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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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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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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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Two ways you can challenge the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Two ways you can challenge the stigma of mental health in the workplace Published April 20, 2022 “I just stood there naked.” That’s how my colleague Natasha Bowman describes revealing her struggles with mental health. This is how she put it:   Not enough people feel safe discussing their mental health challenges.  Not enough people are able …

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Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed

Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed Published March 9, 2022 Women are leaders. Notice my verb choice: not women can lead, but women are leaders.  It’s not semantics, it’s perception. Break it down:  That subtle verb choice can mean the difference between hiring a woman to an executive role or keeping her stuck in middle management! Women …

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When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail?

When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail? Published February 9, 2022 You can’t see the view from a tower when you’re still standing on the ground.  From the ground, all you see are walls. Your perspective is limited, and you can’t possibly know what the vista will be from the top.  …

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Let’s take DEI straight to the top

Let’s take DEI straight to the top Published January 26, 2022 I’m known for being direct and getting right to the point, so here it is: Too many companies offering DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) workshops and trainings to their employees are doing things backwards.  They’re taking a bottom up approach and it’s hurting their progress …

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A DEI storm is coming. Are you prepared?

A DEI storm is coming. Are you prepared? Published January 12, 2022 Imagine riding out a winter storm in a beautiful, snowy lodge.  You have a warm fire crackling and a mug of something hot in your hands. You’ve got boardgames, movies, and thick blankets. You’re surrounded by people you enjoy. The snowfall is beautiful! …

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