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Why Passion and Caring Aren’t Enough to Drive Diversity Efforts

Susana Rinderle

A recent posting for a diversity-related job in a medium-sized organization included an all-too-common phrase in its description of the ideal candidate: “Must have a passion for diversity.” Aside from “passion” and a few years of experience, the description said little else of substance about the ideal candidate’s qualifications. I […]

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Aligning Intent and Impact for Powerful Diversity and Inclusion Results

Susana Rinderle

Getting crystal clear about your goals and intentions — personally as well as professionally — is the first critical step for diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioners and champions to have positive impact and obtain powerful results. Once goals and intentions are clear, D&I change agents should take two more crucial […]

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Leading in the Age of Trump and #BlackLivesMatter

With the election just a couple of weeks away, one thing seems certain regardless of the outcome: It’s tough being American right now. Anxieties and tensions are high, and most of us feel threatened by the political rhetoric and what’s at stake, not to mention regular news about police shootings […]

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Ever Been Accused of Being an Activist With an Agenda?

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Being a change agent is hard. Being an organizational diversity and inclusion change agent can be extra hard because diversity and inclusiveness is often seen as a liberal agenda.  As a former D&I change agent inside an organization, many of whose seniors leaders were not only politically conservative but intellectually […]

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To Assimilate, or Not to Assimilate

I recently had lunch with a dear friend and colleague who used to be my mentee in a former role.  We celebrated his recent professional success, caught him up on mine, and explored next steps after he completes his master’s in public health. The topic of race came up a […]

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Facing Fear and Anger: Are You the Bad Guy?

It happened while I was watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on opening night. As Kylo Ren stood before his First Order troops at the Starkiller Base in Nazi black, white and red, I was filled with dread about what these bad guys were up to and what that meant […]

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We need a new understanding of loyalty to advance society

Susana Rinderle

Last month, there was a flurry of media attention on Matt Damon’s disrespectful response to Effie Brown’s input during “Project Greenlight”.  One of my colleagues in diversity and inclusion, a biracial White and African American woman, weighed in on her personal facebook page, calling Damon to task as she usually […]

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Women, Stop Apologizing So Much

I notice it most when I’m traveling for business. Whether it’s navigating airport security, negotiating a crowd of wanderers, ordering food, squeezing into an airplane seat, accessing the overhead bin, or trying to pass a slow walker on the ramp when deboarding, women are constantly apologizing. I hear “sorry” in […]

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Avoid this Disempowering Mistake of “Empowerment”

Susana Rinderle

Often in the diversity and inclusiveness sphere, I hear talk of empowerment. C-suite leaders want to empower middle managers. Middle managers want to empower employees. Advocates and change agents speak of empowering entire groups of disenfranchised, marginalized, and underrepresented people. Consultants strive to empower C-suite leaders, and entire organizations. The […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Parable About Equity

I’m on planes a lot for business. Recently, on a full Southwest flight, I ended up in the middle seat of an exit row next to a very large man who was seated by the window. He was cordial, but visibly uncomfortable. His long legs extended into the empty space […]

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