Sitting In A Line Contemplating What I Take For Granted

As a heterosexual, American-born older, middle/upper class white guy, I am used to getting most things when I want them. Recently I found myself at the Vancouver airport with no choice but to sit (yes, sit) in line to get a Canadian work permit. I was there to deliver a 90-minute keynote speech the next…

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Feminism, Because We All Benefit

Our sons and daughters are counting on us. When I was in my undergraduate years I took an intense course that still impacts me daily, 15 years later.  It was called “Black Feminist Thought.” As a white male who thinks, I found the class to be challenging, engaging and ultimately liberating. One of the main…

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The Diversity Vanguard

Recent and abundant research on workforce diversity highlights that a diverse workforce is often a more productive one because diversity ushers in creativity, and new perspectives that keep a brand or company relevant in an ever changing and diversifying world. For workforce individuals 40 and under (like me), who grew up in post-civil rights era,…

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Emma Changed The Gender Game

Vanity Fair called Emma Watson’s UN speech on September 20th game-changing. For the UN it was a first-of-its-kind initiative that focused on mobilizing men and boys as advocates for gender equality. She noted that feminism has become unpopular and challenged the notion that it is about man hating. Feminism, as she defined, is about supporting…

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Standing With Co-Workers Who Parent

You don’t need to have biological children to have empathy and recognition for how crucial family/work balance is to building healthy communities. Having had a least one foot (and often my whole body, head, and heart) in the field of public education, I believe that not having the flexibility in our workplaces necessary to accommodate…

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Unconscious Bias & Status Quo

Unconscious bias is something that everyone has. Not some, everyone. Unconscious or implicit bias has largely been seen as a negative, something we don’t want to have and certainly don’t want to admit to. Unconscious bias however is something that everyone has. Not some, everyone. Learning to recognize our unconscious bias is a pivotal step in…

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Born In The House Of Work

I love to work.  I really do.    A few years ago, my wife gave me a psychic reading as a gift.  A lot of what I heard that day resonated.  Specifically, I learned I was born in the house of work.  Most of my life I’ve gotten used to and comfortable seeing my self…

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Men Who Lead (Other Men)

What are men doing to support and lead each other to make for a more welcoming work environment for women (and others)? Men who are good leaders do not need to look at inclusion efforts as being only upon their own shoulders, but rather something to invite others to. Pointing out equity issues in the…

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Waking Up To My Privilege

Because I am white and male and American born, I am immune from suspicion. If you practice freedom of speech in this country as a white man people may listen, or they may not, but you can feel safe to do so without being suspected as a terrorist. If you are black or brown-skinned, Middle…

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Stranger In A Strange Land

David Brooks’ January 13 New York Times Op Ed, “The Leadership Revival,” offers three suggestions for improved leadership in public life. I was particularly drawn to his second suggestion: “Take a reality bath. Go off and become a stranger in a strange land.” The piece got me thinking more deeply about MARC and our work…

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