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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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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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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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What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬

What to do when someone calls out your unconscious bias 😬 Published March 23, 2022 What started as a post about a child being bullied at school turned into an unconscious bias lesson for the ages. Break it down:  Take a look at the post on the left. What do you assume about the child …

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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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Let’s be Blunt (because subtle isn’t working)

Let’s be Blunt (because subtle isn’t working) Published November 10, 2021 My client was struggling. He was a senior leader who had been learning about unconscious bias, privilege, and allyship for some time. That learning sparked an awareness of a troubling pattern on his team, in the form of comments like these: “Doesn’t he realize …

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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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