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Civil, Right?

“There are no such things as micro-aggressions.” Charles Bryson said in his talk to Ferguson1000. It was a curious statement from the Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency for the City of St. Louis. Then he went on to say, “Remarks which leave a person...

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How to Diversify Your Talent Pool Pipeline

“There’s nothing I can do about those people if they don’t want to show up for work,” a Chief Executive Officer remarked. The statement made me wonder if that were actually true. A leader may well feel there’s nothing he or she can do about the hire-ability of a group...

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Degree Inflation Doesn’t Always Pay

In less than a year, Gail went from cashier to coder and she didn’t need a bachelor’s degree to do it. Here’s how: My mom recommended LaunchCode after she heard about it on the radio. I applied to their program and passed the screening tests, which look for aptitude...

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White Work: Why Being Nice Isn’t Enough

In Darrell’s 25-year experience in corporate America as an African American, he’s found when a company’s leadership reflects the end-user, there is often an inclusive culture. Whereas, when the organization is predominantly homogeneous and simply wants to appear more...

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Why Even Talk About Race?

“Why do we have to talk about race?” Halina asked our book club group. No one in the group volunteered to answer and the subject was changed. We moved on but I could tell her question was genuine. After the meeting, I sat down next to her. “I’ve heard you ask that...

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Five Ways to Hire and Retain Hispanic Talent

Gabriela and I met for coffee together one morning before work. Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano is the Business Counselor for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. She told me the Hispanic Chamber offers resources for companies looking for Hispanic talent. And...

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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 executive team were 43% more likely to experience higher profitability. Diversity has two-dimensions; inherent diversity (skin color, gender, age) and...

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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 and isolated I felt. For the most part, I didn’t know how to be real with people and still feel safe. I had a connection problem. Now that I’m settled into this work, I see that I have the opportunity to be in authentic relationships like I’ve not encountered before. I get to experience deeper friendships both personally and professionally. Professionally, businesses hire me because they want to foster authentic connection within their employee group; and between their employees and customers. We’ve found this decreases disruption in the corporate environment and accelerates the speed at which people adopt a cross-cultural mindset; increasing collaboration, innovation, and profit. Looking back through the year, here’s a recap of my growth chronicled in my favorite blogs of 2017.

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Outsmarting Unconscious Bias

“Have you ever seen this test before?” my friend Julie asked in an email. She’d just completed the Harvard Implicit Association Test for cultural competency training. "I am shocked at how biased my results are." she said. When I saw her later in the day, she told me...

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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 wasn’t sure what I could do. In late August, Word of Life Christian Church in north city St. Louis was holding their annual church fair and school...

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