I’ve become a consultant since I started writing this blog. I don’t mind. People have always told me their problems, and me being me, I usually have a solution. So when a friend’s friend who reads the blog told me the following story, I warned her in advance — I’m going to write about this. … Continue reading Who Are You Right Now?
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?
Sometimes it really feels like the world has gone crazy. Like people have no clue anymore how to be people. We’re just so mean spirited, you know? So selfish and just plain uncaring. I mean, we’re just starting to process what happened to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the Dallas police shootings, and then somebody blows … Continue reading Beware the Spillover
It’s been a rough week. First there was Alton Sterling. Then there was Philando Castile. Then Dallas. Death, death, and more death, and I don’t see an end. Because in order for this cycle of murder and retaliation to end, we’re all going to have to accept some hard truths. There are significant racial disparities … Continue reading The Unsavory Truth about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas PD in the Workplace
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?
Being an occasionally voluble person — feel free to laugh up your sleeve at that understatement — I read with interest a piece that appeared in The Economist about how our current digital age is essentially a golden era for free speech. I wholeheartedly agree, and even if you don’t, after watching Donald Trump’s successful … Continue reading The Cost of Free ‘Trump’ Speech
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
In 1969 American poet and writer Maya Angelou wrote an autobiography called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” That’s where this blog title came from. In the book she talked about racism and sexism in her early years, feeling alone, trapped by her blackness, her talents stifled. I can relate. It’s no longer 1969, … Continue reading I Know Why the Caged Employee Sings