The path to creating a sustainable society that works for ALL people begins inside each of our own hearts and minds as we seek to understand our own biases and stereotypes.

As we dive into that process we will also learn to create and engage in conversations about inequities in the workplace and our communities. We will encourage each other to open up our hearts and minds to listen, empathize and find common ground while challenging each other to identify biases within ourselves and each other in a loving, non-judgmental manner. This is an ongoing practice of communication and engagement. It is crucial that we become conscious, confident, and humble to create lasting changes.

Our goal is to move forward together with a combination of presentations and information from area experts and local leaders, along with small group work in safe circles, and interactive learning with other participants. You bring a lot to the group and our goal is for the business community to come together to share resources, practices, great ideas and lessons learned. We have an engaged group of participants on facebook and a Step Up Book Club that meets monthly to discuss relevant books. The participants are also part of a safe circle group that communicates and shares for accountability between the quarterly sessions.

This is the STEP UP community!

There is no one easy solution to  disparities in our community. If there was, we’d have figured it out by now and we wouldn’t be here. But we are here, still, and we are not okay with that. Change doesn’t happen overnight, as we can see. Change isn’t happening fast enough. But change IS happening and you can be part of that change. You can make a difference. Join us to experience the change.

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