Diversity

It really isn’t ours to fix

If a domestic abuse victim survives, is the burden on the victim to explain and correct the problem of the abuse? Or do you protect them and provide a safe haven so they can heal and get on with their lives? You’ll agree that it is on someone with more power to address the abuse, and if they can, shut down the abuser. … Companies… as you lean…

Leading Through the Movement
As we realize this is more than a moment, nestled in middle of a pandemic, it’s important for leaders to be armed with tools to be the best you can be when your people need you most. So I’ve developed a series of digital content to support you.  I’ll continue to add to this body of work as we live through this historic moment.  The goal is to…
What if they aren’t hearing me?

On @theculturesoup, @jarretthill and I discussed how there are so many allies who are articulating so beautifully why All Lives Matter shouldn’t be the retort to Black Lives Matter. There are all sorts of analogies swirling on the interwebs. You’ve heard them all: ✅ The one house on fire ✅ The dinner table where one person isn’t served ✅ The breast cancer event where someone asks why not…

13 Steps Brands Must Take To Improve Diversity & Inclusion

The year was 2013. I was minding my own business, rocking my 3-month-old to sleep after her midday bottle when my smartphone lit up. It was my first supervisor, a partner at a massive agency. He was embedded at a company that used to be a client, and that I had incredible respect for. Ultimately, he asked me to come work for that company. I wasn’t in the…

What will you actually DO to impact real change for black employees?

  I usually begin my messages with storytelling, and while I could tell any number of stories of my experience with discrimination in Corporate America, I want to humanize this message by focusing the discussion on you–the leader who actually has some decision- making power to do something about the black employee experience in your workplace. I’ll start by asking this question: How will you move this important…

Have you checked on your black friends & colleagues?

  Allies… have you texted, called, emailed, sent a carrier pigeon to check on your black friends or colleagues? My network is telling me no. In fact, I know first hand. I know it seems that because some of us have learned to walk and talk in the smooth corporate way, that we have credentials up to our ears, that we are church-going people who wouldn’t dream of…

What are you learning from this crisis?
What do you know now that you didn’t before coronavirus changed everything? This pandemic has blown the cover off of so much, from our leadership at all levels, how companies did business and how they will do it moving forward to the disparities between the haves and have nots, the rich and poor, the tech enabled and tech poor, black/brown and white, health disparities, the privileged and unprivileged.  Even…
Ep 86: Coronavirus, Globalism and A Brand New World with Dr. Anantha Babbili

  There are people in your life that have such an amazing impact on you, that when it is happening you are aware, but as time passes and you look back, your mind is blown. Read: Coach YourSelf Through COVID-19. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Ep 83: Storytelling for the Culture with Christina Steed

She is the quiet storm behind some of the biggest multicultural integrated marketing and communications programs on the planet and what’s more she is my sisterfriend! She is an adjunct Professor at DePaul University and the creator and host of the @firstsoverforty podcast and she is a storyteller #fortheculture. We talk about the importance of multicultural marketing, developing your cultural intelligence, appropriation, @tiktok and so much more. Podcast:……

Ep 70: #ThrowbackThursday AUTHENTICALLY SHE PT2 with Trudy Bourgeois

This week, as we roll into the holiday season and I take some time off, we look back at our Women’s History Month series and the episode with my mentor-coach Trudy Bourgeois.  Buckle up and get ready for some real talk about how to do you the right way. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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