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March is Women’s History Month, and this year, I’m challenging my readers to honor women in a different way: by joining the fight to end hair discrimination.

About four years ago, a private school in Louisiana sent home an 11-year-old Black girl for wearing hair extensions. While many were shocked and appalled by this story, it was no surprise for women of color who are still living these moments well into adulthood. According to The CROWN Coalition, over 20% of Black women between 25 and 34 years of age have been sent home because of their hair.

To address this issue, The CROWN Coalition created the CROWN Act, anti-hair discrimination legislation that has already been enacted in nearly half of the United States. However, the nationwide campaign still needs all hands on deck.

In Simply Good, learn more about the CROWN Act, sign the petition, and complete a specially-curated suite of LinkedIn courses (which also features my course, Diversity Recruiting). As a Women’s-History-Month bonus, each of the courses in this learning path are taught by women!

Sadly, hair discrimination is only one casualty of the biases we carry unconsciously. That’s why it’s so important for us to be aware of the preconceptions that shape the way we see and treat others. My Unconscious Bias LinkedIn course is a great step towards that self-awareness and is currently free for LinkedIn learners. Leaders, this is also a great way to start conversations about bias in your organization.

If you are nervous about broaching those conversations in your workplace,  know you’re not alone. Many leaders are wary of saying or doing anything for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. In Simply Diversity, I address this growing problem and encourage leaders not to allow their anxiety to paralyze them from taking action.

Finally, join me this month for my webinar, Addressing Unconscious Bias as an Everyday Leader, produced by the Professional BusinessWomen of California. Check out What’s Happening for more details.

With appreciation,
Stacey Gordon, MBA

Rework Work CEO

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Ending hair discrimination in the workplace: Dove & LinkedIn

Dove is partnering with LinkedIn on a mission to end natural hair discrimination and create more inclusive and equitable spaces for Black women in the workplace. As such, they’ve curated a 10-course learning path (featuring Stacey’s course, Diversity Recruiting) that supports a more equitable work environment, and it’s FREE to LinkedIn users! Help the campaign reach its goal to educate one million hiring managers and workplace professionals by the end of 2023.

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Is fear of being “canceled” stifling your leadership?

Is fear of being “canceled” stifling your leadership? Employees and customers don’t need leaders to have the “right words.” They need leaders willing to try. Leaders who communicate, even if it’s imperfect.

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Addressing Unconscious Bias as an Everyday Leader with Stacey Gordon

Date: March 14, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm (PT)

Dismantling unhealthy workplaces requires action. Although it’s increasingly common for companies to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, many are unaware of bias in the cultures they’ve unwittingly created. Others might know there’s a problem, but don’t know how to properly address it.

In this course, produced by Professional BusinessWomen of California, Stacey Gordon teaches the everyday leader (at any career level) how to identify bias and leverage proven tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring equity throughout your organization.

The webinar recording will be shared with all registrants and will be available for 90 days from the live event date.

Not yet a member of Rework Work’s online community? Join us for full access to even more resources that will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace.

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