Thought Leadership

Juneteenth: How to Celebrate and Educate

Juneteenth: How to Celebrate and Educate

Just learning about Juneteenth? Learn and honor the real racial history  This has been a very tough few weeks. Between this past weekend's racially motivated mass shooting targeting people of color and the Rowe v. Wade leak that, if reversed, would disproportionately...

Microaggressions: Is the Term Inclusive or Outdated?

Microaggressions: Is the Term Inclusive or Outdated?

The ever evolving terminology of DEI Derald Wing Sue, a psychologist, brought the term “microaggressions” — coined in the 1970s by Harvard University professor Chester Pierce to describe the subtle, everyday ways that people of color experience non-inclusive behavior....

Common Mistakes of Allies In Training

Common Mistakes of Allies In Training

Growth requires mistakes to be made Many well-intentioned allies in training make mistakes. We call it the bumble and stumble of allyship. By definition learning and growing requires us to make mistakes. You don't know what you don't know yet. Be kind to yourself,...

ACTIVE versus PERFORMATIVE Allyship

ACTIVE versus PERFORMATIVE Allyship

Active allies do hard things outside of their comfort zone Active allyship at home necessitates courage. It's not enough to read books like this, listen to podcasts, or wait for someone to tell you what to do to show up as an ally. You are the only one that can decide...

Proper pronunciation of one’s name is critical for belonging

Proper pronunciation of one’s name is critical for belonging

Be inclusive when asking about someone’s name pronunciation Names are our favorite words. From the time we are babies we hear our names more than any other word in our lifetimes. So when someone says it doesn't matter how you pronounce their name or you can call them...

HR Leaders: DEI is critical to your talent retention

HR Leaders: DEI is critical to your talent retention

DEI training is is a crucial factor in talent retention strategies for HR leaders No organization has been untouched by substantial change in the past few years. From the Great Resignation, to issues of mental health, and increased burnout, employers are struggling...

“Talking about DEI too much” at your organization?

“Talking about DEI too much” at your organization?

The emphasis on DEI initiatives isn’t going anywhere A well-intentioned client shared with me recently some feedback they had gotten from a recent DEI program. The leader thought they were talking about DEI too much. I was completely shocked that someone would say...

Matching and Mirroring

Matching and Mirroring

We mimic what we see As social creatures, we are wired to fit in, to belong. We're not meant to survive on our own, we're meant to survive in large groups. For our survival over time, we have leveraged the talents from different members of our group to maximize...

Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Not Just For Your Kids

Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Not Just For Your Kids

What is Social Emotional Learning? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines Social Emotional Learning as, “The process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop...

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