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Four Ways to Be an Ally

A new study from McKinsey and Co (2017) found that companies with most ethnic and cultural diversity on their...

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What I Learned in 2017

Prior to my work developing cultural self-awareness and intercultural competence, I didn't realize how disconnected...

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Leadership Upended

Working together can oftentimes be more effective than taking the lead. And since I was new to the situation, I just...

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Smaller

After the shooting death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop, award-winning author Marlon James took his...

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White Privilege …Really?

When I first heard the words “white privilege” three years ago, I bristled at the term. My colleague, Pastor Sims and...

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Listening Too

“What makes listening hard is that sometimes we do not really care how the other person feels,” explains Burley-Allen,...

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I Thought I Was Listening

After reading my December Blog, Taking Time, my sister, Anne Collier called to tell me how much she appreciated the...

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Taking Time

Sarah and Paul Krumsieg, co-owner-operators of Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain & Grill in Lebanon, Illinois, know all about...

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Can I Ask You a Question?

When I sat down for coffee with Bob Bunch, Owner of Bunch on Biz, the first thing he inquired was, “Can I ask you a...

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How Do I Respond?

How Can Diversity Increase Sales? was a workshop I did last month for a real estate group. After the presentation one...

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How We Got Here

As events were unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, my family and I were in France visiting family. We returned in time...

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Colorism in Action

In my blog, I work to recognize what unconscious thoughts and behaviors I have that keep me from really “seeing” a...

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Zootopia

So that kids can learn about diversity from their parents (rather than the media), below are conversation starters...

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What I Learned Listening

Today I had lunch with a black colleague with whom I had done some educational consulting work earlier in the year....

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Reconciliation at Work

Kim and I met for coffee. We put our heads together. She wanted to sell her product within minority communities; I...

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What Matters Most?

A friend invited me to talk with her Bible Study group. This group of white women wanted to unpack concepts humility...

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