Widen the Window:An Interview with Elizabeth A. Stanley – Part 1 of 2

Widen the Window:An Interview with Elizabeth A. Stanley – Part 1 of 2

A little over a year ago, I received a referral for a potential new client, Elizabeth A. Stanley, through a mutual acquaintance. Little did I know what her work would come to mean for me and my clients at Leverage to Lead. Liz is a distinguished professor, author, and...

Do I Always Have to be a Social Justice Warrior?

Do I Always Have to be a Social Justice Warrior?

Creating Safety and Planned Alliances for Bias Disruption This isn’t an article about soccer, but did you see the U.S. win the Women’s World Cup on July 7? Did you catch the award ceremony where FIFA president Giannai Infantino was booed and the crowd chanted “equal...

Achieving Creative Audacity

Achieving Creative Audacity

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how far many of my clients have come. Several women I work with have reached an amazing stage of their career that I call creative audacity. Though I’ve seen it many times, it’s never anything less than thrilling to watch an immense...

The Story of Your Career

The Story of Your Career

The Psychology of Job Interviews Being a job candidate makes you vulnerable, even in the best of situations. You’re put in the position to prove your value, your fit, your likability. The women of color I work with already struggle with the predominant message sent by...

What Companies and Candidates Need to Know about Hiring for Diversity

What Companies and Candidates Need to Know about Hiring for Diversity

With more than twenty years of experience in Human Resources, I’ve seen just about every kind of hiring practice, including ones that truly help a company hire for diversity and those that undermine a company’s best intentions. Recently, my Diversity, Equity, &...

Our Privileges, Our Selves

Our Privileges, Our Selves

Stopped in My Tracks Recently, I came across a striking passage from So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. She’s a Seattle-based activist who was often an F.O.D. in her circles. With stark honesty, Oluo writes: "I began to see how unaware of our privilege our...

The Personal and Professional Work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Personal and Professional Work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In addition to individual and group coaching, I often work onsite with an organization, facilitating company-wide conversations, workshops, and planning sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). While I write a lot about individual experiences for women and...

Your Company’s Economy May Be the Root of Unconscious Bias

Your Company’s Economy May Be the Root of Unconscious Bias

Every organization operates its own economy—a structure, system, set of rules, and roles for managing resources. A company’s economy is another component of the company culture every employee must learn to navigate. And like any economy, its conditions can be...

You Are What You Value

You Are What You Value

In my last article, I explored the process of finding and living out your purpose. Today, I want to talk about how your purpose is bound to your value. Let’s start unpacking that by distinguishing three kinds of value. The Values You Hold Your personal values are your...

Your Purpose is an Evolving Story

Your Purpose is an Evolving Story

When I ask a new client or acquaintance to tell me what they do, their answer usually falls into one of two categories. Either they give me their job function: I’m a teacher, a lawyer, a designer. Or they give me their job title: I’m an Equity Partner, a Senior Vice...