Are men culturally-wired to listen to women?

In a recent three-day Learning Lab on diversity partnership, I witnessed three white men ask four women what disrespect looks like. The women had mentioned they often felt disrespected by men, and the men wanted to know what that looked like. One Asian woman engineer spoke about how men at work assumed she was the…

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Schultz and Starbucks take a stand

I believe Phillip Haid got it right in his Fast Company piece,  Starbucks’s Race Together: Why The Naysayers Have It All Wrong. While the Starbucks response may not be perfect, CEO Howard Schultz’s action is an example of a courageous leader stepping out to engage his employees and customer base around a topic –race– that often seems like a…

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identity safety in the workplace

Identity-safe classrooms parallel of identity-safe workplaces. When we hear the term “identity safety” most of us probably think about protecting ourselves from identity fraud via cyber theft. However, there is another meaning in the education world that is more growth-mind-set-oriented. “Identity safe classrooms are those in which teachers strive to ensure students that their social…

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Sitting In A Line Contemplating What I Take For Granted

As a heterosexual, American-born older, middle/upper class white guy, I am used to getting most things when I want them. Recently I found myself at the Vancouver airport with no choice but to sit (yes, sit) in line to get a Canadian work permit. I was there to deliver a 90-minute keynote speech the next…

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Feminism, Because We All Benefit

Our sons and daughters are counting on us. When I was in my undergraduate years I took an intense course that still impacts me daily, 15 years later.  It was called “Black Feminist Thought.” As a white male who thinks, I found the class to be challenging, engaging and ultimately liberating. One of the main…

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The Diversity Vanguard

Recent and abundant research on workforce diversity highlights that a diverse workforce is often a more productive one because diversity ushers in creativity, and new perspectives that keep a brand or company relevant in an ever changing and diversifying world. For workforce individuals 40 and under (like me), who grew up in post-civil rights era,…

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Emma Changed The Gender Game

Vanity Fair called Emma Watson’s UN speech on September 20th game-changing. For the UN it was a first-of-its-kind initiative that focused on mobilizing men and boys as advocates for gender equality. She noted that feminism has become unpopular and challenged the notion that it is about man hating. Feminism, as she defined, is about supporting…

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Standing With Co-Workers Who Parent

You don’t need to have biological children to have empathy and recognition for how crucial family/work balance is to building healthy communities. Having had a least one foot (and often my whole body, head, and heart) in the field of public education, I believe that not having the flexibility in our workplaces necessary to accommodate…

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Unconscious Bias & Status Quo

Unconscious bias is something that everyone has. Not some, everyone. Unconscious or implicit bias has largely been seen as a negative, something we don’t want to have and certainly don’t want to admit to. Unconscious bias however is something that everyone has. Not some, everyone. Learning to recognize our unconscious bias is a pivotal step in…

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Born In The House Of Work

I love to work.  I really do.    A few years ago, my wife gave me a psychic reading as a gift.  A lot of what I heard that day resonated.  Specifically, I learned I was born in the house of work.  Most of my life I’ve gotten used to and comfortable seeing my self…

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