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On behalf of the WBH Experience team, let me first say thank you for your commitment to continued growth in this arena. D.E.I.I. can present challenges as you navigate and I personally have found it to be one of the most rewarding areas I have ever contributed to personally, as a team, an organization,  a community, and a country. I see the transformational experiences this work offers to so many people across the country each and every single day.
I believe together we can build a foundation for cultural change! And as we continue to become more and more aware we can share our growth with others and they too will be inspired to make their own changes and contributions to the space and to a better future for generations to come. 
Sincerely,

TED TALK

WILLIAM B. HENRY

ROADBLOCKS: My Formula For Creating Success in Life No Matter What!


Over the course of our lives, we hear the term Roadblocks and usually it has a negative connotation. William Henry built this talk to turn your roadblocks from obstacles to opportunities! William specializes in having D.E.I.I. conversations around leadership development, strategic planning, employee engagement, and culture building. He has more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of individual executives, teams, and organizations. His background encompasses a wide range of programs and initiatives for organization design, cultural change and personal development. His stance takes a different approach as he works directly with clients to implement strategies and teach skills that can be carried through every phase of life. William has gained national attention with his motto “We All Play A Role.” William meets leaders where they are in their career path and in their experience of D.E.I.I. knowledge and application: whether it’s newly hired leaders of an organization, key stakeholders taking on challenging new assignments, leaders with management issues, or other high-potential stakeholders who can benefit from clear and constructive feedback. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


One of the most uncomfortable conversations centers around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. One way to help facilitate the conversation is to recognize that it is difficult and use tools that move the conversation forward in the least emotional way possible!

To that end, we have put together a deck of D.E.I.I. flashcards. If you are curious what the second “I” stands for, it is Implementation. These cards help you IMPLEMENT the conversation without the emotion and deals in research and facts!

Each deck contains over 35 of the most used words in the field of work. It can be used to create conversation around the dinner table or in a business or organization on the D.E.I.I. Journey!

We live in a world that is filled with truly heavy conversations. The purpose of this newsletter is to expose you to the lighter side of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. By no means do we take this subject lightly! However, we do feel that things happen in everyday life that highlight the fact that we should be conscious of the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! To that end, I will provide you with anecdotal stories that happen on my everyday journey that will make you laugh, think, self reflect and hopefully explore a deeper conversation in the space with those who are ready for the conversation … Welcome to the Lighter Side of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

The Lighter Side of DEII Newsletter

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The GLOSSARY!


Books & Articles We LOVE

Articles:

1. Women In The Workplace Report 2021

In a year of incredible disruption, women are setting a new standard for leadership…

2. Barriers to Inclusion in the Workplace

The Top Five Barriers to Inclusion and Why You Should Avoid Them!

 

Books:

  1. Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  3. What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson
  4. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  5. White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Podcasts We LOVE

1. Still Processing 

The New York Times’ podcast presence is bigger than just the daily. Hosted by New York Times journalists Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, this podcast is both entertaining and educational, and the two discuss topics around race, DEI in the workplace and key cultural conversations.

2. Code Switch

Code switching involves adjusting one’s behavior or expression in order to make others feel more comfortable, and that’s where NPR’s diversity podcast draws its name. After starting as a blog, journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji take a half an hour every week to discuss race, culture and identity.

3. Hear to Slay

Hear to Slay started by discussing issues facing Black women in the workplace. Now, hosts Roxanne Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom discuss technology, art and politics through a Black feminist lens.

4. The Diversity Gap

As important as these conversations are, they’re only meaningful if listeners turn their knowledge into action, and The Diversity Gap is about just that. Host Bethaney Wilkison talks to industry leaders about where they see gaps in diversity and offers solutions to fill them. 

5. Latinos Who Lunch

In addition to pop culture and art, FavyFav and Bebelito discuss race, gender and class in LatinX communities with the mission of “maintaining visibility, accessibility and philosophy of de-centering white, male dominating cultural practices,” according to the show’s website. If you’re looking to learn more about intersectionality, this is a great place to start!

6. Making Gay History

In order to get where we’re going, we need to take a hard look about how we got here. Making Gay History is an oral history of key figures from the LGBTQ+ movement from 1945-1990. Tune in to hear about “both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes and witnesses” from history, according to the show’s description.

7. Race at Work

Host Porter Braswell wants to create a safe space to talk about how race can affect work experiences and outcomes. On the podcast, produced by the Harvard Business Review, leaders share their personal career journeys and talk about how race, equity and inclusion has influenced their paths.

8. If You Only Knew…with Dr. Debby Stroman

Dr. Debby Stroman was the first Black, female athlete to play at the University of Virginia. Now, she’s a UNC-Chapel Hill professor, entrepreneur, speaker, consultant and advocate. On her podcast, Dr Debby Stroman talks about race and diversity in athletics with some of the most influential leaders at the intersection of athletics and racial equity.

9. Disability Matters

Host Joyce Bender has been on a mission to employ and empower people with disabilities since 2004. With over 700 episodes, the disability employment consultant talks with experts about recruitment, mentoring and accessibility in the workplace.

10. Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox

We don’t want to be biased, but we do our best to touch on many of these topics in our podcast, too! So, for comprehensive conversations with leaders in the DEI space and community, tune in to Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox, hosted by Certified Diversity Executive Jackie Ferguson, on all platforms.


The William B. Henry Experience Podcast


Videos We LOVE


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