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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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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 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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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 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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The most important yet overlooked question about DEI

The most important yet overlooked question about DEI Published October 27, 2021 I work with a lot of good people: executives, VPs, team leaders, and more who want to do what’s right.  But sometimes — lots of times — things go wrong. Take this CEO whom I’ll call John: he wanted to create an inclusive …

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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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