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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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How to be an ally: A Guide for Individuals and Organizations

We are living in unprecedented times and we are seeing history being made all around us. I have studied, researched, and published in the field of DEI for more than 25 years and I have never seen this level of energy and intensity of the will to create change. I genuinely believe that we can […]

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How to be an Ally, Step 1: The Importance of Listening

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Unknown Individuals & organizations are reacting in a way I have never seen in more than 25 years of working in the DEI (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion) space. It is as if collective eyes, minds, & hearts have suddenly […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Racism: Free Book to Start the Conversation with your Kids

These conversations have to start early. My daughter was 6 when a boy would not play with her because of her brown skin. That experience pushed us to write a book for children about DEI. I’ve received a number of calls from clients, colleagues, and friends asking how to have conversations with their younger kids…conversations […]

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US Supreme Court Upholds LGBTQIA Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court rules in a 6-3 decision that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees in the workplace against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. What a great way to start the week! https://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-rules-for-gay-rights-in-the-workplace-11592230310?mod=djemalertNEWS

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There is Always a Path Forward

My husband and I have a standing coffee date in the morning before we start our day. Today, I cried over my coffee as we talked about the protests over the weekend. My heart still hurt from watching the news. Anyone who knows me knows that I see the glass as half full…in fact, overflowing. […]

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Silence is not an option.

Silence is not an option. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like millions of others, I have been watching the news over the past few weeks with growing concern. I have been talking to CEOs about what they […]

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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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