LOCUS held the second event of our three-part conversation series titled “Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership,” at the Rondo Community Library on Thursday, April 24. This event explored the idea of being a woman of diversity in a professional setting while remaining authentic to oneself. Attendees discussed the desire to be seen for who they are and what they contribute as a person, not solely as a woman or a woman of color.
- As women of diversity, we are able to bring a different perspective and/or understanding that others may have not considered.
- Often times, we sit around the table with others who do not look like us, butit is important to embrace your identity in the same fashion that others around you do.
- Differences between people should always be desired in the professional setting. There have been several studies which support the idea that businesses can be more effective and healthier when there is diversity, whether it is with gender or race.
- It is important to realize that there will regularly be situations in which we may feel uncomfortable in our professional settings. While there isn’t any doubt that women of diversity face hardships in the workplace, however, it is important to understand we can help to break down these barriers.
- Be a “good steward,” work hard, and open the door for the next person. We should always be active in opening the door for multicultural spaces and opportunities, because THAT is how we grow individually, and collectively.