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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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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 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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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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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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The “talent flight” opportunity companies are missing

The “talent flight” opportunity companies are missing Published July 20, 2022 No one wants to work for crappy companies these days. Actually, no one wants to work for crappy managers! Which explains why quit rates rose 3% in March of this year — highest on record according to SHRM.  It is also one explanation for …

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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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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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