Category: Live

Talking Bias with Tayo Rockson

Last week I had an opportunity to chat with writer, speaker, and acclaimed podcaster Tayo Rockson. Tayo is co-founder of UYD Management, a consulting firm that empowers organizations with sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies. He’s the author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference, and, in 2020, launched the #LetsTalkBias antiracism campaign. In this Facebook Live event, Tayo and I discuss his book, as well as how to get beyond the discomfort that stems from discussions about bias.

The son of a diplomat, Tayo likes to say he has been Black on four continents. That experience allowed him to see how the rules for people to see you differ from place to place. Use Your Difference to Make a Difference was borne out of that unique perspective. Also from his book, Tayo helps us understand the four origins of bias: a story, a fear, an avoidance, and our own security.

Later, we discuss how to get beyond discomfort in conversations about bias (spoiler alert: it’s increasing self-awareness!), as well as the impact each of us has as individuals every day. When it comes to changing things, we all have a responsibility to take the next step, even if we’re unsure of the outcome. As Tayo eloquently puts it, “Just because you’re not sure what to do, doesn’t mean that you get to do nothing.” Each step is a move forward, and only by moving forward in diminishing our own biases are we able to see people for who they truly are.

Don’t miss any part of this discussion with Tayo!

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!)

Rework Work Launches New DEI Tool

We at Rework Work have been diligently working to develop a tool to help companies assess where they are in terms of cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am so excited to introduce you to the final product of those efforts: the Unbias Blueprint.

In this brief video, I explain the four-phase framework of this assessment tool, which will not only help your company identify its weaknesses in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) arena, but also how and when to start remediation of those weaknesses. I also share upcoming opportunities to learn more about DEI initiatives and how to move your company from awareness to advocacy.

Let our Unbias Blueprint help you embed DEI into your company’s DNA.

Stacey Talks Career Change with Samuel Adeyinka

Evolve Your Success founder Samuel Adeyinka sat down with me this week to talk about the dynamics of making a career change. Although Evolve Your Success focuses on connecting people with careers in the medical sales field, Samuel shares the top three things that candidates need to focus on across the board when looking to alter their career path.

We also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to rely on social media, providing a golden opportunity for both candidates and recruiters to give themselves a real presence and expand their network. Samuel and I offer up tips and effective strategies for how to prepare for interviews and the importance of networking the right way.

If you’re considering a career change, you can’t miss this interview. Also check out my LinkedIn Learning Course, “Making a Career Change” for additional resources to help you move forward.

Stacey Talks Political Correctness with LaVada English

LaVada English and I took time this week to have a comfortable conversation about uncomfortable conversations. LaVada is the owner of L English Consulting, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations develop cultural transformation strategies. In this episode, LaVada and I talk about political correctness, the power of the media, and how organizations can approach real change to build a legacy worth leaving.

In the current climate, honest discussions about race and diversity are being quickly dismissed for fear of “getting too political.” However, these issues are not of a political nature, but a human one. LaVada delves into how the media not only propagates this divide, but also intentionally uses it to deflect focus from the real issues. We also exchange ideas about how to develop a questioning attitude when it comes to what we see, enabling us to, “think above the fray.”

Finally, we talk diversity and inclusion in the workplace, highlighting key questions that organizational leaders should ask themselves long before bringing in a D&I consultant, and why it’s important to know and understand our country’s history with racism. As 2020 finds us repeating behaviors and responses from the 1960s, LaVada calls us to the mat with this challenge: Are we going to allow ourselves to go back to sleep when we have an opportunity to seek greater understanding?

Stacey Talks Ageism with Vaughan Emsley

Generational marketing expert Vaughan Emsley joined me this week to discuss the somewhat-forgotten workplace bias of age discrimination. Vaughan is co-founder of Flipside, an agency that focuses on marketing to the 50 and older demographic. In our discussion, he shares data regarding the wealthiest group of individuals in the United States today (the 50+ crowd) and the companies that are unable to connect with them because of the exclusion of those same individuals on their creative teams.

