With All Due Respect

With All Due Respect

Truth, justice, and the American way. The truth shall set you free. … the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… From the deepest religious and philosophical explorations, to that childhood moment when your mom asks who wrote in crayon on the back of her bedroom door … Note to reader: If you’re going […]

Ray of Light

A Ray of Light

Soooo …. I made someone cry. Bringing someone to tears is not normally something I would post as a “ray of light”, so stay with me here for a moment, while I explain. I was in Baltimore at a training session, to be certified as an administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI […]

driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Driving Inclusion

  Last week, as I drove my children from one activity to the other, my mind drifted as I sat at a red light. The topic that grabbed my attention doesn’t come to mind at the moment, however what happened next has stuck with me. Movement in my peripheral vision, the cars next to me, […]

The 3 C's of Conversation about Diversity

The 3 C’s of Conversation … Collect, Connect, Correct

It is July 2016. Temperatures, across the country, flirt with and cross into triple digits. Some enjoyed the fireworks of the 4th of July. Others soak in music festivals. Teens, tweens, and kids of all ages, create the memories of camp, of the beach, of funny stories shared with fast friends they will cherish for […]

standing together when things fall apart

Standing Together…When Things Fall Apart

In the early hours of June 12, 2016, a man visited unthinkable terror on Pulse, a gay nightclub, the city of Orlando, and our nation. As unsuspecting partiers celebrated Latin Night, Pride Month, and life itself, they could not have known that 53 people among them, having literally and figuratively seen a new day, would greet […]

Celebration and Remembrance

A Time for Celebration and Remembrance

Every May, we as Americans, have two particular opportunities to say “Thank you” to those who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces. This year, on Saturday, May 21st, we celebrated Armed Forces Day, a day on which we paid tribute to those who serve in our nation’s armed forces. And on Monday, […]

Get it Together

Get it Together… Practice. Practice. Practice.

No one wants to be seen as incompetent. I don’t want to be seen as incompetent and I’m guessing you don’t either. Generally, that instinct serves us well in the workplace. We work hard to do our jobs well. We invest and engage in professional development to stay current with our industry or preferably, ahead […]

Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Leadership = A Winning Formula

With the Super Bowl upon us, many across the country are gearing up for a big day of fun, food and football. Don’t worry this isn’t going to be (yet another!) analysis of the showdown between the Panthers and Broncos. However, a natural question is how did Ron Rivera (Head Coach, Panthers) and Gary Kubiak […]

Happy Holidays?

Happy Holidays?

All that social media fire over a cup? A coffee cup? A red “holiday” cup from Starbucks? REALLY??? Well, yes… The passion and vitriol around the debate is not truly about Starbucks or the cup, though, whatever one may think of the design. No, this holiday debate, like so many others, runs far deeper than […]

Shooting from the Hip

Shooting From The Hip

Shooting From The Hip…practicing empathy can have a transformative effect on individual relationships and organizational culture Scene: Two colleagues, Lawrence and Eva, ride in an elevator, both sipping their morning-o-lattechino. Lawrence: It’s a shame about that shooting in Oregon. Eva: I know… Lawrence: It really is time to have some serious gun control. Eva: Sure, […]