The Privilege You Should Embrace, Not Feel Guilty About: A Bold Conversation with Conrad WoodyGuilty Privilege

The Privilege You Should Embrace, Not Feel Guilty About: A Bold Conversation with Conrad Woody

In the fascinating world of board seats - these aren't just ordinary chairs; they're seats of power, and they hold the keys to decision-making across industries. And guess what? They're even more remarkable for people of color. In this episode of Guilty Privilege, Conrad Woody, a Corporate Affairs Thought Leader, and your host Amber Cabral explore the magic of diversity in corporate governance and the real cash value it brings to the table.

Conrad doesn't just drop knowledge bombs; he's a generous mentor too. He lets us in on the five essentials for those eager to secure board seats: excellence, governance know-how, experience, personal branding, and a solid network. With these tools, you'll have the roadmap to not just finding your way into the boardroom but also making a difference once you're there. He introduces the fascinating notion of "swim lanes," elucidating the actions individuals should take to acquire valuable insights and turbocharge their career progression. Conrad doesn't stop there - he generously provides listeners with a treasure trove of insights for aspiring board candidates, underlining the quintessential importance of excellence, governance knowledge, governance experience, personal branding, and relationship capital.

Ultimately, this conversation weaves together a rich tapestry of wisdom, offering listeners a trove of invaluable insights into the realms of career development, networking, and harnessing the power of privilege to effect positive change in various facets of life.


  • Meaningful professional connections begin with self-awareness
  • Building relationships and networks can help you access valuable information and opportunities
  • Focus on building your brand and nurture key relationships
  • Personal interests and hobbies can align with your broader life goals and objectives
  • Building meaningful relationships requires knowing yourself
  • Adapt when needed, but stay true to yourself
  • Leverage your privilege for good share knowledge and opportunities


"I don't think you can effectively build relationship capital or find things in common with others without knowing yourself." - Conrad Woody

"If you're not passively influencing the hearts and minds of the stakeholders that make these decisions, it is going to be really hard to find yourself." - Conrad Woody

"Information is a lot of the reason why there's inequity in the world." - Conrad Woody

"I needed to be a bit more deliberate about the types of connections I was making." -Amber Cabral


Conrad Woody

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LinkedIn | conradwoody

Twitter | @cwoodyjr

Amber Cabral

IG | @bamcabral

LinkedIn | @ambercabral

Facebook | @amber.cabral

Twitter | @BamCabral

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Amber has a genuine ability to bring out the authentic aspects of topics that many of us must want to sit down and have a conversation about! Refreshing, compelling and yes, entertaining — can’t wait for each episode to drop and I even feel more equipped to expand on these topics in my own circle!

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WOW! I am always enthralled by the conversations had and topics discussed on this podcast. As someone who rarely feels motivated or inspired, I am so grateful to have found this podcast. I have shared this podcast with so many people in my life as each episode offers a brilliant mind’s insight. This past episode I had to pull over and just allow myself to feel the the feeling of motivation and then gratitude. This show doesn’t present itself as a self help podcast, nor does it attempt to—for lack of a better word— preach to it’s audience. However, every episode I find myself unapologetically happy with myself. I find myself sharing this podcast hoping others feel this feeling. Having access to this podcast is one privilege I absolutely refuse to feel guilty for—and boy what a privilege it is!

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Wow! I couldn’t get enough of this. Wished it were longer. The conversation is real, authentic and can absolutely be life changing if you soak the info in. Just finished listening to the episode with Tieko Nejon on emotional intelligence and Amber asked the best questions. Tieko answered so thoughtfully and broke it allll the way down for us. Kudos to both of you. I am sharing this podcast with so many people.

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This podcast provides a path to self-awareness in the most refreshing and engaging way. The conversations are so yummy (yes, yummy!) and they make me feel like I’m sitting on the sofa with Amber and her guests.

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