Am I committed to a lifetime of diversity work?

It’s kind of hard to imagine the events that took place in Ferguson and Baltimore, could ever happen in a small metropolitan city like Portland, Oregon. But it can. And does. In fact, it can happen anywhere in the United States. Why?

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Wins More Than Title

My wife and I were among the nearly 28 million Americans who watched the final match of the Women’s World Cup in July, Skyping all the while with our soccer-fanatic son who was abroad. That’s more viewers than any men’s soccer game has ever received in the United States – more than any game of the recently completed NHL finals or all but one of the NBA finals.

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Being the change you wish to see, starts with you and me

Gandhi’s ever powerful quote – “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – never ceases to inspire me. And chide me. Like everyone, I am conditioned by my upbringing and value, so I must continually urge myself (and other men) to examine how this conditioning affects the changes we want…

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Important Questions For White Men on Baltimore

Buck’s courageous, heartfelt, reaction to the events in Baltimore inspired me to weigh-in on Baltimore, but without offering yet another set of judgments about the police, Freddie Gray’s rap sheet, or black urban culture. Instead I want to ask myself – and white people – important questions. Contemplative and provocative, even challenging, questions

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Recipe For Working With Men?

Regrettably there is no recipe. But there are some things I have learned, having worked with mostly men the past 30+ years. Some of these are consistent with research done by others in the gender space, and some are just my own radical views. During a recent talk I gave based upon my curriculum, “Women Who Dare,” I shared with the audience my own journey of assimilation

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Are men culturally-wired to listen to women?

In a recent three-day Learning Lab on diversity partnership, I witnessed three white men ask four women what disrespect looks like. The women had mentioned they often felt disrespected by men, and the men wanted to know what that looked like. One Asian woman engineer spoke about how men at work assumed she was the…

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Schultz and Starbucks take a stand

I believe Phillip Haid got it right in his Fast Company piece,  Starbucks’s Race Together: Why The Naysayers Have It All Wrong. While the Starbucks response may not be perfect, CEO Howard Schultz’s action is an example of a courageous leader stepping out to engage his employees and customer base around a topic –race– that often seems like a…

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identity safety in the workplace

Identity-safe classrooms parallel of identity-safe workplaces. When we hear the term “identity safety” most of us probably think about protecting ourselves from identity fraud via cyber theft. However, there is another meaning in the education world that is more growth-mind-set-oriented. “Identity safe classrooms are those in which teachers strive to ensure students that their social…

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