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There has been a lot of talk about allyship in the workplace given the social unrest that’s happening across the country and around the world. Many people wonder what it really means to be an ally, and whether or not they can consider themselves one.

To dig deeper into what it looks like to show up as an authentic ally in the workplace, I asked leaders who are walking the talk for their take on the subject‚ because I believe real conversations can help drive change. I (virtually) sat down with Dr. Lanail R. Plummer, CEO and Clinical Director of…

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This month we celebrate diversity of love and identity. Pride Month represents the promotion of unashamed self-pride, equality, and increased visibility for all LGBTQ+ people. At the same time, Pride Month is meant to remember all that the LGBTQ+ community has endured, and continues to endure, in their fight for equality and justice.

We must commemorate the riots held by individuals of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid of a gay bar that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. The Stonewall Riots sparked a liberation movement. …

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There is no denying that we all want to be seen and feel like we belong, especially in the workplace. Neuroscience suggests that this is because social belonging is an essential human need, hardwired in our DNA. Based on research from the Center For Talent Innovation, workers who truly feel like they belong are more productive, motivated, engaged, and 3.5 times more likely to contribute to their fullest potential. The problem is that although businesses spend roughly 8 billion dollars each year on diversity and inclusion training, they neglect their employees’ need to feel included. …

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It’s been proven that board diversity leads to better business results. Research shows that diverse board members offer varying perspectives and insights, encourage a greater exchange of information, and have essential skills that help improve board functions. The problem is that a significant amount of companies turn to their own director for board recommendations, which most likely means that the network of individuals recommended are somewhat homogeneous. This limits an array of skills and experiences that contribute to company growth and greater promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. …

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How can companies speak to diverse communities so that they feel like they belong in a seat at the table and make a positive social impact on the communities we serve? To learn about how we can engage diverse communities so that all voices are included, represented, and heard, I (virtually) sat down with community builders and business leaders for a Consciously Unbiased LinkedIn Live conversation.

We discussed why storytelling builds connection and increases impact, the importance of creating safe spaces for diversity conversations in the workplace, and how we can maintain inclusivity by consistently engaging with people who have…

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Notepad with inscriptions BIAS on grey background with office tools .
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We all have bias; it’s part of being human. A lot of the D&I trainings out there today suggest that biases are bad, because they are known to impact our decisions regarding who we hire, promote and even approach to be our friend. But, biases are not all bad. Some biases help us to simplify and speed up our decision making process. They help us navigate the world because bias is based on our life experiences, family, community or friends; part of it is about survival. So let’s own it, let’s be proud about it, but let’s learn how to…

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There is no denying that the U.S. is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. In fact, the U.S. will become ‘minority white’ by 2045, according to Brookings. Now more than ever, we have to get to a point in society where we think about people as ‘different like me’ rather than ‘different than me.’

Colorism is a form of prejudice or discrimination, commonly observed among members of the same racial or ethnic group, by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. This cultural phenomenon is not only isolated to the U.S.; people around…

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If there is one thing that we all have in common, regardless of gender, race, age, or sexual orientation, it is that we are all aging. For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace, with Generation Z coming in and Traditionalists moving out. How well workplaces are able to navigate generational differences and leverage each other’s strengths is a key to success.

Workplaces are undergoing drastic transformations due to the presence of five generations at work, and because the advancement of digital technologies are altering the way we communicate and interact. Different communication and working styles…

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The stigma attached to mental health is a frontier of discrimination that companies need to start tackling. Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the U.S. In fact, roughly 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition in a given year. However, due to the fear of discrimination, mental illness often goes unrecognized and untreated, especially in workplace environments.

Employees often refrain from opening up about their mental health status out of fear from damaging their reputation, compromising work relationships, or even losing their job. …

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This country has been shaken by social unrest in the last year over the racial injustice embedded in all levels of our society. The death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have incited businesses of all kinds to take a stand against systemic racism and social injustice. These incidents have been a driving force behind companies working to ensure their workforces are more diverse, equitably managed, and inclusive.

Many companies in the past have remained quiet in times of public upheaval, and have been reluctant to take a political stand, due to the fear of alienating their customers. …

Ashish Kaushal

Ashish is the founder of Consciously Unbiased, a grassroots movement and organization promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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