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Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and trying to get back in touch with myself and the aspects of my life that make me feel whole, inspired, and alive. As part of that process, I’ve been journaling this year, a practice I was religious about in my teen years but abandoned in adulthood. I woke up today thinking maybe I’d share some of my thoughts more publicly in the hope that my musings might be helpful to others who are trying to navigate their lives with consciousness and intentionality.

So, here’s my musing for today.

My wife and I have been married for over 15 years. They’ve been a great 15 years. Truly. We’ve lived in 3 states, 5 apartments, and owned and then later sold 1 house. I’ll write another time about how homeownership made me feel stifled and trapped. We’ve had 4 wonderful dogs (1 of whom is still alive). We call ourselves Team Squirrel. …

And an invitation to a panel and open discussion

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Dear Fellow D&I Practitioners and Enthusiasts,

My name is Pema Lin, and I’m the Head of People at Medium. I joined this organization about a year ago, and I’ve had the privilege of working with our employee-driven and cross-functional Diversity and Inclusion Committee whose mission is to increase, promote, and improve diversity and inclusion at Medium.

We aspire to become a more inclusive and diverse company, but we’ve been working largely in our own bubble, and with mixed results. Some of our initiatives have gone really well. For example our book club has led to great relationship and community building within our organization. …

2018 Edition

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We believe that having diverse perspectives and voices within our workforce is vital for us to offer diverse perspectives and voices to our readers, and the only way to have meaningful diversity at work is to foster an inclusive environment. Diversity for us includes, but is not limited to, gender, ethnicity, race, culture, socio-economic background, religion, age, physical ability, veteran status, country of origin, primary language, sexuality, political preference, education, and family makeup.

The Data

Every year, we send an optional survey to our staff to gather demographic information and give employees a chance to voice whether they feel our workplace is diverse and inclusive. We sent the survey to staff hired up until November 13, 2018 and the responses are valid as of November 30, 2018. …

In late 2016, inspired by my mentor, Itamar Goldminz, I began to (re)realize the importance of exercising my mind in different ways. My mentor is someone who avidly and consistently reads, pulling in new ideas, and finding ways to integrate them into his thinking. Originally, I started reading all of the blogs, articles, and books he sent my way because I felt like I needed to be able to keep up. After all, he was my new boss who I carefully selected after interviewing dozens of candidates for the role. Upon meeting and interviewing him, I knew he was the one. (Note: of all the candidates, I spoke with, he was the only who asked me about me and what I wanted out of my career and where I most wanted to grow.) …

Pema Lin

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