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Social Media: A Digital Portal for Access, an Opportunity and a Voice
Published on October 18, 2016 on LinkedIn On Oct 6, 2016, I spoke to students, faculty and staff from a variety of universities and colleges at the 6th Annual Howard University Social Media Conference.  The topic was how social media has provided access and opportunity to marginalized communities.  I share the original script of that keynote below, and I'd love to hear about your experiences.  The keynote was…
Bringing Inclusion to the Opera
Published on June 14, 2018 on LinkedIn I've been to one opera in my life, but I never returned. I shared with Opera America conference attendees why last year in a Q&A with it's CEO, Marc Scorca, after a keynote about inclusion marketing tenets. My reasons were linked to a feeling of not belonging. Anyone who looked like me was handing me a playbill or wiping up in the…
Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work As a Black Woman — Unpacked (Part 2)
In the final installment of this 2-part series, we dive deeper with these extraordinary women and ask them what advice they have for women, especially black women, on how to successfully bring one’s authentic self to work. Many black women in corporate America lit a figurative candle in honor of the retirement of Ursula Burns, the last black woman to occupy a CEO post in a Fortune 500.…
Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work As a Black Woman — Unpacked (Part 1)
So you want to be your authentic self in your corporate job. You have a photo of Bozoma Saint John as your screensaver. She is #goals. But the data about how to break through like the chief brand officer of Uber is daunting, to say the least. Late last year, McKinsey & Co., along with LeanIn.Org released their annual Women in the Workplace study, and there seemed to be…

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