February 2020
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Shortly after I moved to Portland in 1980 a colleague, knowing my background with high school and college choirs, invited me to join the Choral Arts Ensemble, a forty-voice group that primarily sang classical music. Oddly enough we were invited to sing back up on a number with singer/songwriter Barry Manilow during his concert here in town. When we showed up for rehearsal the producer took one look at me and walked over to our director and said, "He can't sing."   Continue reading
I’ve been facilitating cross-generational dialogues for over ten years. I started them because I was tired of one-dimensional conversations filled with bias and wrong assumptions about people who were older or younger. After the first three sessions, it was clear to me that we have a lot to learn from each other. Cross-generational mentoring became an integral part of my inclusive leadership coaching process  Continue reading
Over the past few years, I have read and written reviews of a diverse set of excellent books on diversity and leadership from 4 LGBT consultants who like me as Certified LGBT Business Enterprises through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.   Continue reading
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WDN Regional Council Update
Our thanks to Excellus, Starbridge and RTS for hosting our November, December and January meetings!

 The November meeting topic was an overview of the Racial Equity & Justice Initiative (REJI) in Rochester, presented by Sashanna Mitchell, REJI Coordinator. 

The December discussion was based on Frank Staropoli’s October 2019, blog, “In Their Own Words: What It’s Like….” which featured videos by Barunde Thurston and B.K. Irons, in which they presented their very different perspectives on the Black Experience in our country. 

The January meeting focused on New York State 2020 Criminal Justice Reforms and participants reviewed two summaries of the case for and against the new criminal justice reform laws in New York State and then addressed four questions about them in small discussion groups of three.

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Upcoming Events
Friday, March 27, 2020
U of R 2020 Diversity Conference

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Rochester Business Journal Diversity Summit

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