March 6, 2024

This Former Instagram Exec’s Collective Is Uplifting Black Women In The C-Suite

Regina Lawless

Regina Lawless is a former Instagram executive and the founder of Bossy and Blissful, a collective for Black female executives.

Meet Regina Lawless

Her journey to becoming the first director of diversity and inclusion at Instagram was marked by personal loss and professional insights. 

According to The Grio, after her husband’s sudden passing in 2021, Lawless found herself reflecting on the complexities of Black women’s success in corporate America. 

While she felt her role was supported, there needed to be a more comprehensive commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion.

Bossy And Blissful

Lawless’ experience led to the creation of Bossy and Blissful, a collective aimed at supporting Black female executives. 

The current socio-political climate, with its attacks on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, makes the landscape even more challenging for Black women in the corporate world.

This group addresses the unique challenges these women face, such as misogynoir – a form of misogyny that explicitly targets Black women – and the isolation of being the only person of color in a C-suite role.

“I’m now determined to help other women, particularly women of color and Black women, to see that we don’t have to sacrifice ourselves for success,” Lawless told The Grio.

The sense of being an ‘Only’ – the sole Black person or woman of color in a workspace – can be isolating and daunting. 

“Getting together helps us when we go back, and we’re the “only-lonelies” in a lot of our organizations,” Lawless said.

This is where the collective’s significance shines, providing a support system for these women, often called the ‘only-lonelies’ in their respective organizations. 

“I complain every day about something that’s going on at work,” said Charity Wallace, a biotech professional.

“So having that circle of Black women that you can really vent to is important because, again you cannot let the things like this sit. We’ve been silenced for too long.”

Bossy and Blissful, and similar initiatives, are not just support groups – they are beacons of hope and resilience in the face of systemic challenges.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.