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It’s been 54 years since the first Pride March took place in New York City. What was first a coming together of the LGBTQ+ community to commemorate the previous year’s Stonewall Uprising has now evolved into a month-long celebration of its accomplishments and continued pursuit of equal rights.

Even as we celebrate, let us also remember that all of us are more than the traditional labels we’ve been given. We all want to be seen and understood for everything that we are, not categorized by our race, religion, or in this case, sexual orientation. Labels like these can be damaging if they prevent us from seeing past our first impressions of others (which are usually inaccurate anyway). We are each unique and complex individuals, and though we may often be grouped with others based on similar interests and lifestyles, no single facet of our identities can define who we are on the whole.

So how do we move beyond the labels? Have a conversation! Dive past the surface and get to know people on a deeper, more multidimensional level. Not sure how to get started? Join thousands of others in our 100k Conversations Challenge and receive supportive tools and resources to help you have more impactful conversations. Check out this issue’s Resources and Stacey Speaks sections for even more opportunities to lose the labels for the sake of a more inclusive workplace.

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO


Unconscious Inclusion was designed to help you move beyond awareness to facilitate action, evolution, and sustainable change in your workplace. If you’re looking for real cultural transformation, join our next cohort for knowledge, tools, and actionable strategies to address your organization’s current-day problems.

Why wait for the cohort to begin? Be part of the conversation now! Join us for our no-cost sneak peek, Open Discussion Lab, supporting your efforts towards greater inclusivity and belonging at work. The theme for this month’s LinkedIn event is “Going Beyond Labels.”

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Lead with Inclusion: Inclusive Actions at Work with Stacey Gordon

Yes, inclusion means recognizing pronouns too.

Many workplaces are still struggling with awkwardness and uncertainty around using pronouns outside of the traditional gender binary of he/his or she/hers. Why is it so important to get pronouns right? Because respect! It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels acknowledged, accepted, and psychologically safe. Isn’t that the kind of place you’d want to be? Here are some simple, actionable steps you can take to make your workplace more inclusive.

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LinkedIn Live with Beth Powell, Captain, American Airlines 
Thursday, June 27, 2024; 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET

As a career, being a pilot is a tough one to achieve for women and underrepresented minorities. It’s with this in mind that Stacey wanted to chat with Captain Beth Powell to discuss the pathways to the career as well as how we can improve the odds for future generations. DEI as an industry is generally focused on the current careers of professionals at work and we understand that creating a pipeline is necessary if we ever want the odds to change. To that end, we’ll talk about career pathing, the power of mentorship and role modeling which can relate to any industry. Follow Stacey on LinkedIn and be the first to know when registration opens for this event.

D&I One-on-One: We Are More Than Our Labels
Friday, June 28, 2024; 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

Are you a CPA in need of NASBA CPE? Then you’re in luck! I’ll be presenting a live session that will delve into the multifaceted nature of identity, moving beyond the labels to explore the rich spectrum of individual experiences. We’ll break down the labels by examining the intersections of various identities, such as race, gender, sexuality, and more. Register now.

Want to work with Stacey live? Consider booking her for your next keynote, leadership development meeting or consulting engagement.
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