The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the voices, experiences, and factors promoting the leadership career paths of senior-level women of color in higher education and to capture their voices how they were able to overcome the barriers and challenges to breaking the glass ceiling on leadership career paths to senior-level administration in higher education. A phenomenological research method was employed to capture the participants’ voices, experiences, and leadership career paths of their roles in higher education. Results show that the women of color in the study confirmed the perceived challenges and barriers, perceptions of establishing a career path, and factors to overcome barriers and challenges to breaking the glass ceiling. Twelve themes emerged from the 15 participants. The women in the study were from community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and predominately White institutions. The interview process consisted of semistructured, open-ended interview questions to capture their voices about lived career path experiences. Through adversity, they persevered with a single-minded determination to overcome the barriers and challenges faced in higher education.


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