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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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Land of the free? Home of the brave?

Land of the free? Home of the brave? Published July 6, 2022 Independence Day didn’t feel celebratory this year.  And not just because the Supreme Court just ruled that women and people with uteruses don’t deserve human rights. It’s that, plus the threat to LGBTQ+ human rights, plus mass murder of children and elders with legal weapons, plus racism and white …

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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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When are you going to start leading?

When are you going to start leading? Published May 24, 2022 This newsletter is called Simply Diversity for a reason. Every other week, I provide reflections and actions that are easy to say, easy to write and easy to do.  Unless, perhaps, you are in a leadership role. Then, for some reason, these simple demonstrations of humanity …

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How labels hide the real data on diversity

How labels hide the real data on diversity Published May 11, 2022 AANHPI.  Do you know what that acronym stands for?  If you live in the United States, you might recognize it. Or, you might think, that looks a lot like AAPI. But if you don’t consume much media from the U.S., AANHPI is likely meaningless. AANHPI …

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What I DO NOT understand about DEI

What I DO NOT understand about DEI Published April 6, 2022 When comments like this come across my desk, I rarely feel surprise.  I hear some variation of “DEI is only an excuse to give people jobs because of their skin color and not because they earned them” all the time.  But something about this YouTube …

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Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective

Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective Thinking BIG about DEI is Ineffective Published February 23, 2022 People are thinking too broadly when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  And it’s a problem! Break it down:  Are you scratching your head? Thinking too big is usually encouraged! We’re applauded for being visionary, thinking large, and solving …

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How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬

How to speak up against bias… without losing your job 😬 Published September 29, 2021 During a client training session, someone asked, “what do you do when you hear a microaggression and you want to say something, but you don’t feel you have enough power?”  In other words: how do you speak up without putting yourself …

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We need to talk about microaggressions

We need to talk about microaggressions Published September 15, 2021 This conversation stopped me in my tracks.  The prospective client wanted to hire Rework Work to deliver a DEI training. For the topic, I suggested microaggressions: The client: “That sounds really interesting. What are microaggressions?”  Me: 😱 😬 😞 Break it down:  It reminded me …

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