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Unprepared for Black History Month? Start here.

Unprepared for Black History Month? Start here. Published January 25, 2023 “People are trying to be sensitive by serving ‘classic’ soul food dishes,” said Michael Twitty, the chef, historian, and author of The Cooking Gene, referring to the ways many large companies commemorate diversity days and months like Black History Month. “But we can do better than …

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A *simple* way to practice inclusion: free tool for 2023

A *simple* way to practice inclusion: free tool for 2023 Published December 14, 2022 I am willing to bet that being an inclusive leader matters to you (you’re reading Simply Diversity, after all!).   And, I bet you also know that “being inclusive” isn’t a finish line you cross, but an ongoing journey – a continuum of …

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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 ADIDAS has co-signed acceptable forms of bias

How ADIDAS has co-signed acceptable forms of bias Published November 2, 2022 Unless you’ve been under a rock or avoiding social media (understandable considering the state of Twitter right now), you’ve probably seen headline after headline about Kanye West or Ye (that’s his legal name now). But before you close your browser because you don’t …

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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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(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated Published September 7, 2022 What does it mean that “quiet quitting” is taking workplaces by storm? As if we needed another signal that employees are sick and tired of working in toxic jobs with no hope for improvement or escape. Barely a year ago we learned that given the opportunity, people will leave! (I …

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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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Land of the free? Home of the brave?

Land of the free? Home of the brave? Published July 6, 2022 Independence Day didn’t feel celebratory this year.  And not just because the Supreme Court just ruled that women and people with uteruses don’t deserve human rights. It’s that, plus the threat to LGBTQ+ human rights, plus mass murder of children and elders with legal weapons, plus racism and white …

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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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