Can you give our audience a teaser of the topics and POV you plan to talk about at our conference?
We always hear companies hiring a diversity and inclusion officer or director. Then a few months later we hear those companies still struggling to retain diverse talent. They blame the lack of qualified diverse applicants, the culture difference in organizations, and many more small problems in a bigger issue. The bigger issue is that companies don't understand the culture and socioeconomic difference most diverse employees have. They don't need cool office pool tables, they need sufficient pay to accommodate for black tax. They don't need fancy office scooters; they need sufficient parental leave and health coverage. I have studied this for the past few years and can't wait to share my insights.
Tell us about what you are working on right now.
I recently published my first print book called "The Art of Getting Sh*t Done" this book focuses on exposing readers on the "How" of getting things done when we live in a "What" to do society. I am doing talks and workshops on the book currently while running my agency Doer Labs.
Please tell us about your background and how you got into your field. What is your story of how you got here?
Being a young immigrant black woman who was steered away from entrepreneurship because of all the assumed risks to now being a successful entrepreneur regardless of my obstacles and resources, I want to pour back into my community. Growing up I was told to get a steady job and that as a person of color and a woman, I would need to work twice as hard to get Half of what others had. I thought this was ridiculous — how could two unchangeable factors of my existence give me such a huge disadvantage? I set out to be the exception to the rule and bring others along with me.
In the next five years, what are the most important things to keep and eye on in your field? Why?
Over the next 5 years, it is key to keep an eye out for the people who are just talking the talk vs those who are actually walking the walk and getting things done. So many people have slapped on fancy titles and become thought leaders/influencers in various fields. They are making all these huge promises. But the truth will come with who keeps doing the work in the next 5 years vs those who were just here for the hype.
Who (person or company) do you feel is doing exciting stuff in your field? Why?
Right now I love the work that NIKE is doing. They are sending public messages about their support for women's rights and the rights of people of color. They aren't just talking the talk, they are walking the walk. Many companies say they support these groups but do little to make a public statement. NIKE taking up Colin Kaepernick after the continued NFL issue was a sign that they wanted to be a leader in the change.
How do you hope Tulip Conference will be better than your typical event/conference? Why?
What I see in Tulip Conference is the opportunity to talk about hard topics in a fun and creative way. Most conferences are so uptight and filled with the "status quo." Tulip will be better than that because of the focus on real, practical change and conversations, not just all the wow factors and shiny objects.
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