Last year, I attended the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s State of the State address. The keynote speaker was Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin. As Gov. Fallin spoke about our state, she excitedly focused on our 5.2 percent unemployment rate, which is among the lowest in the nation. She was boastful in how awesome we were doing in comparison to other states. As everyone clapped, I begin to get irritated, (even a little angry) because that number is not representative of all the residents in our great state.
Category: Diversity Defined
Since owning my business, I have been asked many questions about networking. For instance, is networking important, how do you properly network or have I felt uncomfortable at networking events because I am African American?
You have heard it all before. Diversity training does not work. It makes certain segments of your workforce feel neglected – mainly white, heterosexual men or your seasoned employees and blah blah blah …
To say I was surprised by the verdict of “no indictment” of Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown, would be a lie, but I still had hope for a different outcome. One in which the police officer would have at least been charged with excessive force, or where the police department took some responsibility for the actions of one of their own or lastly, a scene from Ferguson, MO, that does not resemble a throwback picture from the Civil Rights movement.
Sterling is a Racist, Jordan used to be a racist and I struggle with trusting white people – Can’t We All Just Get Along?
I was recently at an event in Oklahoma City and had the opportunity to meet one of our state senators. He looked at my name tag and said “So what does your company do?” I told him we were a diversity communications firm and he replied, “What does that mean?”
By now, you should have been able to gather some very pertinent information from this series and began implementing some of those very basic strategies into your everyday work flow. If not, you’re in trouble. And since I’m guessing that most of you are still “iffy” about what to do and how to do it, please, allow me to be blunt.
If diversity can show me how I’m going to get everything done today, I’m there!
I’m not opposed to diversity and inclusion—I just don’t have time to think about it. And honestly, I feel like it’s forced on me and my co-workers, says the majority of your workforce that don’t fall into a diverse category.