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.
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO