I believe that every person DESERVES to have equal opportunity to lead, thrive, and have their voice heard in every environment they enter and table they sit at. Yes, even those in historically underrepresented and marginalized categories.
Whether at work, home, school, or in your community, YOU deserve to be treated equitably, feel a sense of inclusion and belonging, and have the opportunity to thrive. Creating cultures where people are celebrated, not tolerated requires CULTIVATING COURAGE.
Admittedly, I haven't always been a courage curator encouraging people to make courageous choices and teaching them how to cultivate courage.
I allowed my fear of failing and worry about the unknown + other's thoughts and opinions hold more weight than deserved.
I was choosing comfort over courage.
Courage is a skill that must be consistently cultivated. Professionally and personally, I realized that to be the change agent and leader I was destined to be, it was critical that I countered complacency and comfort with consistent courage.
Once I made the decision that I wanted to chart a different path, the next question was how?
I'm not sure about you, but I must have missed the courage course in school. While most people believe courage is an important and valuable trait to have, many shy away from it.
Been there, done that, and suffered the consequences. Today, I choose courage more consistently and have more courageous conversations, because I developed the skills and knowledge to do so. The power of courage was too impactful to keep to myself.
Today, I travel the country speaking on DEI, courageous conversations, and belonging in the workplace.
I see and speak to so many individuals and organizations choosing the comfortable road and status quo over the courageous and transformational one. We're still living through a pandemic, the Great Resignation continues, and many leaders are struggling with how to incorporate wellness into the workplace.
Gathered over the past six years of doing cultural audits, I have seen what individuals and organizations need to move forward. I am now sharing the valuable insights I have learned from my work as a DEI strategist and past personal experiences in the workplace. To fully embrace courage, we must first understand the competencies of courage.
Bad news: Courage is not an innate trait.
Good News: Courage can be cultivated.
Interested in learning more about how to build a culture people celebrate, not tolerate? I have 3 featured keynotes. I look forward to seeing you soon!
I am also the host of the podcast, Conversations with I Follow the Leader where we have the courageous conversations people want to have, but often are afraid to in the workplace. The conversations are for change agents and leaders who:
Additionally, since 2016, over 40 leaders have had conversations with me to share their advice and perspective with people like you. View Blogs
I currently live in Durham, NC, with my husband Thomas and dog, Remy. Thomas and I are very grateful - we got married right before the pandemic began on 2.1.2020 (the day two became one). We took our honeymoon a few weeks later and when we returned home on March 6th, everything changed.
We adopted Remy shortly after on 4.20.20, and needless to say, he thinks the three of us should be together 24/7 because that is all he knows. Remy has some health concerns that keep us on our toes. He continues to teach us a lot about ourselves and each other, and we love him immensely.
I will likely always consider myself a Georgia peach in my heart & old soul. I was born in Atlanta, GA, and spent most of my life within a 30-mile radius of the city. I grew up in Roswell, went to high school at Dunwoody High, and college at Georgia Tech.
In no particular order... Apple pie, the words marvelous and darling, working out, motivating others, gratitude, GPS, a good book, fresh flowers decorating, laughter, serving others, new adventures, seeing prayers come true, conversations with people I love, cooking, etc.
Publish a leadership book, a fictional novel, and the next book in my children's book series. Visit Italy. Become fluent in Spanish.