Diversity

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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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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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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