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Racial Equity Statements: Eloquent Words, but Do You Mean It?

2020 was the year no one could have predicted. We endured two crises simultaneously in COVID-19 and the ongoing racial tensions within our country. Perhaps for the first time I noticed a significant increase in organizations providing statements and reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion. And they were appreciated. But it also prompts a series of actions from me.

The questioning period. Do you mean it? The words that you have taken the time to eloquently share. How are you demonstrating that commitment?

Let me check the organization’s leadership. Perhaps the answer rests in the composition of the individuals required for making decisions. Nope.

Okay how about the Board of Directors? Not one person that looks like me. So how can I believe you? How do I know these words mean anything to you?

And again, I’m less interested in the statement and more curious about how it is being applied. As individuals and institutions, it is time to start thinking deeply about what it means to be white and how race has shaped your life - interactions with others, opportunities in work, and the list goes on. And how flat your messaging falls when you speak about diversity and none is reflected within your organization. I hesitate on talking about equity, inclusion and belonging because we should start with the basics.

Taking a stand is nice, yet insufficient. How will you walk? Where are you going? And who is coming with you?

Renovating Your Strategic Plan Virtually - Part 1: Understanding the Basics

Most associations view strategic planning as a necessary evil and cringe when the three years are up and it’s time to do another plan. Over time Boards can become jaded and skeptical of the strategic planning process, “We waste time and money on developing a plan and it never goes anywhere”. If this sounds familiar, your association is starting with an ineffective plan and/or flawed process to implement. This 3-part series will help you renovate your strategic plan so volunteers can once again get excited about the process and see actual results.

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Event Garde Racial Equity Statement Update

As an exclusively white organization, Event Garde recognizes that we have only begun on a much longer journey toward structural and not merely symbolic change. Here are the commitments we made in our racial equity statement last year, some examples of actions we’ve taken since it was published and examples of ways we continue to hold ourselves accountable going forward. 

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Think Like a Kid… and Find the Fun in Getting Healthy

All the excuses of 2020 aside, most of us kick off any new year with a million goals about our health. The huge influx of people to the gym that seems to dwindle off by the end of February. So, how do we find a routine we can commit to? My advice – think like a kid.

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Racial Equity Statements: Eloquent Words, but Do You Mean It?

2020 brought a significant increase in organizations providing statements and reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion. While they were appreciated, it also prompts a series of actions.

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Gardian of the Month: James Bell III

James Bell III, Founding Principal of Just Solutions LLC is our Gardian of the Month.

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The Importance of Honoring Black History Month

Every year Black History Month sparks the annual debate about using one month to celebrate the history and accomplishments of African Americans. In 1926, when Carter G. Woodson pioneered the idea of Negro History Week, we’re sure he would have never imagined a whole month to coordinate the teaching of history of Black Americans in our nation’s public schools. And now 95 years later, James Bell III wants more.

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