Linking Corporate Diversity Efforts to Community Engagement for Measurable Results

Posted on: July 7, 2018

Most leaders discover they must first travel their own diversity journey before they can develop anything beyond a superficial understanding of people different from themselves. While it’s easy to donate money, that’s just corporate philanthropy. It’s needed, but it doesn’t allow for much engagement with the community on a personal level, and donations can be…

“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…

Why Care about Diversity? How Does It Affect the Job Day-to-Day?

Posted on: March 17, 2018

(Adapted from the soon to be released third edition of The Diversity Advantage) Have you ever had a clash with one of your staff members? Have any of your staff avoided or complained about working with another team member? Most of the clashes or diversity collisions that happen at work occur because the individuals involved are…

Commitment to Inclusion Success: The Leader’s Role

Posted on: February 25, 2018

He said, “I don’t want to be a n_ _ _ _ _ in the bushes about this but…” February is a month that often causes me to pause and think about leaders of the past and present. What can and should leaders of today do and say to advance inclusion? What could they do…

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…

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…

10 Minutes to Remember MLK

Posted on: January 16, 2012

I wondered how long it would take us to turn the Martin Luther King holiday into just another day of shopping specials. Unfortunately, that day has arrived in my community. I had a chance to contribute to a celebration in Muskegon Michigan last Friday. If you have 10 minutes to celebrate the true meaning of…

Trailblazing in the Executive Suite

Posted on: December 1, 2011

Congratulations to one of our Trailblazers!  Virginia M. Rometty, will become IBMs new CEO. Rometty will be the 17th woman to sit at the helm of a Fortune 500 company. IBM is listed as number 7 on Diversity Inc’s. top 50 companies for diversity. Vice President of Diversity and Workforce Programs for the IBM Corporation,…