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June 28, 2019

A few moments ago, I found myself in conversation with a young woman. She was experiencing the dreaded "culture fit" narrative that many minorities are starting to see rear its ugly head: her autism diagnosis was being used as a gatekeeper to the fear that she wouldn't...

March 27, 2019

I didn’t come from money — anyone who knows me knows that I grew up in the projects of East St. Louis. But thanks to the tech revolution, I was able to gain a well-paying job. The only problem? My coworkers — and my bosses — didn’t know how to talk to me.

February 25, 2019

When I first started out working in a supervisory role, I was very strict. I decided that, as a manager, it was my duty to enforce a certain stereotype I saw played out in the annals of workplaces everywhere: demand respect, get respect. Except, that’s not what it was.

February 21, 2019

Diversity training is only the first step your company needs to take to be truly inclusive. To retain diverse employees, education and awareness need to continue well past the initial training program. Here’s how to keep diversity and inclusion thriving in your company...

November 19, 2018

Like many in the United States, I used to be prone to sick days: the time off that employers "allow" employees to take care of their illnesses, or of any others in the family.  I remember time after time watching fellow coworkers wring their hands, wondering...

October 31, 2018

What happened next was unexpected. A speaker that looked awfully familiar came by, shook the colleague’s hand, and kept speaking about the day and efforts come and gone. After a while, I noticed that we had met before...

September 28, 2018

I have been a victim of assault.  Some I've reported, some I haven't.  I always feel guilty about doing either.  And I must remember that society has trained me and everyone I know to feel bad because "we could have prevented it" through some sort of...

September 7, 2018

The behavior I'm talking about isn't something that people would normally think of as rude.  They're just words, after all.  But regardless of the little ditty that goes "words will never hurt me", they actually do.  They can destroy, and even tea...

July 27, 2018

I had been going to the Science Center in St. Louis since I was 10 years old. It was the very first time I visited that riveted me

July 17, 2018

I don't know an easy, smushy way to say this to make companies feel at ease and comfortable. So, I'll just say it. Companies need better ways to handle mental health...

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