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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The Blind Spot

Working on improving gender issues is not merely just focusing on women’s rights. It is improving you as an individual as well. It is looking at yourself, and paying attention to where you stand when it comes to the rights of all genders and sexual orientations. If you are a man, are you an ally…

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Jason Collins & The Challenge for Men

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay­.” Jason Collins’s words and courage created a watershed moment in sports history. As an NBA player he is the first openly gay, male athlete in major U.S. professional sports. Lesbian women have already been out in professional sports. Gay men have not. But this week Jason Collin’s…

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