Now Look Inward is a challenge to Corporate America to sweep around its own front door, get its house in order and make Black voices and contributions matter inside their organizations. Raising consciousness is a path forward and practicing what you preach is a must. It’s time to do the real work.
Why You Must Move Beyond Organizational Trauma Towards Organizational Justice
In the season finale of Now Look Inward, Angela has a candid conversation with Dr. Lisa Brown, Region Marketing Manager at Volkswagen of America and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Practitioner. The topics range from traumatic work environments and the stress they yield, particularly for African-Americans to alleviating toxic workplace experiences and working toward what she calls “organizational justice.” Lisa also offers expert advice and words of encouragement to those in the DEI space or seeking it as a future career path.
Empathy and Allyship for People Leaders
In this very short solo-cast, Angela reflects on the aftermath of sharing such a difficult personal experience with racism and bullying in episode 6, and reveals what she plans to do next to help corporate leaders move towards building a more inclusive work environment and taking deliberate yet mindful steps to get them there. She also touches on what to expect from her next guest, Dr. Lisa Brown.
Why So Many Black People Filter Themselves in the Workplace
As a woman in the white, male-dominated IT, web development and network administration industries, today’s interviewee has done her fair share of adopting and adapting. As a woman who is also black, that adopting and adapting evolved over the years into something much bigger: constant filtering.In this interview, Danielle Baldwin shares some of her innermost feelings about being unable to bring her true self to the workplace, having white men consistently take credit for her work and even steal her ideas and how she has continued to thrive in spite of it all, even during the low points. Danielle also has excellent advice for corporate leaders on how and why they must place a strong emphasis on and commit to true inclusion. “It is an actual hard series of changes and it never stops,” she says of diversity and inclusion.
Racism and Bullying Served up Cold at a Company Leadership Dinner
In this solocast, Now Look Inward host Angela Connor opens up about an experience at a company leadership dinner that left her feeling bullied, disrespected and disregarded in a room full of her white male colleagues, none of whom showed any support, or spoke up on her behalf - including the CEO.
Addressing Systemic Racism in Volunteer Organizations
In this episode, Angela spends time with DeShelia Spann, Worldwide Marketing Campaign Manager at Lenovo. With a ton of experience in corporate America and within national volunteer organizations, she sheds light on some of what these organizations are experiencing as they too attempt to effectively address systemic racism and support African Americans while facing many of the same challenges as corporate America. DeShelia touches on the importance of having a diverse friend circle, how it has shaped her own life and perspective and why she believes it could very well be a key to creating some of the change needed. In an interview that spans a myriad of topics, you'll hear stories from Angela and DeShelia that will make you think, and that you'll likely bring to conversations of your own.
A Second Look at Employee Surveys and a Critical Eye on People Managers
Employee satisfaction and opinion surveys are a great place to start for companies really seeking to understand the experiences of employees, particularly minorities. Often overlooked, ignored or written off as diatribes from disgruntled employees, these surveys may hold a treasure trove of data and personal anecdotes outlining issues - some of which go back many years - that reflect company culture. In this solocast, Angela discusses the value of reviewing the data and shares another helpful tip for making real change and ensuring that black voices matter in your organization. Want to reach Angela? Send an email to email@example.com.
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Angela (and her guests) have a lot of wisdom. Soak it up!
I am LOVING the wisdom that Angela and her guests are offering. Not only are they sharing excellent advice and information, but they are offering up their own stories as prime examples of how workplaces “function” and how we all have an opportunity to make them more inclusive and truly diverse spaces. Over the past few months, I have been mindful of listening rather than speaking and seeking out content that helps us all learn and DO better. Angela’s content is some of the best, most REAL and most actionable that I’ve consumed. She is telling it like it is and doing so with both emphasis and empathy. I love what she shared about employee surveys - it made me think again about them as important tools for BIPOC persons to share workplace perspectives in a safe way. And the discussion of being “the only” person of color in a workplace and how that impacts how folks engage - it really gave me pause. It made me re-examine whether/how I have engaged and welcomed team members. Every episode is helping me both learn and unlearn, which is critical for all of us on the journey to true inclusion and diversity. I HIGHLY recommend adding Now Look Inward to your feed and making it a priority to listen, learn and act on what Angela and team are sharing! P.S. I listen to a lot of podcasts and the sound quality of this one is terrific. It’s easy on the ears and is clearly recorded and engineered in a high quality space with talented team members. That’s not always the case - even with podcasts that have high listener numbers, so it’s a real treat to enjoy great content recorded and mixed thoughtfully.
Bravo! I am My Sister’s Keeper!
Angela, long post alert…
Thank you so very much for sharing. I wanted to give you a big hug as your voice quivered recounting your story; it was real and relevant. I too, have been an “only” in various work scenarios and it can be tough to be true to yourself and balance professionalism. I’ve had white men say “Oh Lord, here she comes!” when I walk into meetings. I’m being judged before I even open my mouth! I remember back in the 90’s I walked into my office and overheard two white male coworkers (one a manager) having a racially insensitive conversation. The kicker was that we blacks needed to go back to where we came from. Long story long, I checked both men and went straight to HR. I had those same feelings as you, l felt so small and invisible. My insides were on fire! I felt betrayed because I actually thought we were friends. It didn’t matter how smart I was nor how well liked. I was just a $igg@. After an investigation, the manager was demoted and reassigned to another area where he wouldn’t be a “threat” to me. Go figure!! What about all the others he could potentially hurt with his rhetoric? Sadly, he committed suicide about one year later. I’m sharing this because, while he apologized to me, he could not live with the thought of being checked by a black woman. He felt being white made him more superior and free speech meant he could say anything he wanted. Eventually having the shame of his actions be known to those at our company was too much. Those who are silent do in fact uphold white supremacy no matter how cool they are or how they position themselves to be an ally. I’m proud that the work I do today seeks to level the playing field and create social equity in Detroit. I stand with you Angela and will continue to use my voice and advocate for women and POC. Keep the podcasts coming. I look forward to them every week. I am my sister’s keeper. Much LOVE.
Keeping it real
Keeping it real and respectful. Taking on tough topics with an open honest view points, makes you tune in and take note.