About BWLC

The Black Women’s Leadership Council (BWLC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Xerox recognized independent employee resource group that exists to aid in achieving company diversity, inclusion, and belonging objectives..  BWLC was started in 1986 by thirteen trailblazing black women in Xerox with the purpose of addressing the unique challenges that black women faced in the workplace while attempting to promote leadership and development opportunities at all ranks in the company.

Mission Statement

The Black Women’s Leadership Council serves as a catalyst to advance professional development and address issues unique to Black women in the Xerox workplace.   We work to forge partnerships with senior management that facilitate the hiring, retention, promotion and development of Black women while fulfilling Xerox’s business needs in the communities where we do business. 

Mission Statement

Black Women’s Leadership Council Serves as a catalyst to advance professional development and address issues unique to Black Women in Xerox workplace. We Work to forge partnership with  senior management that facilitae the hiring, retention and developement of Black women and satisfy business needs

Vision Statement

Black Women will be recognize and rewarded  for their
worth, knowledge, skills and successes.

Vision Statement

Own Our Own Destiny / Chart Our Own Course

Black Women will be recognized and rewarded for their worth, knowledge, skills and successes.

A Word

From Our President

Thirteen Xerox Senior leadership women founded the Black Women’s Leadership Council. Black women face issues in the workplace that differ from other classes both male and female. It is well documented that they face micro-aggressions related to their hair, culture, and behavior style.  These work conditions affect black women’s financial, physical, and mental health.   The impact is evidenced by the shortfall in representation described by many names …  the concrete ceiling, the glass cliff, the broken rung.

These challenges are the basis for the mission of the BWLC.  The BWLC board, chapter directors, initiative leads, Friends and Allies are focused on exposing areas/ actions that create barriers for Black women at Xerox; ensuring that the same support and resources available to employees are equally available and proactively offered to Black women.  This includes training, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship available through Xerox and from outside resources enabled by BWLC.

As the incoming president, I am excited to work with the committed board members and our executive sponsor, to champion our mission to improve the experience and satisfaction of Black women at Xerox.

On behalf of the BWLC, thank you for visiting our website.  I encourage you to reach out to me if you would like to discuss how you can support our mission.

I welcome you to Join Us by becoming a member, Friend, or Ally.

BWLC …. Driven by purpose, principles, power and passion!

– Renee J. Carter

Renée J. Carter

Renée J. Carter

CULTIVATING  and supporting the company’s efforts to attract and retain the best talent, promote leadership and development at all ranks, build an internal support system for workers within the company, and encourage diversity and inclusion among employees at all levels.

CREATING leadership development and career opportunities for all black women.

CONTRIBUTING  to the achievement of business objectives for Xerox and the communities where we do business.

COLLABORATING  with Xerox Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) on targeted programming and facilitating productive and successful community and business partnerships.