Congratulations on both acknowledging the issue and outlining steps to improve! As a non-tech African-American female the single most important thing I can attribute to my career success, and in some instances the lack there of, is the role of mentoring. Mentoring helps break down communication barriers, expands skill sets, and fosters collaboration. If you ask anyone about a game changer in their career they will inevitably point to a mentoring or advisory relationship. Mentors serve many roles but the most important one is to instill confidence and validate ideas of both parties involved. Mentoring at its best is a reciprocal relationship.
Thanks for posting and good luck!
Robin A. Henderson