Interview with Janice Sutherland

February 16, 2022

Interview with Janice Sutherland

Sometimes what we avoid like the plague is the very thing that hits dead center in our sweet spot. As the first black female CEO of a Technology company in Antigua & Barbuda, Janice carried a certain prestige. But she also carried a perceived availability to her time as a result of the small environment in which she operated. When she made the decision to step down and into her next role, it wasn’t a slam dunk. She had to allow herself to “swerve” into the sweet spot she has now attained.

About the Guest:

Janice Sutherland is CEO and Founder of This Woman Can, an award winning leadership and personal development company rooted in career coaching for ambitious mid-career women of color, supporting them to re-align their careers while staying true to their personal values and professional priorities.

Her professional career has spanned over 25 years of leadership with prestigious multinationals in the UK and Caribbean, she crossed continents and make history when she became the first female CEO in the Telecoms Sector in her ancestral home of Antigua and Barbuda.  

Pivoting into entrepreneurship, she knows only too well the hurdles and obstacles women face in
pursuit of their goals especially those she coins the triple threat “ Black, Female and over 50”.   

She is the author of international best-seller This Woman Can – The no bullsh*t guide for women who lead and the host of podcast “This Woman Can” which inspires women over 40 to embrace themselves and dream big while achieving their goals and career ambitions.. 

● Learn more at https://janicesutherland.com/

About the Host:

Laurel Rutledge’s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and women’s leadership coach.

Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you.

After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice — she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work.

After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers.

From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. She’s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed.

She’s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her personal philosophy: “lead with your heart, act with your head.”

Find out more at: https://laurelrutledge.com

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