Pledge a solution. Whilst advocating for diversity and inclusion publicly is a start, just posting a black post on Instagram one day and going back to business-as-usual the next day won’t change anything. Demonstrate your actual commitment to ethnic minorities by changing your practices. Go out and support the minority groups you pledge to support. Start by actively seeking out businesses to partner with. Simply attending unconscious bias training is not enough. We all have unconscious biases. It’s a part of life. But how are we actually acting upon this knowledge, whether it’s unconscious bias, microaggressions or systemic bias? Each individual needs to digest, think about, then speak out about changing any structural inequalities they see at work.
As part of our series about ‘5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society’ I had the pleasure to interview Rita Kakati-Shah.
Rita Kakati-Shah is an award-winning, gender, diversity and inclusion thought leader as well as career strategist and advisor to Fortune 500 companies. She is the Founder and CEO of Uma, an international platform that attracts, retains and develops women and minorities in the workforce. Rita has been featured in several international publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Thrive Global, and is regularly invited to speak and guest lecture at various global policy and academic institutions such as UNESCO in Paris, European Parliament in Brussels, Woman Who Matters in Moscow, Women in Politics in Los Angeles, Women in Finance in London and High Water Women in New York.
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