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Eliminating What’s ‘Offensive’ Isn’t the Goal of an Inclusive Workplace

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There’s good news and bad news about our current preoccupation with eliminating offensive language and behaviors from the workplace. The good news is that the feelings and experiences of a wider swath of humanity matter more now. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants and folks with disabilities are no […]

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21 Inconvenient Truths About Power and Emotions

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One glaring omission in much diversity and inclusion (D&I) work today is the lack of attention to power dynamics.  Interculturalists are skilled at articulating cultural differences, but most miss the ways power inequities affect relationships and behavior.  Corporate D&I trainers sometimes allude to power differences, but rarely provide skill-building on […]

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Sending All Employees to Racial Bias Training Unlikely to Solve Starbucks’ Problem

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Once again, someone in an organization made a poor behavior choice whose harmful consequences were recorded and made public. This time it was coffee giant Starbucks, and once again, people are freaking out. Starbucks is freaking out so much, the company is investing millions of dollars to close 8,000 stores […]

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The One Thing Missing From the Outcry Against Louis CK

The tsunami of truth-telling, justice -seeking women rolling over Hollywood is wide, deep and impartial. The men caught up in its powerful, long-denied currents, accused of sexual harassment and assault, range from the epically powerful (Weinstein) to the relatively unknown (Toback) and now to the beloved. Although sexual violence has touched #metoo, […]

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Using The 6 C’s to Have Scary Conversations

“I need tools,” she said. Several heads in the group of 70 White antiracists nodded. “I’ve realized I can’t ignore it or stay quiet any longer. I really need to start some conversations with people about racism, and Trump, and what’s happening. Especially my family. But I don’t know how.” […]

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8 Tips for Other Women Trolled By Men

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I’m a woman. I’m smart. I say what I think. Out loud. In public. I am, therefore, a target for trolls – especially angry, fearful men. I’m also not alone. Everywhere I look online, men seem to be trolling us more than women. In the four years I’ve been publishing pieces in […]

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