What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

One of my oldest friends has a service job, work truck, hard hat, uniform, the whole bit. He often has to visit people at their home to do prep work before they start major projects that require digging and potentially hitting power, gas, and cable lines. He’s told me stories about white women watching him … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

Women Need Men to #LeanInTogether #diversity #gender #bias #inclusion

Sheryl SandbergFor every horrible, aggravating, frustrating, ridiculous and unnecessary thing that happens to me just because I’m a woman, or just because I’m black, there are rays of hope.

Without these rays of hope, I can’t really contemplate my existence. It would be barren. Hopeless. I don’t know if I would exist in the shape and form that I currently do. I might be crazy, and justifiably so.

Last week I ran across an article filled with quotes from men who support women. It was just the ray of light I needed to shake off the latest evidence of sexism in the workplace that crossed my desk. The piece went directly to the source, men who recognize, acknowledge and have pledged their time to “lean in,” in a way Sheryl Sandberg may not have fully envisioned but I believe would whole heartedly approve of. Continue reading “Women Need Men to #LeanInTogether #diversity #gender #bias #inclusion”

Quiet Advocacy: You don’t have to make a big noise to have an impact #diversity #inclusion

Mike NicholsAll you cinema buffs are likely aware that Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols died this week. He was 83.

He’s known for films like The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Silkwood or the more recent Charlie Wilson’s War. But I think he may also have been a quiet advocate for diversity.

In a January 2013 interview for Vanity Fair his interviewer and peer Elaine May asked, “What have you learned?” The following transcript of his response suggests he learned that being different can lead to a heightened intuition into others motives. Continue reading “Quiet Advocacy: You don’t have to make a big noise to have an impact #diversity #inclusion”