everybody does." Karazin said knowing the communication style of your bosses and leveraging that will propel you upward.

Lean In's State of Black Women in Corporate America Study published in 2020 shows Black women are severely underrepresented in senior management roles.

Highlighting the importance of tools that help underrepresented communities rise. The Pink Pill for Business launched online on June 15.

"We have hundreds of people enrolled now," Karazin said. "It gives me such pleasure that the things I have went through, my failures, and this horrible experience was turned into something amazing."

Karazin hopes to lecture college students, write a book, and create a Pink Pill convention to help women find success.