Strategy Diversity Management: Are We There Yet? #diversity #business

Things are moving in the right direction, but we’re not there yet. Still, we keep working on it – what choice do we have? None! – by removing bias from the workplace and different talent management processes, broadening diversity from a talent-focused practice to one rooted in business strategy and moving past the historical baggage … Continue reading Strategy Diversity Management: Are We There Yet? #diversity #business

Your Beautiful Isn’t Mine #inclusion #beauty @estherhonig

HonigJournalist Esther Honig released the results of her experiment in Photoshop this week. She asked 25 people around the world to “make me beautiful,” and gave them license to do that with her photo any way they liked.

The results offer a very simple lesson: We all have different ideas about what is beautiful.

Ideal beauty standards have never appealed to me. Probably because I personally do not fit into most of the established ones being short, brown, round with kinky hair. But I’ve always been somewhat sympathetic to those compelled to pursue this rather nebulous idea of beauty. Continue reading “Your Beautiful Isn’t Mine #inclusion #beauty @estherhonig”

Just Marry! Who? Anybody! #gender #marriage

marriageLadies, did you know if you marry your baby’s daddy you can save yourself from male violence? Me neither.

But earlier this week Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson published a piece in the Washington Post titled One Way to End Violence? Stop Taking Lovers and Get Married.”

*crickets chirping*

Yeah, that’s what I thought when I first read it too. It’s crazy. It’s short-sighted. It’s almost criminal in a way because if even one person absorbs this idea, it could be dangerous. Even scarier, most of the argument is paper thin. Continue reading “Just Marry! Who? Anybody! #gender #marriage”

Succession Planning and Learning in the State of Tennessee #government #learning

Everything you ever wanted to know about succession planning and learning strategy for the State of Tennessee. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but Chief Learning Officer Trish Holliday took time to talk in detail with me about the impact her work has had on the state and on the workforce. Continue reading Succession Planning and Learning in the State of Tennessee #government #learning

We Have The Power #fashion #diversity

Melissa McCarthyA friend and I were talking about an article I read on how several major designers, unnamed of course, refused to dress actress Melissa McCarthy for the 2012 Oscars.

I said, well, she’s fat. Most designers are concerned with elevating their brands, not dressing the masses of people who she more accurately represents. They’re selling a dream, not reality.

My buddy was like, yeah, but we’ve given the fashion industry carte blanche to ostracize and depreciate people who don’t fit established molds. They abuse that power, and diversity is a casualty. Continue reading “We Have The Power #fashion #diversity”

Misogyny: The Big, Pink Elephant #ElliotRodger #gender

Growing up I always knew that being black might cause problems for me. But it was only after I was an adult that I realized how many problems being a woman would cause.Pink Elephant

Luckily, I’ve never been physically abused, nor have I been targeted by a mass-murdering virgin with an ax to grind, but hatred for women — in its various iterations and degrees — is pervasive around the world.

So when a man — whether he’s deranged or not — feels that it’s perfectly in order for him to kill women, who he views as inferior beings who rejected him but to whom he is nonetheless entitled — it’s baffling to me how anyone could argue that misogyny and its effect on our culture is not an issue. Continue reading “Misogyny: The Big, Pink Elephant #ElliotRodger #gender”

RIP Maya Angelou #writing #legend #inspiration

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I learned in the elevator of Maya Angelou’s passing, and I was sooo glad I was alone. I gasped, grabbed my throat, moved closer to the screen as though I could somehow glean more by proximity. Of course, there was nothing more to learn from that little screen. Her words, on the other hand, will teach and inspire and motivate for generations to come. I cannot think of many black female writers who’ve lived such a full and wonderful life. I can’t think of many writers period who epitomized grace and whose mastery of language and storytelling managed to morph ugly things like abuse and tragedy into a strength and beauty we can all use as fuel to feed our internal fires.

RIP, legend, Maya Angelou

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise… Continue reading “RIP Maya Angelou #writing #legend #inspiration”