Race Matters

Racism. It’s an emotionally explosive word and one that some believe corporations have vehemently rejected as a serious problem in their organizations.

And while diversity and inclusion have been championed in businesses across the globe, the reality is many people still are not treated equally and do not feel they have a voice. They earn less, are woefully underrepresented in top jobs, and struggle to get equal recognition and opportunity.

In the wake of the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others before them, it's beyond time to tackle this difficult subject head-on. Racism must end, and we need to accept that race—and all differences—do matter. It is only by addressing the inequalities caused by difference on the one hand and valuing that difference on the other that we can harness the true power of diversity.

In this webinar series, we will discuss what business leaders at all levels can say and do to tackle racism in their organizations and in society. We’ll discuss the impact of recent events on the Black community. What White people can do to be authentic allies and drive change. And what leaders and HR can do to address systemic racism and build inclusive organizations for all.

Part 1: Hear Me — Black voices on their pain and anger

Recorded on June 4, 2020
Four Black professionals from three different generations share what George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery's tragic killings and that of many other Blacks means for them and their families.

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Part 2: Stand By Me — How whites can become authentic allies

Recorded on June 9, 2020
White privilege has always been difficult to explore. But without accusation we will talk about how Whites can leverage racial privilege to be effective allies for achieving equity.

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Part 3: In My Shoes — Addressing systemic racism through structural inclusion

Recorded on June 10, 2020
The emphasis of D&I over the past few years has been to tackle people’s behavior with unconscious bias training. But, while worthwhile, it’s not enough. In this webinar we discuss how organizations are tackling the systemic racism in their existing talent systems.

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Part 4: Don't Talk, Do — Creating a racially equitable future as inclusive leaders

Recorded on June 11, 2020
Organizations need CEOs to be champions of racial equity. But to lead their businesses to become truly inclusive and equitable they also need to be highly skilled in a multitude of ways. We talk about what inclusive leadership looks like in action.

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Part 5: Power in the Boardroom — What board directors can do to eradicate racism in the corporate world

Recorded on June 18, 2020
Eradicating racism is now on the corporate agenda. And leaders have the responsibility to act and the power to make a difference.

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