But Stereotypes are Based on Truth Aren't They?

Posted on: September 8, 2021

A stereotype is a generalized statement or belief applied to everyone in a group, as though the entire group is the same. Any belief or characteristic, applied to an entire group, immediately makes it invalid because no characteristics are held by everyone in the group. Stereotypical beliefs sometimes come from some degree of truth, however….

“But” versus “And” in a Politically Correct World

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Are you tired of political correctness and wonder why our language should become more sensitive?  My clients regularly ask me why this is such a big deal to some. Words do matter, and those who suggest others should just get over it, and stop being so picky are often not a member of the offended…

Africa is a Country…and other Misconceptions

Posted on: February 14, 2018

I just got back from a fabulous safari in Africa!” said my friend. “Really? Which country?” said I. She looked at me with a very puzzled expression, and repeated more loudly this time, “Africa!” I guess saying it louder was supposed to help me understand more clearly. I then said, “Many countries in Africa offer safaris. I was just wondering which one you experienced.” Then she said, “Oh!” and she told me the name of the reserve. I tried one more time. “Okay, so you were in Kenya, right?” “Yep, and it was unbelievable.”

Lean in or Shut Down – What do you think?

Posted on: February 1, 2018

Tears welled in her eyes as I answered her question. She asked me, “Why are you sitting at this table?” I said, “I am an ally and I want to learn more, so I can be more effective with my support.” I was speaking at an HR conference. The attendance was huge! 15,000 professionals. On…

Lessons on Diversity and Inclusion from Nature’s Experience

Posted on: December 29, 2017

I had the opportunity to drive to the mountains and then to the shores of North Carolina to work with clients late last month. Although I usually do not like long car rides, these two were spectacular. I was constantly reminded of the miracles of nature as I enjoyed the many hues of the changing…


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Robert Kennedy’s words…

Posted on: December 6, 2017

Kerry Kennedy shared her dad’s words from 50+years ago. He was speaking in South Africa. The four dangers are relevant today. Robert Kennedy’s words… At the university, Daddy gave perhaps the most eloquent speech of his life. In it, he laid out the underpinnings of government. He said the individual is the child of God…


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The Aftermath

Posted on: August 24, 2017

But Stereotypes are Based on Truth Aren't They?

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Author’s Note:  My entries in Multicultural Musings are always intended to provide food for thought, a different way of viewing things. Not right or wrong, just different. These past few weeks of current events have provided much to think about and say, hum; what is the truth, what is the real motivation here especially regarding…

What to Do in a Month of No Holidays

Posted on: August 6, 2012

What does August mean to you? For most folks it is a month of no holidays, but not for Charles (my honey of 38 years) and me. We celebrate our wedding anniversary as well as both our birthdays in August!  We have no excuses for forgetting these three dates. Although it is a month with…

Winning with the Best Talent!

Posted on: October 18, 2011

Who doesn’t like to win?! Organizations are constantly in search of new ways to beat the competition.  Many have tapped into what continues to be a major competitive edge. That competitive edge is diversity in talent. All companies want talented, competent and committed human capital – or as many organizations refer to them – the…