How to be an Ally

It took me a few days to gather up the strength to watch the George Floyd video. I knew I had to do it. So I did. I watched it and cried. I watched the expression on George’s face as he faded away, I heard his cries for help calling out ‘mama’ ‘I can’t breathe’ several times. I watched the expression on the cop’s face as he pressed his knee into George’s neck. I watched the angst the bystanders felt as they watched in horror Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Mike Peterson

Mike wrote this a few days ago on his blog. Thank you Mike for this conversation and for being an ally. “During these tense times – I read a John F. Kennedy quote that sums up the needs of Americans now: “Let us not despair, but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future”. I tire Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Charlotte Layton

My friend Charlotte sent me the following note recently. “I am no expert and I’m trying to find my way and examining my core beliefs. But really I can’t thank you enough for these conversations. I was raised by a super racist, misogynist man. Unlearning so many things was hard and I feel like there is still work I can do. I have been moved to tears listening to these conversations. So again thank you!” This was by far one of the most fascinating, raw, Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Laura Hanson

My friend Laura wrote this on FB a couple of days ago. “What is it in our nature that wants us to take sides? Does it start in school if you are classified as a jock or a geek? Does it get reinforced when you get your first job making minimum wage versus a living wage? Does it solidify when you get married and start a family or defy the “norm” and choose to stay single? And today most people know the way their friends Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Abe Williams

“There are things white people will say like ‘I am colorblind’. You can say that if you are not in any danger.” “I just am realizing that the ability to sit out and watch from a place of comfort is really a privilege and that’s uncomfortable.” “Growing up I knew that my black friends had to be better behaved than me. Their parents would tell them, ‘Don’t get into trouble with that white boy because if you do, you are the one that’s going to Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with KimChi Chen

I had a great conversation with KimChi this morning. She shares an experience from her school days where someone took the time to invest in her by recognizing her potential, giving her the opportunity to explore and learn which paved the path for her to a successful career in Journalism. Kimchi challenges us to look beyond ‘the perfect candidate’ to give opportunities/jobs based on potential, to look beyond a person’s race and appearance. Sometimes all it takes is that one person who recognizes your true Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Celeste Smith

Celeste was my first manager at my first job after college! She was a role model for me in so many different ways from how to show up in meetings, to how to speak your truth, to how to embrace your unique identity, and most importantly to have fun doing what you love doing. So it made sense that I turned to her as the first person I would engage in a conversation about racism and how to be an ally. Celeste shared many great Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Mark Dean

“Racism and how we view people is a learned behavior. We have to start breaking some of these paradigms” “My mother told me there are two things you remember in life. We all come into this world the same and we all leave this world. That makes you no better or worse than anybody else” “I think it goes back to the golden principle. Treat people like you wanna be treated” This and a lot more from a dynamic, inspiring leader, Mark Dean. Thank you Continue Reading

How to be an Ally. A conversation with Hugh Molotsi

I had the great honor of working with Hugh during our time at Intuit. His words, his actions, his work have been a great influence on my professional life. It was great to engage with Hugh in a conversation about race, innovation, engaging as a community, and what it means to be an ally. Thank you Hugh for your time. I am glad to have you as a friend. “If we can all collectively have this conversation where it’s not about pointing fingers and blaming Continue Reading