Category: Expertly Speaking

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.

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.

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!

XRI partners with top law firm and diversity & inclusion experts

According to a survey by Gartner last year, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have the potential to shake up the consumer experience. Gartner experts predicted that, by the end of 2020, more than 100 million people would buy from online stores based on experiences through Augmented Reality.

It is still a bit too soon to say if those number were reached or not but, if we make a brief analysis of the market on the present day, immersive technologies have been gaining more and more strength in several sectors and bring new perspectives of experience accessibility.

This has converted these technologies into possible tools for companies seeking to promote their brands, products and services, to create an unprecedented and interactive environment capable of stimulating and involving their consumers – and all of this while also making inclusion efforts a priority.

Within this wave, a new initiative led by a global group of XR professionals, called XR Inclusion (XRI), is striving towards the creation of an inclusive and diverse immersive future. As the first step to do so, XRI is launching an easy-to-use kit directed at the VR & AR (XR) startup community.

Created with the partnership of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips, and Rework Work, one of the foremost leaders on diversity and inclusion, this kit contains several useful information for startups to enhance their inclusion efforts, such as checklists, templates, practices, and training, focused on areas like job descriptions and hiring, unconscious bias, code of conduct, and more.

 

YNG BLK HR Podcast: Rework Work

Biases, Butchered Decisions, and Poor Hiring Choices Oh MY! This week’s episode features Stacey Gordon, Founder and Chief Diversity Strategist of ReWork Work. Sometimes, do you ever think to yourself “throw the whole organization away!”? This week’s conversations center around the biases within the hiring, selection processes, DEI, and more.

Workplace Diversity: Seek Sustainable Change

The next time the conversation shifts to diversity in the workplace, make sure you’re speaking the same language as others. That’s the advice Stacey Gordon shared early in her session “Making Workplace Diversity W.O.R.K.” during the Association for Talent Development’s Virtual Conference: Unleash Potential. Gordon, chief diversity strategist at Rework Work, pointed out that the word diversity holds different meanings for individuals.

For some, diversity is a matter of gender. For others, it speaks to ability, age, socioeconomic status, and more. Operationalizing the term diversity is a critical starting point for organizations to ensure that everyone is truly on the same page.

“My goal in what we’re doing today is helping you to think about organizational development in a way that is going to provide your company with organizational change,” Gordon said to set the stage for her discussion.

 

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