“My wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable,” wroteTa-Nehisi Coatesin Letter to my Son.
We often say, show up with authenticity. Live with pride of who you are. And we’ve seen the research that shows that being able to come to work out and proud as an LGBTQ+ person, and feeling like your religion, your heritage, your race, your age, your disability are embraced and respected as part of who you are can improve productivity, and can impact a company’s innovation and ROI.
Derby day 2018 was my last day of drinking alcohol.
I’m grateful that my last day was one with great memories spent at Churchill Downs with Derby Diversity & Business Summit. No negative ramifications from drinking — just the realization that it was the right time. I had the power to stop, I now had to choose to stop.
Throughout the day, we heard from P&G team members including Nalina Bates who reminded us that, “Diverse organizations outperform and out innovate other organizations.” And, from Karl Preissner, who described MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), and said, “Discussing systemic cultural advantages (privilege) is important, because understanding it, and the various ways it impacts us drives how we build inclusion in the workplace.”
In fall 2018, through a partnership between the Aspen Institute and ArtPlace America, IDEAS xLab co-founders Josh Miller and Theo Edmonds were able to participate in Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar.
Embarking on an early morning run in the days following the seminar, I mentally wove together facets of my experience as I transversed the bridge and trails connecting Louisville and southern Indiana, while continuing the photo series started before our hours of dialogue.
On November 7, 2018, the Humana Foundation’s Thought Leadership series, designed to spark innovative and collaborative thinking, brought Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience to Louisville to discuss over 20 years of work and research done by she and her late husband Dr. John Cacioppo around social connection and loneliness. “Social isolation is a discrepancy between our current and expected relationships,” she said.
A new series of reports by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reiterate something we know to be true. Discrimination is alive and well in America.
Particularly, communities of color and LGBTQ+ individuals are impacted by policies, systems, and cultural norms rooted in racism, xenophobia, and homophobia.
Earlier this summer, the Aspen Institute’s annual Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off with Spotlight Health — a three day conference highlighted by keynote speakers, one-on-one interviews, interactive sessions and panel discussions, all contributing to an on-going conversation around improving health. Spotlight Health brings together leaders from all disciplines to share stories, experiences, innovations and ideas for combatting our world’s greatest health challenges.