This year, I realized that not being racist isn’t enough. It delivered urgency to be actively anti-racist in both my personal and professional life.
But if 2020 jolted me awake, 2021 has kept me wired and restless. Ideals, priorities and values that were surfaced last year have stayed top of mind. Though my individual diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey will look different from yours, what hopefully unites us is our commitment.
To help, here are four DEI lessons I learned from my work as VP of Global Marketing at Google this year, along with tools to inspire all of us in 2022. After all, our work is never done.
For years, I’ve witnessed the transformational power of sharing personal stories within my team. Hearing first-hand journeys about identity has helped us shape a culture of psychological safety and belonging.
When we expose rarely seen aspects of ourselves — however raw, imperfect or not-figured-out — we foster empathy, build trust and deepen connection with others. For most of us, it’s the courage in this open sharing that defines vulnerability.
But there’s another type of openness that is equally significant: We must own our blind spots. Questioning, listening and learning should be celebrated and valued as another way to connect and grow.
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