A Seat at the C-Suite Table with Dr. Chuck Wallington

In today’s episode, Dr. Wallington shares his own leadership journey, including the pivotal experiences that shaped his career and the influence of his early days as a reporter.

Listen in as we delve into the themes of mentorship, the challenges faced by African American male executives, and the importance of diversity in leadership roles.

Dr. Wallington’s research, which involved interviewing 30 African American male executives, provided a wealth of insights into their unique career paths, the obstacles they overcame, and the triumphs they celebrated.

Dr. Wallington’s story is not just inspiring; it’s a call to action for all of us to understand the experiences of others, especially when they differ from our own. His book is a must-read for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the leadership journeys of African American executives.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 142, where digital leader, Rita Lazar-Tippe joins Laura for a candid conversation on leadership, values, and team culture building, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-Dr. Wallington’s career journey and pivotal moments.
-The impact of mentorship and support in career development.
-Unique challenges African American male executives in the C-suite usually face.
-Things African American C-suite leaders wished they had had more of and less of in their careers.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Connect with Dr. Wallington on LinkedIn and X.
-Don’t forget to grab his book – A Seat at the C-Suite Table: Insights from the Leadership Journeys of African American Executives by Charles Wallington.
-Join Laura for the first Values First Leader Workshop on April 25th in Dallas, TX. Click here to register today!
-The You Belong in the C-Suite Group Coaching cohort is not open for enrollment. Join us for this cohort and you can join our first in-person retreat in April. Submit your application for enrollment now!
-Subscribe to the podcast’s YouTube channel here.
-Laura’s first book – Values First. How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want – is now available! Grab your copy today!
-Want to work with Laura? Check out her programs and coaching services.
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE and take action on what matters most today!

Connect with Laura:
-Follow The Catch Group on LinkedIn.
-Follow the show on Instagram @thecatchgroup.
-Enjoying what you hear? Follow and leave a review HERE.

More about Dr. Chuck Wallington:

Dr. Chuck Wallington is the author of A Seat at the C-Suite Table: Insights from the Leadership Journeys of African American Executives. Inspired by his own experiences as a C-Suite executive, Chuck interviewed 30 African American male executives across the United States from a variety of industries about their own leadership journeys to the C-Suite. The book provides insights into their challenges and their triumphs.  

In addition to being an author, Chuck is an Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Cone Health, a healthcare enterprise based in Greensboro, NC. In this role, he reports to the CEO and is one of the 10 members of Cone Health’s most-senior leadership team that establishes the business strategy for the enterprise.  

Prior to joining Cone Health, Chuck held leadership roles with American Express where he was a vice president of communications. In this role, Chuck had global responsibility for internal and external communications for the American Express customer service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and India.

Prior to joining American Express, Chuck held leadership roles with Nabisco Brands and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. He was a newspaper reporter for a brief period of time after undergraduate school. 


Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2017, he returned to the classroom and earned a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University. His master’s thesis, which is titled “Barriers, Borders and Boundaries: Exploring why there are so few African-American males in the public relations profession,” was named one of the Top 15 Public Relations Research Insights of 2020. 

In June of 2021, Chuck earned the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University. His dissertation is titled “Navigating the C-Suite: Exploring the leadership journeys of African-American male executives in U.S. corporations.” Chuck has converted his dissertation into a book titled “A Seat at the C-Suite Table: Insights from the Leadership Journeys of African American Executives.” 


Chuck and his wife Sandra reside in Greensboro, NC. They are active members of St. James Presbyterian Church. Chuck is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Pin It on Pinterest