Leadership

Dallas Innovates Features LMS and Other North Texas Entrepreneurs

BY ALEX EDWARDS • JUN 12, 2020   Earlier this year, Texas was ranked as the No. 2 state for Black entrepreneurs to build a business. While there are many factors that make the state, and Dallas-Fort Worth, a great place for founders of color—camaraderie, opportunity, economic incentives—there’s still a ways to go when it comes to inclusion. Those issues are evermore apparent in the current state of…

Ep 102: The Revolution in the Workplace with LaFern Batie
Part 2 in my series What Does the Civil Rights Movement Mean for the Workplace? continues tomorrow with a very special guest. Lafern K. Batie and I met last March outside Atlanta, Georgia at the CaPP Institute coaching intensive. She was one of my trainers, and in our first interaction, we became fast friends. I consider her to be one of my mentor coaches because she taught me…
Take a Walk in My Shoes: Empathy and White Fragility in the Age of Allyship

So you want to be an ally? It’s ok to be new to it. You just gotta be true to it. How? The biggest hurdle you’ll have is empathy. It’s the thing that allows you to take a walk in someone else’s shoes and causes you to look beyond yourself. It’s the one thing that topples white fragility, which is one of the most substantial barriers to allyship.…

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…
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…
5 Ways to Lead with Tech in a Fractured Digital Age

WATCH: Today’s #NSCRockstarLeadership Tip of the Day– Lead with Tech. A couple nuggets for you in the video, but I’ve also highlighted what I shared with leaders at the Opera America Conference last week as we explored Technologies and Their Impact for OPERA America. If you want to lead as a brand or an individual, here are 5 Simple Questions to connect and engage with tech that will…

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