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How to Begin Again for the First Time (#10)

Aug 11, 2020

Guest blog by Carole Marmell 


We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

— T.S. Eliot


We shall not cease from exploration. Where do we start? 

I am in my house. I’m comfortable here, with my furniture, my books, my knick-knacks, my music. I’m...

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Anatomy of an Apology in a Racially Charged World: What We Can Learn from Amy Porterfield (#9)

Aug 04, 2020

Most White people I know are horrified at the thought of being accused of any iterations of what I call the R-word: racist, racially insensitive, racially naive, exclusionary, oblivious.

What would you do if someone described you with one of those words?

Now up the ante and imagine you have an international reputation and one of your customers or associates told you that you had displayed one...

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How to Make Fear Work for You (#8)

Jul 28, 2020


People ask me, “How do I get rid of my fear?” Then they wait for the magic bullet.

My answer: eliminating fear is not a desirable goal. Fear helps keep the species alive. It alerts us to danger as well as opportunity. Our bodies feel something isn’t right and react before our prefrontal cortex, the executive function of the brain, can process it.

We become aware of...

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Don't Just Sit There, Part 2:
Initiate the Change You Want to See (#7)

Jul 21, 2020


"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to do something."   

Representative John Lewis 

The New York Times, John Lewis dies at 80


Guest blog:  Representative John Lewis put his body and reputation on the line over and over again.  We could learn from him.

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Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something! Part 1 (#6)

Jul 14, 2020


The country is in turmoil.  How can one person make a difference

The most frequent question I’ve gotten in the last three months has been, what can I do? Children are being kept in cages. Open racism is going mainstream.  Latent racism is being surfaced.  Political polarization is eroding the ability of government to function. How can one person make a difference?


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A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a Rose:  Why Labels Matter (#5)

Jul 07, 2020

People often ask me how to refer to various ethnic/racial groups.  What’s better, Black or African American?  If it's okay to say “people of color”, why not say "colored person"?  First, my history, then a deep dive into how complicated a subject it is.


From Negro to black to African American to Black (but never colored)

I was raised as a Negro child in...

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Broken Hearts - Open Hearts (#4)

Jun 30, 2020

Over the last couple of weeks, I have become increasingly hopeful and increasingly baffled. I’ll start with the baffled.  Over the years, I would talk with my White friends about racial challenges I had heard or knew about personally.

Despite monitoring how much I shared, sometimes a friend would comment on how much I talked about race. So like millions of Black people all...

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Free Resources for Learning about Antiracism (#3)

Jun 23, 2020

Are you looking for reliable sources of information on race and racism in the workplace, your community organization, or among your friends?

To no one’s surprise, I have been getting an unusual number of requests about antiracism, diversity, and inclusion resources or training in the workplace. Thankfully, no one has come to me with the request, “teach me all you know about...

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Behind the Scenes: Coming to Terms with Fragility & Privilege (#2)

Jun 16, 2020

Today we have a special guest blog by Amy Hageman.  Amy is an associate of Leading Consciously. Her mother Stephanie Foy has been Senior Partner with Leading Consciously since its inception. Three years ago, Amy joined as an associate. 

I have known Amy since she was four.  It has been a sheer pleasure to watch her grow up and become the wonderful, courageous, sensitive young...

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Catch Your Breath (#1)

Jun 09, 2020


On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died under the knee of a White Minneapolis police officer while handcuffed and lying face down.  His death spurred local protests which expanded nationally and then internationally.  Black Lives Matter has been prominent in organizing many of these protests, accompanied by other groups dedicated to social justice and anti-Black racism.

Like many...

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