The new year is upon us and it’s time for trend predictions. Here’s my top 6 HR trends for 2019 in no particular order: 1) company culture As I’ve said before, HR should not own or drive company culture. We should be the gatekeepers and ambassadors — but the culture of the company is cultivated […]

I was attacked one Sunday night just over 10 years ago. We were separated only a few weeks at the time. He returned to the house while me and our children were sleeping. I was startled awake to find him standing over me. The physical attack began within moments after I woke up and lasted […]

Early in my career, I read an article which said  men generally cast women into 1 of 5 roles in the workplace. Those 5 roles are Mother Wife Girlfriend/Mistress Sister Daughter Mother is expected to coddle and comfort and cover, even when you’re not doing what you should. Sometimes they nag or punish you — […]

More and more states are passing laws requiring pay equity between men and women. More and more states are passing laws protecting employees who share information about their pay and who file claim against their employer for inexplicable disparities. We’re also seeing more and more coverage about the #TimesUp Movement and the inroads they are […]

I don’t like the word “minority”. People are not minorities. People are miracles. To be conceived, gestate and born alive and healthy is a miracle. To get up every day and go out into a world that was built for you to be oppressed and fail is a miracle yet survive and succeed anyway is […]

If you’re going to have diverse people in your workplace,  you have a responsibility to to build inclusion.  Period. This starts with recognizing 3 things:  Supremacy and Patriarchy are real and the majority of oppression is a spinoff of these 2 systemic issues. Diverse people have differing world views, experiences and needs that have to […]

It is not unusual when you’re Black to find yourself being the only Black person a White person knows and regularly interacts with. At work or school or even church, you’re it. And because you’re the only Black person they know, your White friend talks to you about all the controversial topics surrounding race. Before […]

A micro-aggression is a statement, action or incident regarded as an indirect, subtle or unintentional discrimination against people of a marginalized group.  Micro-aggressions are dog whistles; they are coded language that appears to mean one thing but has a different, specific and usually negative resonance for the target marginalized group. In our workplaces, we do […]

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