Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, just publicly announced that he is gay. While he hasn’t been closeted, per se, he felt it important to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation. For those of you who wonder why this is a big deal, consider that he is the ONLY CEO in a Fortune 500 company to be out. … [Continue reading] Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out is a Big Deal
Ah stereotypes... Have you noticed that the negative ones are usually more about certain people than others? And that those “certain” people are usually not in the dominant group? Think about it. Who are the bad drivers, the late-comers, the lazy ones...the list goes on. Of course there are positive … [Continue reading] Blind Spot – Part 3: Stereotypes
The Women’s World Cup is being held across Canada next year. Apparently the decision was made to use Astroturf fields instead of grass. The reason? FIFA wanted to “test it out”. Hmmm...I wonder why they didn’t see fit to test it out THIS year during the World Cup? It’s a decision (and a defense) … [Continue reading] Women as “testers”?
Last week I introduced you to social mindbugs. This week, I’m going to make the case a little more, because I know that it’s challenging to take in that what our unconscious mind believes can lead us in a direction/to a behaviour or conclusion that our conscious mind would abhor. In case you missed … [Continue reading] Blind Spot – Part 2: Social Mindbugs
I have recently read Blind Spot - Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald and it blew my mind. I have always focused on bias when developing and delivering workshops on diversity and inclusion, because I firmly believe that it's an important starting point for … [Continue reading] Blind Spot
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. made his now famous "I have a dream" speech.I was driving when I heard the newscaster mention it was the 50th anniversary. It made me pause and contemplate how different the world is that my toddler is growing up in. How different is it?Obviously things have … [Continue reading] How’s the dream coming?
Invariably when I do workshops on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), one of the themes that comes up is holidays. With the cold weather and Halloween approaching, it makes me think of the many weeks of Christmas carols we will experience when shopping. I love Christmas, and I love to sing - but the … [Continue reading] Holidays & Diversity