Ageism is a conscious bias that permeates the marketplace from entry-to corporate-level positions and, many times goes unreported by those who experience it. In this interview, Vaughan sheds light on the causes of ageist recruiting—why businesses are exchanging institutional experience for youth, as well as strategies to enable older job seekers to effectively communicate their value and relevant expertise.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Mentorship and Empowerment with Betty LaMarr

My guest this week is Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of EmpowHer Institute. Betty’s nonprofit organization works to empower girls from 7th grade through high school by way of mentorship, training, and social/emotional support. With more than 100 mentors from a myriad of disciplines, EmpowHer Institute is helping these young women broaden their understanding of the opportunities available to them.

In this interview, Betty shares her inspiration for starting EmpoweHer in 2003, including a story about mentorship that altered the course of her own life. She also explains how the normally in-school program has pivoted in response to 2020’s social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about more opportunities and important conversations for the program’s 400 participants.

Finally, Betty and I discuss the joys of being a mentor, and how going virtual this year provides a platform for women outside of the Los Angeles area to speak into the lives of these young girls, empowering them to dream bigger dreams for themselves.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Design Thinking as a Catalyst for Innovation with Saleema Vellani

Innovation strategist Saleema Vellani sat down with me this week to discuss design thinking, a creative process that focuses on empathy as a way to better understand a problem before working to develop its solution. Put more simply, it is the process of innovating solutions by first shifting our own mindset.

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we’ve seen how challenging it is for people to change their thinking in order to change their behavior. For some organizations, the idea of moving past the status quo to a more inclusive workplace may seem insurmountable, especially with the negative stigma that sometimes goes along with “required diversity training.” Saleema and I discuss how interactive design thinking workshops are a fun and creative way to get teams thinking differently about innovation by changing their individual approaches to problem solving.

A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Saleema believes that true innovation has to start with the individual. In her upcoming book “Innovation Starts with “I”, she explains that innovation is more than cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box thinking–it requires the cultivation of a self-awareness that empowers individuals to unleash their inner entrepreneur and truly make an impact. To learn more about how design thinking is just one of many tools that lead to sustainable innovation, I share how you can pre-order Saleema’s book, which is scheduled for release this December.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Diversity, Inclusion and Careers With Creighton Taylor

This week I was joined by Creighton Taylor, founder and CEO of Guided Compass, a technology platform that he fondly refers to as “eHarmony for students and employers.”

Creighton and the Guided Compass team have developed a systematic approach that matches students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with resources, tools, and opportunities in a vast array of industries. 

Never before has there been a better time for people to make their own path. Unfortunately, issues of access still create a chasm between individuals and the means to do just that. In this interview, Creighton and I discuss how Guided Compass and other organizations are working to bridge that gap by providing tools and resources (often free or low-cost) to help people upskill and enter the career path of their choosing. 

Creighton also shares a practical experiment that he believes will not only help companies understand the foundational benefits of a diverse workforce, but will also provide valuable data that helps other businesses and industries move forward in developing a culture of trust and inclusion in their own workplaces.

Stacey A. Gordon and Yasmin Marrero Discuss Coaching

Leadership and Empowerment Coach Yasmin Marrero set aside some time this week to talk about the mission and process of personal and professional coaching, an inquiry-led process of self-discovery that empowers others to actualize fulfilling lives. With a background in neuroscience, organizational change, and leadership, Yasmin provides one-on-one coaching, as well as workshops and group counseling based on a client’s needs.

During our chat, Yasmin explains the importance of asking the right questions to help individuals define success for themselves, and then guiding those people toward goals that are based on their own values. We also discuss how coaching is different from mentoring, and how investing in oneself can be wholly transformative on both a personal and professional level.

Yasmin is so committed to equipping people with the tools they need to succeed on their own terms, that she even provides a free offer for anyone who wants to learn more about the coaching process. Learn more at iamyasminmarrero.com.

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