How often do we hear people asking questions like “Where are you really from?” or making statements like “I’m not racist, I have Black friends.” Many of us have witnessed this or even said these microaggressions ourselves.

Most of us have a work persona made up of the parts of ourselves we feel comfortable revealing to co-workers that projects the image we have of a professional. Think about the difference in relationships with colleagues who have the courage to be more vulnerable and act, well, human.

Pride Month presents us with an opportunity to educate our friends, our families, and our teams on the work that still needs to be done to protect and support them. In our recent trainings, the question of allyship keeps coming up, with participants wondering how they can support their LGBTQIA2S+ co-workers.

Sponsors champion, coach and challenge their protégés to new levels of leadership. They put their own reputation on the line to advocate for junior talent, helping them get in front of the right people. In fact, recent data shows us that black managers are 65% more likely to be promoted to the next level if they have a sponsor.

Today our Women in Leadership spotlight is on the outstanding Francine, who talks to us about working in male dominated industries, the impact the pandemic has had on workplaces and what she finds encouraging about GenX.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone that attended our trainings this month, our Women in Leadership honorees and working moms who are inspiring and empowering our future leaders.

Introducing our next Women in Leadership spotlight honoree Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons, who speaks candidly about the challenges of being a working mother and the importance of calling out bias while recognizing our own.

Today our Women in Leadership spotlight series shines on the impressive Daria Loi, who talks to us about the advice she would give her younger self, the vast importance of allies to #BreaktheBias and the role nature can play in achieving the elusive work-life balance.

Research shows that feedback provided to women tends to be less actionable and less useful for leadership progression than feedback given to men, making it less likely that women will advance to more senior positions. If we want the leadership pipeline to be more equitable, we have to start setting everyone up for success.

Come and be dazzled by today’s Women in Leadership honoree Jennifer Porter! The extraordinary Jen is a passionate advocate of supporting and mentoring new starters, saying no and the immense power of speaking up.

Storytelling is an important skill set that can increase your workplace influence. You can use this skill to build stronger relationships with coworkers,  and clients. In fact, when you share a story, you’re strengthening your identity while promoting personal growth.

There is one thing all highly successful business people do to stay organized and focused throughout the day: They all follow a work routine. Having a routine provides structure to your day and allows you to get more done in less time.

What words comes to mind when you think about outstanding women in leadership? Determined, passionate, courageous? If so, you’re in luck as our featured woman today embodies all three characteristics.

Today for our Women in Leadership spotlight series, we bring you the outstanding Arwa, who believes in championing others, the importance of diverse teams and making the most of new opportunities that come her way.

February is a time for celebration – the long, long nights of January are finally over, mid-way through is the lighthearted Valentine’s Day and all month long is the celebration of Black History Month.

The word “empathy” is cropping up everywhere nowadays from pop culture to board rooms to political debates. But what exactly is empathy? At its core, empathy is the ability to step into someone else’s experiences with the intent to understand their feelings and perspective. 

Continuing our Women in Leadership spotlight series, today we are thrilled to join Julie Keshmiry as she talks openly about mom guilt, her infatuation with Gen Z and the importance of speaking up.

When working from home, it can be challenging to stay visible and top of mind with key stakeholders. It’s important to be intentional about putting yourself out there and promoting your achievements.

Goal setting should be fun so be sure to approach it with that mindset. Build a fire, pour yourself a drink, curl up in your favourite spot and get ready to think about what you really want to happen in 2022.

At the current rate of progress, it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity. If we want to see more gender equality in our lifetime and create more empowering workplaces, we all have an important role to play.

Over the past year, we’ve been attending some outstanding virtual events for ERG leaders, DEI & HR professionals who care about impact and inclusion. 

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