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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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What the Starbucks Cup Mini-Controversy is Really About

Once again, a minor provocation has set off the right wing: Starbucks’ choice of a plain red background for their holiday cups.  From an Arizona evangelist who says the un-Christmasy cups are a sign that Starbucks “hates Jesus” to Donald Trump calling for a boycott to dueling #MerryChristmasStarbucks and #ItsJustACup […]

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We Will Not Be Deterred: Let’s Not Be Naïve

The summer of 2015 was truly historic — a snapshot of critical shifts and growing contrasts in American life. On one hand, we saw SCOTUS uphold the Affordable Care Act and legalize same sex marriage, Caitlyn Jenner bring the transgender conversation to more dinner tables, Bernie Sanders move corruption and […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Partner Better with Allies

Last month, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and creation of a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we (as […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Be a Better Ally

In my last blog, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and create a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements, and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we as […]

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Breaking Binaries: Why Allyship Is Essential

It was three days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. A transgender friend posted on Facebook: “WTF is with all y’all straight and cis folks making rainbow and trans flag profile pics? Don’t you already have everything else?” As a straight ally sporting my own celebratory profile […]

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Anger: A Powerful Force for Empathy and Change

Among Good People dedicated to social justice, progressive causes and personal growth, there is often a high value placed on self-awareness and authentic expression.  Being fully present, having feelings and being transparent about one’s experience and perspective are encouraged – at least that’s the intent.  However, I often find that […]

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Are You a Change Agent? Reason #4: Changing for the Wrong Reasons

What are the deep motivations driving you? What is at the very heart of your work? Sometimes I ask my clients “why?” to the point of irritation: Why is inclusion critical for your organization’s success? Why is fairness or equal opportunity something to strive for? Why do you want to […]

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Are You a Change Agent? Reason #5 You’re Not Changing Things (Enough!)

The world is changing. There are more humans alive today than the sum of all humans who lived before us. Breathtaking technologies connect us with an unprecedented variety of people, languages, customs, geographies and challenges almost instantly. The world needs change. Humans haven’t (yet) evolved to effectively manage our caveman […]

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