Executive Leadership Development

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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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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Why it might be time to leave your DEI role

Why it might be time to leave your DEI role Published August 3, 2022 “I feel like I failed at my job,” said Sarah. She was stuck in the paradoxical position that a lot of people in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) roles are stuck in: it’s your job to make change, yet your hands are …

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Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth

Why I don’t “celebrate” Juneteenth Published June 22, 2022 Not long ago, I was asked to give a Juneteenth talk. I said “no.”  Break it down:  I didn’t know what Juneteenth was until a few years ago. My parents grew up in Guyana, and our family didn’t move to the United States until I was …

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The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress

The performative BS that blocks meaningful progress Published June 8, 2022 I think it’s a bunch of performative BS. 😬 That’s my honest opinion on companies that overlay their logos with rainbows for Pride Month.  Does that sound harsh? Does it give you a twinge of defensiveness? Let’s talk about it.  Break it down:  Rainbow …

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