I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
I like Lena Dunham. Rather, I’ve always liked what she stood for. I’ve never watched her TV show, and I don’t often visit Lenny, her web site, but I am aware of her stance on feminist issues, self-love, etc. For instance, she insists that she will not allow Hollywood’s unrealistic and unhealthy ideals to dictate … Continue reading Lena Dunham, Leave Odell Beckham, Jr. Alone
Earlier this week, I spoke with a young techie. She’s created her own diversity app, and she wanted some media advice on how to publicize it as she preps for a formal launch. I happily shared what I know, but then the conversation stretched into some interesting areas. I asked had she always had an … Continue reading Behind Closed Interview Doors
Free speech is a mother. Without it, the U.S. wouldn’t be the great nation that it is. But with it, well, with it, you can attack almost anyone at any time online, about anything, and escape punishment. You know what I mean. I’m talking about troll attacks. Not the hideous, misshapen fictional wretches that live … Continue reading When Internet Trolls Attack, Who Are You Gonna Call?
I met a fabulous young woman on a flight to New York this week. It was a quick trip to the Big Apple to accept my Folio award — I’m a top woman in media for 2016 — and I expected to sleep, but we struck up a conversation. Before we knew it the plane … Continue reading How Do You Treat Young Talent?
I’m feeling a little mean today. I’m facing some sweeping tech system changes at work, which always puts me in a bad mood. So I thought I’d take this time to kvetch about something that just gets on my nerves. I’m talking eye rolling, lip smacking, facial expressions, the works. What is it that creates … Continue reading Business Case for Diversity, My Foot
Women’s bodies are fair game in the public eye and in the workplace. But whether you’re powerful, influential and a winner like Serena Williams, or an ordinary woman in an office, put on your lipstick, work on bolstering your self-confidence and keep it moving. Black women’s curvy bodies have long been a threat, our femininity a … Continue reading The Quest to Shame Women’s Bodies #gender #power #diversity
Instead of saying the usual variation of “thank you so much!” and/or blushing with eyelashes fluttering, 20-year-old student Claire Boniface decided to agree with every compliment a man gave her on social media. It did not go well.
Now, common lore would have us believe that men prefer an agreeable woman, but apparently, men don’t want you to say, “Yes,” when they tell you you’re beautiful, or “yepp,” when they say, “You’re amazing.” When you do, you immediately stop being beautiful and amazing and become a vain, ugly bitch. Continue reading “‘Lady, You Are Beautiful’ Yeah, I Know #gender #bias #power #diversity”
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice kicked off a huge poop storm when a video surfaced of him battering his then fiancé now wife Janay Palmer recently. It was quickly followed by a wave of similar news, including allegations against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller who is said to have battered his wife in a hotel room. Hashtags followed, specifically, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, which helped to shine a bright light on an issue I had no idea was prevalent.
I consider myself pretty savvy and aware, especially about crimes perpetuated against women, but the sheer volume of support – and of course vitriol – that emerged around domestic violence following the Rice situation blew my mind.
I asked a lawyer what employers can do if they suspect an employee is suffering from domestic violence. I suspected not much given the legal implications. Here’s what Reggie Belcher, a shareholder and employment lawyer with Turner Padget Workplace Law Group in Columbia SC had to say: Continue reading “Domestic Violence in the Workplace #gender #diversity #inclusion”