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ColorComm 2017: Earning Our Seat at the Table

Feeling a sense of belonging at this years’ Annual ColorComm Conference – Surprise Yourself, allowed us a peek at what a matriarchal society could look and feel like! If you’re not familiar, this conference attracted over 400 women of color (and a few good men) in communications at the mid- and senior-levels. This unique community is able to discuss important issues and learn from the best talent in the industry on taking your career to the next level. A microcosm of a matriarchal society. Cue the song by Beyoncé Girls Rule the World!

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Navigating the Language of Diversity and Inclusion

The story of diversity and inclusion is a people story – a story directed to, and about people with, identities, hopes, desires and dreams. It is also a story of language and aspirational ideas.

So, how do we communicate the complex concepts of personal identity, unity, fairness and respect? What kind of place do we want the world to be? What standards do we set for our communities and places of work? How do we break down barriers and become the best global community we can possibly be?

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ColorComm Conference 2016: Speak up. Follow up. Stand up.

We were standing in a row—a female attendee, myself (a man) and the A/V guy who was working the sound in the room. “Look at their feet,” said Linda Clemons, renowned body language expert. “Feet don’t lie!”

I stood there, in my usual stance, staring down at the space between my outwardly-pointing dress shoes and those of my female counterpart, whose heels were parallel and much closer together.

“You see, men walk into a boardroom and they take up real estate and own it. Women need to do the same,” Linda continued, giving me a quick look before turning and nudging the female to my left. “Otherwise, we will continue to be able to be pushed over.”

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LGBT Pride Month: Celebrating Talent Without Bias

June is LGBT Pride Month in the United States – a time for people, businesses, cities, etc. across the country to recognize and celebrate the diversity, contributions and accomplishments of the LGBT community. And while we celebrate the progress that the community and its allies have fought so hard to make thus far, LGBT Pride Month is also a time to remind everyone about how far we still have to go. I’m thankful Ketchum is an organization that has taken steps to demonstrate that equality and inclusion is a valued priority that benefits its employees and the company as a whole.

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Diversity & Inclusion: Looking Ahead to ColorComm

I’m excited to attend the 2015 ColorComm Conference (C2) – The New Reality, this week in Key Biscayne, FL. The conference, which draws more than 300 multicultural professional women and men, is held annually and features innovative programs and topics presented by the Communication industry’s top practitioners and thought-leaders.

I was fortunate to attend ColorComm last year and it was a life-changing experience. As a woman of color, the conference was the first time I was among more than 300 women in a professional setting who looked a lot like me! The feeling of belonging and instant connection that was created due to our shared life experiences was palpable. The confidence that I felt in learning from others who have blazed a trail similar to the one I’ve been traveling, and who were willing and eager to pass along pearls of wisdom, was uplifting.

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Confidence, Courage and Connections

I recently had the privilege of representing Ketchum at the inaugural ColorComm (C2) conference in Orlando, Florida. The brain-child of Lauren Wesley Wilson, Founder and Chief Networking Officer, ColorComm, was created to be an intimate business conference where women of color in communications can share experiences, challenges and insights.

Over 200 multicultural professional women (and a few men too) came together to be among the first to witness what proved to be an informative and inspiring experience. The event lived up to expectations and delivered on all fronts, particularly motivational speaker Gloria Mayfield Banks, who provided a few particular pearls of wisdom that I was inspired by and feel compelled to share.

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