Much of my career was in account management, where I worked with large clients, ensuring they had everything they needed to be successful. I loved traveling across to different parts of the country to visit clients and build new relationships. I’ve always been that way – I’ve loved meeting new people and making new friends while providing out of box solutions to their problems.
5 years ago, I got the wonderful opportunity to build the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program for my employer, a Fortune 250 Company. It gave me the chance to do all the things I loved: work with people all over the country, teach others, and create. And I was focused on one of my core values: inclusion.
I couldn’t believe that I got paid each day to teach people how to be inclusive. I got to talk about things like race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and more. I realized that for a lot of people, these topics can be quite uncomfortable. But I had a knack of making people comfortable with the comfortable.
So, I spent the next few years learning everything I could about DEI practice, theory, and education.
In 2019, I left Corporate America, after 20 years to start my own consulting firm and I’ve written 2 books and created a podcast too!
I believe in fostering inclusion at all costs.
I encourage others to become comfortable with the uncomfortable.
I believe diversity, equity, and inclusion work should impact the head (thoughts), heart (beliefs), and hands (behavior).
I promote curiosity as a primary learning tool.