Month: March 2021

LinkedIn Live: Tackle Inclusion in Your Career

Who’s at your table? Whether it be in the conference room or the staff lounge, workplace culture is defined by the people who sit around its tables. In this LinkedIn Live event, my good friend Lisa Gates and I discuss ways to help create inclusion in the workplace. Lisa is the founder of Story Happens Here, where she coaches and empowers women to control their narrative and amplify their influence in the workplace.

We all have a responsibility to identify and interrupt bias in the workplace. What do you do when a coworker makes a comment that gets under your skin? Lisa begins our conversation about responding to microaggressions by sharing an excerpt from my new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work. We talk through the PAUSE tool – a strategy that helps people navigate these situations in healthy and constructive ways. PAUSE allows us to confront without being confrontational.

“Stacey’s book sounds just like her. If you’re in a company where leadership has not embraced [diversity, equity, and inclusion], these are tactics you can use right now in your workplace, where you’re dealing with the daily paper cuts of bias.” Lisa Gates

Lisa also asks me about the Framework, a strategy that we developed to help organizations effectively address bias in their workplace. Last year, organizations scrambled to jump into action in response to George Floyd’s murder. The Framework, discussed in detail in my book, defines the integral steps that make that action more authentic and effective. Finally, we explore what the advocacy stage of the framework looks like, and what’s necessary to keep an inclusive workplace going.

Don’t miss all the goods! Watch our chat in its entirety.

Want the full story? Pre-order UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work (it releases at the end of this month!)

Coffee (and DEI) with Kim Kaupe

I recently had a chance to sit down with entrepreneur Kim Kaupe to chat about diversity and inclusion on her podcast, “Coffee with Kim.” We discussed how much I love LinkedIn Learning, as well as the courses I’ve developed for this amazing learning platform (P.S. my Unconscious Bias course is still free through the end of this month!). I also shared some advice for those who are looking to change careers, and the perspective necessary to make sure it’s truly where they want to be.

After sharing some advice for those who are looking to change careers, we spent some time getting back to basics and discerning the difference between bias and discrimination. These two terms are erroneously interchangeable to some, but the distinction is important, especially in the workplace. Unconscious biases can trigger discrimination if left unchecked, which is why we developed the Unbias Blueprint. This Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workplace Assessment is a free tool to help companies establish a baseline that will support a long-term journey towards a more inclusive workplace.

Speaking of the workplace, it’s time to have all those “taboo” conversations at work that we’ve been told not to. It’s time to break out of our comfort zones for the sake of building authentic relationships. We can (and will!) make mistakes in these conversations, but we can always circle back to give the response we wanted to give, but couldn’t formulate at the time. It is possible to affect change as an individual, and we briefly talked about what that looks like.

Finally, I got to chat about my upcoming book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, which releases on March 30th. This action manual will help companies to increase awareness, align DEI initiatives with their company’s goals and values, develop a sustainable, long-term action plan, and create a workplace that truly advocates for all of its people (you can pre-order the book here!).

Grab a cup of coffee and listen to our conversation.

Simply Good: Celebrating Women

Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to honor the social and political achievements of women around the world. Originally dubbed “National Woman’s Day” in New York City in 1909, the holiday was established worldwide in 1911, when millions of people across Europe organized parades and demonstrations, demanding the right to vote for women.

Today, women are still fighting for the right to be seen and heard, but, for some, the fight looks a little different. The articles we’ve selected this month highlights women who have fought their way to success in male-dominated industries. Through sheer grit and perseverance, these women are flipping norms every day, and that is always worth celebrating.

PS – Less than two weeks until my book UNBIAS comes out! If you haven’t preordered your copy, click here. This book is for you if you’re committed to creating healthy, equitable, and inclusive workplaces and are eager to get tools to actively remove barriers and ensure equity at work. Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

LinkedIn News Live: Unconscious Bias and Tough Conversations

How can we know what we don’t know about?

On this episode of LinkedIn News Live, Caroline Fairchild and I discuss unconscious bias, tough conversations, and why diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace are often ineffective. I explain what it looks like to be unconsciously inclusive and why now is the time to have those uncomfortable conversations at work that we’ve always been told to avoid.

I also share tips and tools from my upcoming book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, to help organizations move beyond buzzwords and catchphrases to affect real change in their workplace.

Watch the full interview.

Don’t be late to the dance. Pre-order my new book here.

Want to know more about unconscious bias? My LinkedIn course is still free through the end of this month.

Webinar: Unconscious Bias at Work – Creating a Culture Where Everyone Belongs

You’ve heard the saying that we don’t discuss sex, religion, or politics in polite company. Rather than being socialized and conditioned our entire lives to avoid these topics, we should have been taught how to have these conversations instead.

Last month I had the opportunity to present a webinar for the Alumni Learning Consortium. This webinar provides tools for addressing the common challenges of uncomfortable conversations, as well as how to identify and interrupt bias at work.

Finally, I share the importance of building trust in the workplace. Have you ever felt uncomfortable sharing your opinion, asking questions, making mistakes, or criticizing the status quo at work? Providing for the psychological safety of your team is key to building a foundation for a place where people actually want to work—a place where people feel like they belong. I provide tips and tools on how to authentically cultivate that trust through openness and vulnerability.

Did that last part scare you? Don’t be afraid! Here’s what a few of our viewers had to say after completing the webinar:

“I had a lot of hesitation joining this course, but Stacey was fantastic. As she herself says, she has a “no-nonsense” approach. She was very reasonable and inclusive, which I appreciated. I learned a lot and was very engaged by her program. There were many helpful tips towards building a more diverse workplace and engage in open dialogue about difficult topics.” – Evan

“I really enjoyed Stacy’s presentation. It is clear she is an expert on this topic, she was succinct, direct and her insights were actionable. It’s great creating awareness but it’s also important to give tangible activities people can undertake.” – Shannon

Watch the webinar on YouTube.

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Want to dive more deeply into how to create authentic, long-lasting changes in your workplace? My book, Unbias: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, will be released on March 30. You can pre-order it here.

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