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From Hardship to Allyship: The Value of Chronic Unease
A Conversation with Mark Hays, Pt. 2 (#21)

Oct 30, 2020
 

Hello everybody. Welcome to part 2 of my conversation with Mark Hays, an organizational consultant who specializes in inclusion and equity.

In part 1, Mark spoke about his growing up as a painfully shy and ostracized young man and challenges within his family of origin. Those experiences made him strong and cultivated both empathy and humility. He became committed to being an ally for racial...

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From Hardship to Allyship: The Makings of an Ally
A Conversation with Mark Hays, Pt. 1 (#20)

Oct 23, 2020
 

I met Mark Hays many moons ago at the Center for the Healing of Racism. Our paths crossed several times since then, until one day we ended up at the same diversity initiative. As I was thinking about whom to invite for these interviews, Mark immediately came to mind. And so here we are.

Mark is an organizational consultant specializing in leadership, change management, relationship and...

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How to Go High When You Really Want to Go Low (#19)

Oct 15, 2020

At the 2016 Democratic convention, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed to an adoring crowd, “when they go low, we go high.” The words were met with rapturous applause.

Yet the quote had its detractors. I have friends among them arguing that to go high means to put one’s head in the sand. To them, going high means letting people get away with underhandedness and brutality. I...

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How to Envision a World to Benefit Everyone (#18)

Oct 08, 2020
 

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I introduce Dr. Barbara Love, a consultant, coach, author, lecturer, climate change activist, organizational transformation specialist, and personal transformation specialist. Barbara is Professor Emerita from the University of Massachusetts College of Education and Social Justice Education.

I invited Dr. Love because her liberatory consciousness approach packs a lot of information in...

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Racialized Trauma and Learning How to Heal (#17)

Oct 01, 2020

Here is another guest post by Amy Hageman. She courageously speaks out about what many feel, yet are afraid to even think to themselves, much less say aloud.   - JKL


But Whiteness doesn’t define me! Or does it?

As many White people would agree, I used to believe that my “Whiteness” was not a defining aspect of who I am. I would have said that my spiritual beliefs,...

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Anatomy of an Apology in a Racially Charged World: Amy Porterfield Reveals What Happened on the Inside (#16)

Sep 24, 2020
 

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Jean introduces Amy Porterfield, an online marketing guru and a top-flight podcaster. Amy has been designated by Forbes as one of the top 50 social media power influencers. According to her website, Amy has a following of 250,000 people and a seven-figure business. Jean is one of her followers. Amy sends out regular emails about online course development.

Jean invited Amy to this...

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How to Stop Racist Statements From Someone You Love (#15)

Sep 17, 2020

People who commit to social justice and antiracism have a hard time understanding those who don’t. This is especially true when their social justice words don’t match their behavior.

We cajole, plead, and offer logical reasoning for them to do as we desperately want them to, and still they don’t budge.

Here’s one reason: Reasoning, cajoling, and pleading can backfire...

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How to Avoid the Trap of Impostor Syndrome:
What You Need to Know (#14)

Sep 10, 2020

Over the last few months, people have confided in me that they didn’t feel up to whatever they were doing or were aiming for. Several even used the term “impostor syndrome,” recognizing that this is what was happening to them. 

They were wondering if they belonged where they were, doing what was expected of them.  Beset by doubt, a subliminal voice was saying,...

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Do You Want to Be Right or Effective? (#13)

Sep 03, 2020

Words matter

How is a microaggression different from racism? Is it helpful to use the word “racist” at all? And is the word “microaggression” overused?

Then there’s “calling out” vs. “calling in.” What do they mean, and does the distinction really matter?

Understanding the implications of these terms is the subject of this blog.

The power of...

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From Peril to Promise: How to Make Racial Dialogue Work (#12)

Aug 25, 2020

 

People all over this country are seeking to engage in racial dialogue. The goal within organizations is to heal, first by surfacing racial divisions and people’s disparate points of view. Then, armed with this knowledge, build a more inclusive organization.

How are people in an organization supposed to move from silence due to suppression to a full expression of all that has been...

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