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Unprepared for Black History Month? Start here.

Unprepared for Black History Month? Start here. Published January 25, 2023 “People are trying to be sensitive by serving ‘classic’ soul food dishes,” said Michael Twitty, the chef, historian, and author of The Cooking Gene, referring to the ways many large companies commemorate diversity days and months like Black History Month. “But we can do better than …

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How to approach DEI strategically in 2023

How to approach DEI strategically in 2023 Published January 11, 2023 Why do DEI initiatives fail?  Why do we, even with the best intentions, keep going in circles so a new year comes and not much has changed?  What will we do in 2023 to not repeat the same efforts that got us nowhere in 2022? By closing …

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A *simple* way to practice inclusion: free tool for 2023

A *simple* way to practice inclusion: free tool for 2023 Published December 14, 2022 I am willing to bet that being an inclusive leader matters to you (you’re reading Simply Diversity, after all!).   And, I bet you also know that “being inclusive” isn’t a finish line you cross, but an ongoing journey – a continuum of …

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Is your DEIB work authentic or performative? Here’s how to tell.

Is your DEIB work authentic or performative? Here’s how to tell. Published November 30, 2022 In times of uncertainty or recession, budget or resources allocated to DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) are usually first on the budget chopping block.  If that is the route your organization is taking, you’re making a short-sighted move that …

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How ADIDAS has co-signed acceptable forms of bias

How ADIDAS has co-signed acceptable forms of bias Published November 2, 2022 Unless you’ve been under a rock or avoiding social media (understandable considering the state of Twitter right now), you’ve probably seen headline after headline about Kanye West or Ye (that’s his legal name now). But before you close your browser because you don’t …

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How Virgin Airlines is role modeling DEI (and you can too)

How Virgin Airlines is role modeling DEI (and you can too) Published October 19, 2022 Did you hear? Virgin Airlines recently rolled out a gender-neutral dress code for their flight attendants! I had a moment where I felt really foolish when I first read about the policy. I said to my daughter, “this is great. Male and …

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How queer-friendly is your workplace?

How queer-friendly is your workplace? Published October 5, 2022 “The most important piece for me is safety.” Those are the words of my friend and colleague, when I asked what’s “top of mind” for him regarding support LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace.  Break it down:  Next Tuesday, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day celebrated …

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Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter

Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter Published September 21, 2022 It’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States.  But we can’t talk about equal pay without talking about equal advancement opportunities. If Black women (or any underestimated group) aren’t getting a job in the first place, there’s nothing to be equally compensated for.  …

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(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated Published September 7, 2022 What does it mean that “quiet quitting” is taking workplaces by storm? As if we needed another signal that employees are sick and tired of working in toxic jobs with no hope for improvement or escape. Barely a year ago we learned that given the opportunity, people will leave! (I …

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Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too)

Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too) Published August 17, 2022 My friend once asked, “why are you giving these people all of your brainpower?”  At the time, I was working myself to the bone in corporate. I said, “that’s how I am. If I do something, I’m going to do it well.” …

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