Strategies for Black alumni career success; a conversation with Dr. John Polk

For Black professionals, success in the workplace often involves navigating the difficult terrain of systemic biases from both organizations and individuals. Success can also be limited by one’s own biases as it relates to one’s identity. These biases can also have a profound inner effect, leading Black professionals to limit their own career development.

In this engaging online Q&A, Career Coach, DEI educator, and former Cardiothoracic Surgeon John Polk, MD (MED’74, Wheelock’13, SSW’15) discusses strengths-based coaching and how viewing personal identities as strengths can help professionals manage, sustain, and grow their careers.


Dr. John Polk (MED’74, Wheelock’13, SSW’15)
Founder and President, Directions In Coaching