Author: Stacey A. Gordon

Simply Good: Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day caught us by surprise this year! Established to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, this symbolic day has historically been celebrated in April to show how far into the year a woman must work to match a man’s pay from the previous year. At first glance, an earlier observance in March may infer that substantial progress has been made to close that gap. Before we deem our mission accomplished, however, we should dig a little deeper.

As with everything else, 2020 changed the metrics. Could it be that larger numbers of women with lower-paying jobs lost them due to the pandemic? The unprecedented circumstances of last year could make it seem as though we are further along than we truly are. Let us not be so focused on what “seems” to be good that we keep blinders on to the struggle that remains.

That being said, we shouldn’t discount the real progress that is being made. Read on to learn about the strides that are pushing the needle further towards equitable pay, a fundamental right that is purely and simply good. 

PS – Looking for some one-on-one time with me? My new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, is now available! Click here to order.












UNBIAS Book Launch Event: Stacey Discusses DEI and Authentic Relationship Building with Kim Blue Terrell

I recently spent some time with human resources (HR) executive Kim Blue Terrell, the Global Head of People Experience Partners for Zoom. Our discussion was hosted by Dr. Bernice Ledbetter and my alma mater, Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. What a great way to celebrate the launch of my new book, UNBIAS:Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work!

Where does the responsibility land for diversity and inclusion in the workplace? The most common misconception is that HR should shoulder this weight alone. However, because DEI is really about individuals, it shouldn’t be compartmentalized as a department or initiative but should intersect every part of an organization. In this interview, Kim and I discuss the importance of initiating open and honest conversations in the workplace via authentic relationships. We also talk about the role of leadership, and how each organization has to go back to basics to decipher its own path forward. Every company is unique—it’s vital for leadership to define goals and values to determine what its DEI journey should look like.

Finally, Kim and I end our discussion by opening up the floor to questions from our viewers. We provide tips on how to overcome the fear of being labeled, approach bridge-building conversations, and deal with employees who are resistant to DEI (spoiler alert: you can either change people or change people).

Want to know more (or understand that last riddle)? Check out the interview.

Want to dive deeper into what we discussed from my book? Dress up your nightstand by ordering a copy of your very own.

The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – The 21st Century Change Agent Podcast

I recently discussed the current state of DEI with consultant Baiba Žiga and Dr. Shelton Goode, CEO and president of Icarus Consulting.

Shelton and I spend some time discussing the motivation behind our new book projects, as well as why we have to keep fighting the fights we’ve been fighting for decades. We also talk about the misrepresentation of DEI as a one-time training, initiative, or project with an end date, and why strong leadership is so important in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Leaders should be responsible for perpetuating this environment – a responsibility that shouldn’t be outsourced to a separate DEI division or Chief Diversity Officer. Without leader buy-in and the intentional alignment of DEI with company values, no action taken will be authentic or effective. In fact, when companies are quick to implement “initiatives” without knowing why they’re doing it, they often do more harm than good.

Finally, we consider what DEI looks like down the road. Although we don’t know what the next five to ten years hold, I do know that we just need to keep moving forward. There’s been a lot of focus on DEI over the past year and, as life moves closer to a post-pandemic normal, we absolutely cannot revert back to when people weren’t really talking about it all. Even though where we are now is tumultuous, tough and uncomfortable, it’s still a place of change — we just need to keep pushing. Shelton puts it this way: “DEI is a journey — something you need to work at intentionally, every day.”

Want to know more? Listen to the full interview.

My new book has hit the shelves! Order your very own copy today.

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.

The Essence of Authentic Leadership: An Interview with peopleHum

Bias is not bad. Yes, you read that right. We all have biases, most of which are developed subconsciously and ingrained in our thought processes from an early age. The work that we do at Rework Work is not aimed at removing all bias (impossible!) or changing anyone’s beliefs. Instead, we provide a framework to raises awareness and enable changes in behavior to improve workplace cultures.

Last week, I dove into what that framework looks like with Anushka Rajesh from peopleHum. On their LeadershipHum podcast series, I discussed unconscious bias and the importance of leadership, as it relates to diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives in the workplace. We also talked about the lost art of leadership development programs, and how companies are weakening their own foundations by not investing time and resources into developing others well.

Finally, we expounded on the concept of belonging and whether or not mandatory diversity training is an effective tool for removing barriers in the workplace.

Watch the full interview.

Speaking of belonging, Linkedin is currently offering its entire “Belonging” learning pathway for free, which includes my Unconscious Bias course.

Want to learn more about combating the effects of bias in the workplace? You can pre-order my new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work.


UNBIAS and Why Good Intentions Fail: An Interview with Chris Voss

Speaker and YouTuber Chris Voss invited me onto his show last week to talk about diversity, bias, and my new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work.

In this interview, Chris and I discuss the tragic death of George Floyd and the shock wave it sent through our country. Although it was neither the first nor the last event of its kind, something about it spurred on questions and conversations that were incredibly overdue. I use examples from my book to share why the good intentions of some businesses to respond quickly not only failed but were doomed from the outset. Though many wanted to act, they weren’t sure where to start—which is exactly why I wrote UNBIAS.

Later, Chris and I get into why it’s important to have those difficult and conversations about diversity (yes, especially at work!), and how dangerous our assumptions can be when they’re left unchecked. To wrap things up, we answer some questions from Chris’s listeners including the importance of empathy, why we need to retool the way we educate our kids, and how to handle a toxic workplace.

Don’t miss all the good stuff. Watch the full interview.

If you haven’t already done so, you can pre-order my book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work. The book will be available on March 30, 2021.

Finally, check out my Unconscious Bias course while it’s still free through Linkedin Learning!

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