February 2021 Newsletter

It’s Time to Talk about Black Fatigue

While leading diversity and inclusion sessions in corporations, Mary-Frances Winters repeatedly heard Millennials say they were exhausted. “I was like, exhausted? How are you exhausted? You’re 30 years old,” recalls Winters, a Baby Boomer and longtime diversity and inclusion leader who spoke in January at the Justice, Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series event, Black Fatigue: Racism and Its Impacts on Mental Health. The event was presented by the Massachusetts Conference … [ more ]

What Real White Allyship Looks Like According to Rachel Cargle

Rachel Cargle is a soft-spoken woman who offers a powerful challenge about what it means to be a white ally in the fight against racial injustice. “Anti-racism,” she says, “cannot rest as a self-improvement space for white women” who do things like read to help them feel better about themselves. Ultimately, she says, real white allyship results in the improvement of Black lives. So, how can we become such an … [ more ]

Tips for Being a Successful Entrepreneur and Leader – From Issa Rae

It’s been 10 years since Issa Rae became a sensation with her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl. Since then, Rae has been on the fast-track, proving herself not only a brilliant producer and actress but successful entrepreneur and leader of a growing media conglomerate. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated star and creator of the HBO series Insecure joins Laysha Ward, Target’s EVP & chief external engagement officer, on this month’s … [ more ]

The Expert Q&A: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion With Bentley University’s Yaro Fong-Olivares

Q: It has been more than six months since this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests sparked a new national dialogue about race in America. Have you seen changes in workplaces since then? The primary change is that more people are talking about racialized violence, systemic racism, and white supremacy. There is a more widely spread thirst for information about racism and a greater explicit desire to become racially diverse, anti-racist, … [ more ]

Women of Color Blazing Trails: A Conversation with Issa Rae & Laysha Ward

Show Notes: This episode is a special way to kick off Black History Month by bringing you an extraordinary keynote conversation between producer, actress and writer Issa Rae and Target’s EVP and chief external engagement officer Laysha Ward. This conversation happened at the October 2020 Texas Conference for Women. Featuring two pioneers who are blazing trails for women of color and all women and girls around the globe, Issa Rae … [ more ]

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