These are extraordinary times. In addition to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are once again experiencing the pain and conflict arising from the killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer. The country is yet again being forced to face its painful history of systemic racial prejudice towards people of color, and people everywhere are rightfully demanding meaningful change. The issue of racism goes beyond the killing of George Floyd, however. It is a “we” problem, and it’s going to take all of us to speak up, speak out, and be a voice for change. As business leaders, we have to confront the injustices that we see at work and put the spotlight on what’s happening inside our corporate walls. This week’s show is a replay of an episode in which Laura Morgan Roberts addresses the issue of racism in corporate America, and offers powerful solutions for all of us.
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Professor Laura Morgan Roberts is an expert in diversity, inclusion, authenticity and identity development. She chats with Marcel Schwantes about her recent article, “Toward a Racially Just Workplace,” and tackles what is seemingly the most uncomfortable conversation in the work environment. Click here to get the full show notes from the original episode.
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