Don’t Mistake Comfort for Safety

Don’t Mistake Comfort for Safety

Comfort is a tricky term in DEI work. We don’t simply mean feeling comfortable enough to speak openly and honestly about culture, values, and goals. When we talk about comfort, we’re really talking about a kind of resistance, because comfort means the security of...

The Cycle of Liberation

The Cycle of Liberation

It’s affirming to see our Leverage to Lead’s values held by others who are working in DEI and social and racial justice spheres. We feel gratified when we see work that is similarly steeped in humanity, and interpersonal growth. When we hear Adam Grant say that our...

Our Humanity at Work

Our Humanity at Work

For a long time, we thought we needed to be blind to differences in order to be fair or equal. If someone embodied anything other than white, able-bodied heteronormativity, their differences were “accepted” and “tolerated,” but never fully seen, let alone welcomed....

Making White Supremacy Visible

Making White Supremacy Visible

A Statement on Violence and the Racial Divide in America One of the first questions heard after the mass shootings across three Atlanta-area massage parlors was, "Where is Black Lives Matter?" After the murder of six Asian American women, amid a year of escalating...

Reframing Nice

Reframing Nice

  We are all socialized to be nice people, believing nice to mean good, kind, and honest. And of course, we should all want to be those things. But the word nice is too often co-opted and weaponized, especially against women and people of color. Being nice is...

A Guide to Reimagining

A Guide to Reimagining

“Our radical imagination is a tool for decolonization, for reclaiming our right to shape our lived reality.” -Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good As the pandemic upends our travel and many other traditions, our ability to adapt...

Advancing Your Own Equity

Advancing Your Own Equity

We’re seeing signs that individuals and corporations want anti-racist change right now. There’s real talk about police reform, open support of Black Lives Matter, and new or revived company DEI initiatives. There is movement in the landscape of social response and...

Corporate Social Justice Starts Within

Corporate Social Justice Starts Within

In the past few months, we have had many organizations reaching out to Leverage to Lead for support in building their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. We talk a lot about corporate culture and safety, so it’s encouraging to see leaders understand the need to...

Reframing Uncertainty

Reframing Uncertainty

We’re no strangers to working through difficult or uncertain times. But the current civic, economic, and personal upheaval we are experiencing can leave us feeling overwhelmed and despairing. All of our training, experience, and skills couldn’t have prepared us for...

Our Addiction to Racism is Killing Us

Our Addiction to Racism is Killing Us

We like to think of racism as individuals mistreating other individuals. We don't understand how we, nice people, are doing any harm. I'm not hurting anyone is what all junkies say. If only "the racists" would get clean, racism wouldn't be a problem. But that's not...