Being Colorblind Is A Nice Theory #diversity #inclusion #millennials

ColorblindOne of my coworkers sent me an article titled Why Do Millennials Not Understand Racism? By Jamelle Bouie, of Slate.

Any reasonable adult should understand the basic tenets of racism. Of course, that is just a headline, and not the complete truth. Millennials do understand racism. According to the research stats Bouie presents, they just don’t want to be bothered.

According to MTV – likely polling this audience nationally to determine what they care about so it can convert and retain millennials as viewers – compared to older generations, this group is generally more tolerant, diverse and has a stronger commitment to equality and fair play. But this cohort also seems more interested in being colorblind than in addressing the problems around race and bias that still plague women and minorities in society today. Continue reading “Being Colorblind Is A Nice Theory #diversity #inclusion #millennials”

A Diverse Leadership Philosophy: Good For People, Good For Growth #inclusion #diversity #bias

It’s been a relatively quiet week on the diversity front – thank everything. There have been the usual discrimination, bias and gender rumblings, of course, but aside from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pledging to educate teams on domestic violence, and Michael Brown’s killer testifying before a grand jury, there haven’t been any catastrophic demonstrations.Philosophy5

This meant I got to do something unusual – read to learn rather than read to inform. My reading material of choice: How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader by David Brendel via Harvard Business Review.

The article talked about a neglected facet of leadership development and executive coaching – the impact of beliefs and values on behavior. Specifically, “the benefits of introspection and reflection on one’s own character and beliefs receive less attention in a typical coaching session than the benefits of behavior change,” Brendel wrote. Continue reading “A Diverse Leadership Philosophy: Good For People, Good For Growth #inclusion #diversity #bias”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on #feminism #gender #diversity #change

Beyonce turned me on to this lady in her song Flawless. I finally got a chance to listen to the speech from which some of the song lyrics came while editing, serendipitously enough, work for @DiversityExec magazine. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is funny and engaging, but it is her message about raising our daughters and sons … Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on #feminism #gender #diversity #change

When Art Masks – Actually It Kicks the Cover Off – #Racism and #Gender Issues #Diversity


You may have already seen this image of Dasha Zhukova, editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine. If not, gird your loins. It’s real. The photo was used in an editorial on Buro 24/7, a site run by fashion darling Miroslava Duma, that was released on the Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday.

Of course I’ve been vocal in my sadness over it on Twitter. But at the end of the day I have to consider several things.

1. In the immortal words of Zora Zeale Huston, black women are the mules of the world. We do not have a good or even an acceptable global image. Unless, of course, you find crack addicts, whores, baby’s mama’s and ill educated, neck popping ghetto birds positive ideals. Continue reading “When Art Masks – Actually It Kicks the Cover Off – #Racism and #Gender Issues #Diversity”

Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity

A colleague passed along this video, and man is it powerful. In less than four minutes this young woman nails one of the main issues that contribute to women’s problems in the workplace: our inherited insistence on making ourselves smaller and less visible. It’s a poem, and I’m not a poetry fan, but this young woman’s … Continue reading Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity