So, Pinterest settled a huge discrimination lawsuit this week. Francoise Brougher, its former chief operating officer, received $22.5M. It’s big. But what’s interesting is that the women who initially brought the discrimination to light received virtually nothing. “Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks went public in June with allegations of racial and gender discrimination, two months before … Continue reading Pinterest Settles Big Discrimination Lawsuit, Ignores Key — Black — Players
So, Google is in the news this week, and not in a good way. The company fired Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, and her release to the marketplace was not amiable. Gebru announced her departure on Twitter after it happened, and immediately made it clear that it was hinky. She said … Continue reading There Are No Winners, Only Losers in the Timnit Gebru-Google Situation
So, that person’s refusal to concede the election has me thinking about leadership. Mine, the leaders I’ve encountered in the past, and those I’ve been privileged to work with recently. Self-reflection is really something. I think it’s a mark of maturity — especially when you can do it calmly, with an eye on improvement. Not, say, to … Continue reading Leaders Concede. They Know It’s Not the End, Nor Is It a Sign of Weakness
I’m helping put together a diversity-themed event for a client, and an interesting question came up that I want to share with you: Can you have too much diversity? Now, the question originated from a very conservative, white, Christian person, someone who had a work experience where there were apparently a lot of chefs in … Continue reading Can You Have Too Much Diversity?
So, Nick Cannon got fired from his long-running comedy improv show Wild ‘N Out. He said some things viewed as anti-Semitic on a recent episode of his podcast and YouTube show Cannon’s Class. He denies it, of course, and despite a lengthy social media apology to the Jewish community and a fervent pledge to educate … Continue reading Nick, Their Ball, Their Bat, Their Rules
So, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is telling it like it is. The co-owner of WNBA team Atlanta Dream doesn’t want her players wearing jerseys that state support for Black Lives Matter, and she’s firm on that. I feel so bad for the Dream players. It’s one thing to know that white people in the abstract … Continue reading Sen. Kelly Loeffler Says, You Will Not Dream in Color
One of the saddest things about being a Black person in America, probably a Black person almost anywhere actually, is that you tend to think about things through a colored lens. If something happens, the first question to come out of your mouth is, “Is she/he white?” Or, “were they black?” because chances are high … Continue reading People Change. We Need to Let Them
I have a niece. Fabulous. Educated, well credentialed, very good at her job, and always exquisitely turned out. Lashes, hair, make up air brushed on, clothes, car, everything top of the line and together. A few years ago she went through a bad patch. It happens. She was let go from a job — I’d … Continue reading Self-care Is the Most Fabulous Act of Resistance
It’s an interesting question, with long reaching implications into too many industries and areas to comfortably count. But brass tacks, people are dying right now due to the coronavirus. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. If there is a woman who has something, anything, that could make a substantive difference in our fight … Continue reading If a Felon Had Key Info That Could Aid the Fight Against Coronavirus, Should We Forgive Her?