Chronic Stress, Burnout & Self-Care
Question: Why do I feel so exhausted ALL THE TIME? Answer: COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of our professional lives – businesses have been restructured entirely and many of us are overwhelmed by added pressure and demand resulting in high levels of chronic stress and workplace burnout. We all… Read More
Do You Know How To Recognize The Early Signs Of Inequity?
How To Spot The Early Signs of Intersectional Gender Inequity Question: What’s the best way to deal with intersectional gender inequality in the workplace? Answer: In 2018, more CEOs were dismissed for misconduct and ethical lapses (e.g. sexual harassment) than for financial performance or board struggles. In PwC’s 19-year… Read More
This Is What’s Really Driving the Gender Gap in STEM
Gender Inequity In STEM: Why Does It Exist? Question: What’s the biggest obstacle for women in STEM today? Answer: I’ll tell you what the biggest obstacle is not: confidence. Despite the catchy refrain that says women in STEM are less confident than men, we can’t point our fingers at the… Read More
Are You A Mentor, Sponsor, Ally or Advocate?
Question: What’s the difference between a mentor, a sponsor, an ally, and an advocate? I want to help underrepresented colleagues succeed but am confused about what these terms mean. Answer: You already signaled your intent: you want to do the right thing by helping underrepresented colleagues succeed. Let’s stop here… Read More
Where DEI Strategies Fall Short
Question: The diversity industry has been around since the 1960s. Yet, many organizations have little to show for their diversity efforts. So my question is, what actually keeps organizations from being more diverse, equitable, and inclusive? Surely it can’t be a lack of resources. Answer: The foundation of today’s… Read More
6 Steps Your Company Should Take To Bring Women Back Into The Paid Workforce
How Can We Bring Women Back Into The Workforce Question: At the start of the pandemic, many companies offered strategic ‘outs’ for employees (including unpaid leave and insurance-only furloughs) to avoid traditional layoffs. They seemed like win-win scenarios—companies could save money on salaries and employees could technically stay employed. However,… Read More
Should Paid Maternity Leave Be Mandatory For Companies With More Than 100 Employees?
Do The Merits of Paid Leave Hold Up? Question: Should paid maternity leave be mandatory for companies with more than 100 employees? Answer: No, because it should be paid caregiver leave and all employees should have access to it—regardless of the size of their employer. A quick note on nomenclature:… Read More
Inspiring Equity Through Black History
In 1915, a half a century after the abolishion of slavery, Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Morland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This organization was created to research and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black American’s. This group celebrated its… Read More
How Do You Identify Bias Without Coming Off As Overly Sensitive?
Does Calling Out Bias Make You Thin-Skinned? Question: I just completed a new-hire onboarding that included videos on promoting diversity at work. One issue the videos didn’t talk about was how to ID bias without coming across as thin-skinned. I’m a WOC and this is my biggest concern when it… Read More
Directing Growth Towards Awareness
Years ago, I recognized that my personal motivation largely centered around growth and learning. I started saying things like “I consider myself an unfinished product” and “there is no destination, only journey.” I sought to frame a construct I could use to understand myself better and ended with one that… Read More