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Blind Spots Persist in 2020: The Impact of Privilege on Equity and Opportunity

My original version of this article titled The Paradox of Diversity and Inclusion was published on 05July2009. I had just spent the morning with a group of HR and Diversity leaders in Boston where we discussed whether progress was being made in creating more equitable and equal opportunity organizations. We felt that a paradigm shift was...
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Learning About Whiteness: My Journey From Blind Privilege to Clearer Seeing

 

I slid quickly and quietly into the only empty desk at the front of the room. The professor, Becky, was handing out blank index cards. I was a few minutes late for my first day of class which magnified my anxiety. Twenty years had passed since I’d been a student in a classroom.

“Please write down your name, age, gender, race...

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Five Lessons That Helped Me Learn To Love Running My Business

I am an accidental entrepreneur. When I left my corporate job, I had no intention of running a business. I wanted to share my skills and provide value to others. Working in my business has been easy for me. Working on my business has been a challenge.

Despite having a business degree and spending twenty years in a corporate job —...

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A Five-Step Relationship Centred Approach for Creating Connection and Growing Your Network With Ease

For some people, in-person networking is exciting, fulfilling and easy. For others, the word ‘networking’ evokes feelings of dread, anxiety or discomfort.

The fear seems to arise from having to disclose ourselves and concerns about how we might be perceived. Will we ‘do’ networking the ‘right’ way? If we are...

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Mending A Broken Heart: Bringing Education and Hockey from Canada to Afghanistan

Guest Post: by Zarmina Nekzai, President & Founder, Organization of Afghan Women & Youth

Her story of courage, healing and changing the future for women and girls in Afghanistan through education, entrepreneurship and hockey.


From the time I was young, I realized that women were treated differently in Afghanistan. Women weren’t...

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Mentoring May Feel Magical However Mentors Are Not Magicians. 12 Practices To Inspire The Magic

We have a tendency to hold mentors in high regard. And rightfully so. A mentor’s perception, ideas, knowledge, feedback or nudge at just the right moment can feel magical. Unfortunately there isn’t a magic formula to have this happen all the time. 

You can, however, influence the creation of magic by making the following twelve...

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Develop Your Leadership Through Mentoring: Six Guidelines For Becoming A Mentor

“How do I become a mentor?”

An important question yet not discussed nearly as often as how to find a mentor. Many times we play the role of mentor in an informal way in our day to day interactions in both our personal and professional lives. When it comes to stepping more directly into the role of mentor we may hesitate...

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Three Principles Of Engagement For Optimal Outcomes in Mentoring Partnerships

Great mentoring relationships seem to have a natural ease that requires little effort yet yields valuable outcomes. What I’ve observed is that beneath this ease, mentoring partners have established and practice three principles that nurture the relationship itself as well as the outcomes – being curious, conscious and committed.

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The Secret Marathon – Women Risking Their Lives To Run. A Story of Collaboration, Courage and A Bold Vision

I’ve written often about the joy of running…how long distance running increases my confidence and makes me feel unstoppable. In fact, running is what influenced me to launch The More-In-Me Movement because when we move, taking on seemingly ‘huge’ athletic challenges, we discover that we have what it takes. We...

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Values: Living Life From The Inside Out

Lasting motivation and focus are more easily accomplished when our intentions and actions are aligned to our values. To what matters. When we’re living our life and making choices aligned with our unique values, we feel fulfilled. Complete. As if everything is in sync. We’re content, energized and ready for what’s next. 

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