Abstract: This qualitative phenomenological research study focused on women in senior and upper management positions and represents the personal and professional lived experiences of 10 Black women in leadership roles in banking industry in Northern California who overcame obstacles and barriers to advance in their careers. The researcher conducted face-to-face interviews then compiled the lived experiences of the study participants and identified themes to discover if there were cultural factors that prevented them from advancing in leadership in banking industry. Study findings determined four emergent themes as the perceived experiences of African American women in leadership roles in the banking industry. The themes were (a) bias, (b) unfair practices, (c) gender inequality, and (4) fair and ethical leadership. The study results might provide vital information to banking leaders on the abilities of minority women in leadership positions to encourage the leaders to promote minority women to higher management positions for which they are qualified and to provide abetter understanding of the pitfalls in career advancement Black women in the banking industry face.
Keywords: Advancement,Black,Leadership,Management,Minority, Women