What is Radical Inclusion?

What is Radical Inclusion?

In the DEI world, this artistic concept of negative space translates into concrete guidance for leaders eager to construct their own definition of radical inclusion. This work gets an organization closer to establishing a culture where everyone wants to be radically included. This blog post focuses on how you can begin to  leverage negative space to develop your own definition of radical inclusion. It is the first installment of a 5-part blog series related to the inaugural Belonging at Work Online Summit taking place October 7 – 11, 2019. Save your seat for the Summit here. Registration is FREE!

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Will I See You at the Inaugural Belonging at Work Summit?

Will I See You at the Inaugural Belonging at Work Summit?

Big announcement! My consulting firm is hosting the inaugural Belonging at Work Online Summit taking place October 7 – 11, 2019, and we hope to see you there. The Summit has two primary goals: 1) create an accessible learning experience where leaders, visionaries and change agents come together to network and support one other no matter their physical location; and, 2) equip participants with the confidence, knowledge, and strategies necessary to build intentional, inclusive workplace cultures where each person on the team is recognized, valued and feels a sense of belonging. Save your seat for the Summit here. Registration is FREE!

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Belonging Challenge: Only A Few Days Left to Enroll!

Belonging Challenge: Only A Few Days Left to Enroll!

There are only a few more days for you to join fellow leaders, visionaries, change agents, movers, and shakers in getting the support you need to grow the #BelongingMovement. The Belonging Challenge will clarify your vision of what it means to belong at work, offer one 5 minute action you could take each day during the month of February, and connect you to the mentorship and peer support you need to stay focused. If this sounds like a good fit for you, enroll in the program today! Registration for the Challenge closes on Thursday, January 31 with the first belonging challenge kicking off on Friday, February 1. Together, let’s grow the #BelongingMovement!

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Make 2019 the Year of Belonging!

Make 2019 the Year of Belonging!

Let’s face it…keeping New Year’s resolutions is tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have made a personal resolution to do more in your workplace to build an inclusive organization, and you aren’t certain where to start, look no further! The RPC Team has developed the 30-Day Belonging Challenge specifically to help you take everyday actions to cultivate a workplace culture of belonging. When you enroll in the Challenge, you’ll spend about 5 minutes each day (tops!) incorporating some of the concepts from Rhodes Perry’s new book, Belonging At Work. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today, encourage a friend or a colleague to join you, and together let’s grow the #BelongingMovement!

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TDOR & Beyond: How Can You Support Transgender Communities?

TDOR & Beyond: How Can You Support Transgender Communities?

Today we celebrate International Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience. The day effectively raises visibility to the significant barriers transgender & non-binary people endure in all aspects of our daily lives; however, TDOR alone is not a panacea to dismantle them. Complimenting the day, we need more cisgender allies, accomplices, and champions committed to doing the day-to-day work required to improve the lives and well-being of our communities. This blog post offers more background about TDOR, and encourages you to consider what more you can do to support transgender & non-binary people.

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Belonging At Work After the Elections

Belonging At Work After the Elections

On World Kindness Day, Rhodes Perry moderated a panel discussion with some of today’s most inspiring diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leaders. Together, they discussed how workplace leaders could cultivate workplace cultures of belonging after the midterm elections. If you were unable to participate in the November 13 discussion, you now have the opportunity to watch a recording of the panel and learn how political changes impact workplace culture. You will also gain insights on how to navigate politics and lead on workplace belonging.

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What If We Could Change the Culture of Work?

What If We Could Change the Culture of Work?

Save the date! Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization, launches November 13th! Join the movement! Share what belonging at work means to you by using the hashtag, #belongingmovement, and #belongingatwork on your social media platforms. Then register for the November 13th panel discussion with workplace thought leaders featured in the Belonging at Work book by visiting: www.rhodesperry.com/register.

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What Does It Take To Dismantle Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Nonbinary Workers?

What Does It Take To Dismantle Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Nonbinary Workers?

On National Coming Out Day (October 11), I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion about dismantling workplace barriers for transgender and non-binary (TNB) people at Portland State University’s School of Business. The event was organized for participants interested in learning more about the workplace barriers TNB people in the Portland Metropolitan Area endure, and how community members can help dismantle them. Students, business leaders, elected officials, and government executives all showed up to the event to gain new knowledge, skills, and support in being a part of a community effort to expand economic opportunities for TNB people.

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month!

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month!

This October, let us celebrate, remember, and honor the sacrifices and hard work of the many LGBTQ people, and our allies, who have come before us to help make the workplace a more welcoming and inclusive environment for so many within the Rainbow Family. For ideas on how to talk about the importance of this month at work, please review this great list.

