Denying employees the opportunity to be their true selves at work threatens their performance — and the future of your business
Beware of Microaggressions Through Microinvalidations
Backhanded compliments are just as damaging as more overt forms of bias
Recently on LinkedIn, I stumbled upon a post that praised Prince Joel and Princess Ariana Makonnen of Ethiopia. Prince Joel is an HBCU graduate, attorney, and businessman (and he speaks five languages!), and…
Marginalized people’s stories are often policed and diluted when the privileged feel left out — this has to stop
Recently, I shared a LinkedIn post celebrating Kamala Harris as our first female, Black, and South Asian Vice President. The post included a simple photo, which used emojis to illustrate the…
Creating more inclusive spaces requires strategy, sincerity, and a focus on belonging
America faced an unprecedented racial reckoning this year, and in response, several major companies like Apple and Facebook made sizable donations to social justice organizations. But perhaps they would have been better served by fixing diversity within their…
In early June, social media feeds were filled with black squares, as part of the Blackout Tuesday initiative. The intent was to ignite a national dialogue about racial injustice and draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. But there were two problems. First, many of the people who posted…
Moving beyond diversity…
43% of companies with DIVERSE BOARDS NOTICED HIGHER PROFITS
Companies with highly gender-diverse executive teams PERFORM SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER
Racially & Ethnically diverse companies are 35% MORE LIKELY TO PERFORM BETTER
Diverse companies are much more likely to CAPTURE NEW MARKETS
Diverse workers have been a casualty of the economic downturn, but it doesn’t have to be this way
There’s no denying the harsh professional reality of the pandemic — an estimated 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment in just two months. Many of those workers have been furloughed or…
The buzzworthy phrase is often an excuse for homogeneity
Cultural fit is perhaps the buzziest of buzzworthy business phrases, with everyone from new startup leaders to veteran CEOs touting its virtues. On the surface, cultural fit seems harmless, even desirable. What executive doesn’t want to hire someone whose professional style…
It’s time to amplify all the voices at the table
The benefits of diversity have been recognized at scale. Among the many perks, diverse teams lead to increased creativity and increased productivity, which boosts revenue and returns. Diversity also improves a company’s reputation, making it easier to attract top-tier talent…
I use to feel ashamed of my parents being addicts. I’d never speak about them.
Ashamed of having 5 kids at 21. I lied about my age.
Ashamed of having only having a GED at the time. I knew I was smart but still felt inferior.
Through reflection, candid conversations with my mirror and a lot of hard work on, still in progress,
I realize, the things that I felt shame for were only chapters.
That the beginning and ending were not up to me.
I can only work the middle of my story.
My story is my passion. Where a person comes from doesn’t dictate where they will go and how much they will grow.
Bad experiences equal experience to make better decisions.