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…

#BlockBias – A Day without Coffee can be a Day to Block Bias

Posted on: May 21, 2018

Will you be part of the solution on May 29th? Are you willing to break the culture of silence?  While Starbucks closes its 8000 company-owned stores for an afternoon to conduct unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias) training for 175,000 employees, I invite you to break the culture of silence, by making time to…

Can We Value Differences When We Can’t Be Civil?

Posted on: May 18, 2018

I wrote the original version of this article in 2006. Unfortunately, it seems our society has become even more uncivil rather than more civil. Join me in being part of the change. Have you ever observed or been a part of the following scenarios? • You are seated at a busy upscale restaurant and the…

STOP Multicultural Mishaps Now

Posted on: March 5, 2018

Are your colleagues and other employees disengaged? Are some workers feeling disconnected to the team? My client research indicates that one of the biggest factors causing less than top team performance and innovation among co-workers is their inability to give feedback to each other quickly and without judgment regarding culturally sensitive behaviors—also known as micro-inequities….

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…

What Does it Take to Be an Effective Leader?

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Redia Anderson and Lenora Billings-Harris, both of whom have a long and nationally recognized history in diversity work, have collaborated to write Trailblazers: How Top Business Leaders Are Accelerating Results Through Inclusion and Diversity (Wiley; $27.95).

Down the Yellow Brick Road…

Posted on: December 13, 2017

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP diversity motivational speaker and author will take you down the yellow brick road of diversity and inclusion. Click here to learn how to engage your …


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Collaboration: Is it a sign of weakness or strength?

Posted on: August 5, 2015

For the last twelve months I have had the honor of leading a global team – leaders from six different countries. In my personal life, I have been managing by long distance, the affairs of my eighty-seven year old dad. These experiences have highlighted for me the importance of communication, collaboration and openness to differing…