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How to be an Ally, Step 4: There is no middle ground in being an ally

For individuals: Educate yourself. Learn the history of racism in our country. Do not expect your friends/colleagues of color to educate you. Understand terminology like white privilege, microaggressions, & unconscious bias. Learn why you should not say that you are “color blind”. Understand why Amy Cooper weaponizing her white privilege was so dangerous. For organizations: […]

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How to be an Ally, Step 3: Be Strategic to Make Real Change

CEOs are asking: “What can we do? I want to address this & do better.” I’m getting call after call from people of color (POC) saying, “I’ve been handed responsibility for DEI just because I’m a POC. Can you help?” We are at a crossroads in our country. I’ve never seen this level of momentum […]

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How to Be an Ally, Step 2: “Recognize, Respond, & Report”

Our Scoutmaster shared an important example with the kids in our troop. One of his Black co-workers was wearing a mask. Another co-worker, White, asked him, “Are you wearing that to protect yourself or are you planning to rob Target”. The scoutmaster positioned his response within scout values. He talked to the kids about being […]

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“Creative Dissent”

I was reading CNN when a story about a woman who defied the Saudi Arabian ban on women driving caught my eye. I had just come back from taking my daughter shopping…without my husband and I drove myself. A simple act I do numerous times a day. But in some parts of the world, it […]

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Where are the women in the C-suite?

Where are the women in the C-suite? At the current rate, it will be 2082 when women achieve parity in the boardroom Seventy years from now. I calculated that this will not happen until my great-granddaughter’s generation. It’s a sobering thought. An international survey provided the following stats: –          39.8% of companies have NO FEMALE […]

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Burger King and the Goddess

A few people sent me a link to a Burger King ad which recently ran in Spain to ask for my thoughts. The ad depicts the Hindu goddess Lakshmi sitting on top of a burger along with some snacks and features the line, “The snack is sacred”. As an expert on diversity and cross-cultural issues […]

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Relationship Building is Key to Working Across Cultures

“Just like Americans would not want to be judged by the last movie that came out of the U.S., Indians do not want to be judged by Slumdog Millionaire”, stated Mr. Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director Marriott International at the June 26th India Trade Conference in California. Believing that India has tremendous potential, Marriot […]

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Have We Become Too Politically Correct?

Have we become too politically correct? This is a question I am constantly asked. Many people say that they are tired of how “sensitive” people have become and that they are only “kidding”. And that people have “lost their sense of humor”. My mother used to say, “If it hurts someone, it is not funny”. […]

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“Your English is so good” and other things to not say!

I get complimented on my English on a regular basis. Why is that an issue? And why is that not a compliment? Because I grew up in Southern California. So, why do people continue to “compliment” me on my ability to speak English? I think it is because I wear a “racial uniform”. I look […]

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Women First: A Quick Business Etiquette Tip

If you are being introduced to a woman, always let her take the lead in whether or not you shake hands. This tip is for all cultures, even the U.S. A man should always wait to see if the woman extends her hand or simply says “hello”. It is her choice whether she shakes hands […]

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