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The Performative BS That Blocks Meaningful Progress


This year marks the 156th observance of Juneteenth — when word of the Emancipation Proclamation (finally!) reached African American slaves in Texas. Juneteenth, which is celebrated each June 19, is celebrated across the country by way of festivals, concerts, and other community-building events. Our Simply Good article this week suggests another way to participate in the celebration by supporting Black-owned businesses with our dollars.

On a similar note, I recently challenged leaders to stop talking about their DEI strategies and get to work on implementation. This week’s Simply Diversity article is a similar call-to-the-mat for organizations that claim to support the LGBTQ+ community, but lack the substantive action to back it up. Don’t get me wrong, effective changes absolutely begin with a spotlight on the topic and communication of the intent, but it’s all for naught if we fail to actually execute those strategies.

Finally, I’ll be headed to Alberta, Canada, to speak at the 2nd annual World Diversity in Leadership conference on June 20 (which also happens to be the federal observance of Juneteenth this year). I’ll be discussing the path that leads us from unconscious bias to unconscious inclusion. Check out What’s Happening for more details.

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO


The Performative BS that Blocks Meaningful Progress
Rainbow overlays and flags are nice for solidarity, sure. But if the only thing you do to “support” LGBTQ+ employees is slap up some rainbows in June, you’re doing it wrong.

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198 Black-Owned Businesses to Support
Many Black-owned businesses were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic. This resource provides information for nearly 200 businesses you can shop and support right now.

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Getting to Unconscious Inclusion
June 20, 2022

If unconscious bias prevents us from connecting with others and valuing our unique dimensions of diversity, unconscious inclusion is the end result of a journey through diversity, equity and inclusion to a place of automatic and authentic belonging. Can such a result be obtained? Absolutely! Join us for a discussion on the path forward.

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The Performative BS That Blocks Meaningful Progress
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