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Celebrate September

Celebrate September

Celebrations and September go hand-in-hand. This year is especially worthy of celebrating. Why? September is my birth month, and this month marks the completion of writing my first book, Belonging at Work! l wrote the book to help leaders, and those on their way to joining them, build diverse and inclusive workplaces. The stories, case studies, and research featured in the text offer everyday actions you can take, no matter your role, to build a more inclusive organization.

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Honor Immigrant Heritage Month & Champion Immigrant Inclusion

Honor Immigrant Heritage Month & Champion Immigrant Inclusion

#ImmigrantHeritageMonth is celebrated to recognize the significant contributions immigrants have made and continue to make in the United States. Now more than ever, diversity, equity, and inclusion champions must amplify the importance of this month at work. It's on us to be the change we want to see in the workplace and the world. The time is right - right now - to #KeepFamiliesTogether, advocate for the rights of our colleagues no matter their national origin, and defend our values.

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Be a LGBTQ Workplace Champion by Avoiding These Five Mistakes

Be a LGBTQ Workplace Champion by Avoiding These Five Mistakes

Happy Pride! This post is written especially for those DEI champions ready to take their efforts to the next level. These leaders understand the compelling business case for LGBTQ inclusion, and are ready to begin taking action to build a more inclusive organization. Before getting started, it’s important to understand the common mistakes executive teams often make, and learn the strategies available to avoid them.

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Join the Pride 30-Day Challenge!

Join the Pride 30-Day Challenge!

Good news – 23 days from today, the 30 Day Pride Challenge kicks off! The challenge offers proven strategies any employee can take action on, no matter their position within an organization. For only $27 - less than $1/day - you will gain support, simple actions, and the confidence needed to cultivate inclusive workplaces for your LGBTQ colleagues. Through these efforts, you will make significant contributions that will signal to your LGBTQ colleagues that they are respected, valued, and belong at work. Enroll today!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Celebrating 30 Years of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame

This Saturday I’ll be speaking at the University of Notre Dame’s 30th Anniversary Celebration of its Gender Studies Program. I am so honored to join a panel discussion with five fellow graduates of the program. Together we will share how our gender studies degrees have shaped our experiences in the world since graduation. We’ll be joining students, faculty, and staff in celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of the Program over the past three decades, while connecting with students and learning more about their scholarship.

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Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People

Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People

This Saturday, Rhodes Perry Consulting teams up with the Portland Area Business Association (aka the City’s LGBTQ Chamber) and NedSpace to host a community listening session focused on dismantling workplace barriers organized by and for transgender and non-binary Portland residents. PABA board leadership in particular is looking to gather community-informed recommendations as to how to dismantle these barriers with the goal of educating local businesses, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and funders. There’s still a few free tickets available to participate, and local transgender and non-binary folks along with allies can secure seats here.

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Explore the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trends

Explore the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trends

Earlier this year, the Belonging at Work team developed a blog series exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. To connect with fellow professionals, we’ll be offering a live webinar next Thursday, April 12 where participants will have an opportunity to further explore these trends. The learning kicks off at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time, and DEI professionals along with anyone else interested in the concept of how to cultivate workplace cultures of belonging are encouraged to register here: www.rhodesperry.com/register.

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2018 DEI Trends: Holding Leadership Accountable to their Diversity Commitment

2018 DEI Trends: Holding Leadership Accountable to their Diversity Commitment

This week’s post examines several strategies designed to link the performance of the senior executive team to their ability in meeting the organization’s DEI goals. It concludes a six-week series examining emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. If you found this series helpful, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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Cultivating Workplaces of Belonging

Cultivating Workplaces of Belonging

Belonging – it's the reason why I started my business, and it's the driving force behind why I've dedicated my career to inspiring others to open their hearts and minds to new people, ideas, and experiences. As I continue to build a purpose-driven business designed to make it easier for professionals to bring their whole selves to work, I am eager to learn more about the specific challenges you are looking to address, and how I can offer support or guidance. I encourage you to let me know how I can help by sending a quick email.

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2018 DEI Trends: Refreshing the Interview Process to Reduce Bias

2018 DEI Trends: Refreshing the Interview Process to Reduce Bias

This week’s post examines several strategies designed to reduce unconscious bias during the interview process. It is a part of a six week series examining emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. After reading this post, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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2018 DEI Trends: Assessing the ROI of Your Diversity Efforts

2018 DEI Trends: Assessing the ROI of Your Diversity Efforts

Last week I published the third of six posts exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. This week’s post examines how we can effectively measure the impact of our DEI initiatives. The content specifically dives into how your firm can incorporate metrics to determine the true ROI of your organization’s DEI efforts. After reading this post, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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