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Women’s Equality Day


As I mentioned in our last newsletter, Rework Work will be closing its doors from August 22 to September 5 to provide our team with some much-deserved time off. That being the case, this will be our only newsletter for the month of August, so we’ve got a lot to cover!

In August, we observe Women’s Equality Day, which shines a light on the strides and striving of women to be justly compensated for their contributions. This month’s Simply Good article reminds us that, when women put their minds and their collective resources together, we can get a lot done.

To that end, I was recently asked to say a few words of encouragement to commemorate the completion of the Elevate program, developed by Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, Director of the Center for Women in Leadership at Pepperdine University. The Center for Women in Leadership focuses on empowering women to lead at the highest levels of confidence and, as an extension of that. Elevate is a leadership development program designed to educate and inspire women leaders.

My remarks focused on the shared responsibility to continue the support system they created to not only work together in the cohort, but to also use it to inspire and uplift others in the broader workplace and community. While those comments were specifically for those Pepperdine leaders, the inherent message is applicable for all of us — we all have a role to play in inspiring and lifting others up. Let us not take that role lightly.

Sometimes the way we execute that responsibility can (or should) change. Working in the DEI arena is a great way to foster change, however, it can oftentimes frustrate and discourage those who’ve taken up the torch. In Simply Diversity, I explore why it might be time for those serving in a DEI role to leave their job.

Finally, while organizations have made significant strides in improving the diversity of their workforces, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Check out What’s Happening to participate in a conversation about the future of DEI.

As summer comes to a close, I hope this newsletter finds you rested and ready to take on what lies ahead.

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO


Why it might be time to leave your DEI role

Many people in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles are stuck in this paradox: it’s your job to make a change, yet your hands are tied by the people or organization you work for. What can you do differently?

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The secret support system for former aides taking on Trump: The other women

It’s been a small club of women that have provided critical testimony during the Jan. 6 committee hearing regarding conduct in the White House. They’ve also created a support structure for one another to combat the intense backlash it’s produced.

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Equity Week: The future of DEI for organizations

Date: August 15                 Time: 9 am PT

Join me and UKG Chief People Officer Pat Wadors on August 15 as we look at how far DEI has come and what talent leaders need to be mindful of to foster inclusive organizations that people won’t leave.

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