So, Adidas is in the news for diversity problems. Employees at its Portland headquarters say they’ve been marginalized and discriminated against. Apparently management perpetuates a high school clique type environment, and ignores minority voices in favor of more familiar faces, often to the detriment of the business. Like having to pull your all white sneaker offering … Continue reading Beyonce, Pharrell, Please Cancel Adidas
It’s a story I’ve heard more than once, more than twice even. In fact, my own sister has told me tales of #ridingwhileblack at least three different times over the years. Cabbies or Uber drivers would drive her to some completely foreign location, and then order her out of their car, threaten to call the … Continue reading You Could Be the Editor of Vogue and Still Become a Hashtag
I’d like to talk today about privilege. Specifically, how utterly and completely ridiculous it is when you don’t realize you have it, you behave irrationally, and the media retaliates by turning you into a living meme. In the past few months there have been a rash of video-based stories all over social and traditional media … Continue reading When Life Becomes a Meme – You May Be a Racist
There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to admit when he or she is wrong. That goes for companies too. If you’re a leader in your industry, a household name, whatever, that does not make you perfect – that just makes you popular. Therefore, if you do something wrong, own up to it already. … Continue reading Google, Just Come Clean Already
So, April 4th was Equal Pay Day. It’s not a bank holiday, so no one got to stay home from work, but it is an important date for women. LeanIn.org, the nonprofit Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg created to make the workplace better for women, launched its latest campaign/hashtag on the 4th. Joining #BanBossy and #LeanInTogether, #20PercentCounts … Continue reading Equal Pay Day and Voting with Your Feet
I think about happiness a lot. I don’t know if it’s on my mind because so many in the country and in the workplace seem to be unhappy these days, but how to be and stay happy gets a lot of my energy, and I don’t mind giving it. I ran across this Forbes article, … Continue reading 6 Things Minorities Can Do to Stay Sane at Work
It’s gloomy, it’s overcast, it’s inauguration day. I gotta say, I’m sad. I watched on CNN as the Obamas left the White House for the last time, and it truly felt like the end of an era. Not just because I have no idea what the next four years will bring, but because The Obamas … Continue reading It’s the End of an Era. The Obamas Leave Office.
In December 2016, Harvard Business Review ran a fabulous article by David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson titled, “Men Can Improve How They Mentor Women. Here’s How.” I loved it. It was straight forward, honest, and stuffed with scientific data and analysis that promotes one fabulous conclusion: More men should mentor women, and if … Continue reading Sometimes Women Cry at Work. Get Over It
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you may want to wait to read this. Oh, heck. Read it anyway. It’s so good you may not mind a peek behind the curtain. I saw Hidden Figures last week. I expected it to be good, and it was. Taraji P. Henson (playing Katherine G. … Continue reading Is Your Workplace Hiding Talent?