I spent most of last week at the 27th annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis. “Making Waves” was the theme, and it was perfect.
Over the past 40 years, making waves is something diversity hasn’t done much of. A few ripples here and there maybe, but for the most part, diversity and inclusion have been doing what Forum keynote speaker and NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa very eloquently described as the American cha-cha — a few steps forward, a few steps back.
I rolled my eyes when she said it, nodding my head along with most of the room. But now I think I may have been prematurely rude about the slow and not at all steady nature of progress in diversity. Perhaps it was my fatigue talking. The constant need to sigh deeply in mild but contemptuous disgust — when I’m not rolling my eyes at the repetitive nature of diversity discussions — to cry out in anger and frustration or to just stare like a deer in the face of oncoming headlights. Continue reading “My Three Cures For Diversity Fatigue @shondarhimes #diversity #inclusion #gender #bias”
Check out this session I led at the annual Forum for Workplace Inclusion conference. My Q&A about 50 minutes in is funny. It was my first time on a teleprompter – I prefer live TV! Fabulous experience working with these folks: Mary-Frances Winters, Theresa J. Rothausen-Vange, Sam Grant, Stephen Frost and Steve Humerickhouse at the Forum. Continue reading The Forum on Workplace #Inclusion: We Fuel Change #diversity
Oh, you want me to moderate your panel on “We Fuel Change” at the 2014 Forum on Workplace Inclusion? You want me to ask the tough questions, challenge the panelists to illicit responses that will effectively shake up the status quo, and promote some different action in the workplace? No problem. But I warn you, … Continue reading Moderator? Face Maker #diversity #inclusion #change