Linking Emotions to Equity

Last month, Step Up cofounder Amy Kesling had the opportunity to participate in a weeklong emotional intelligence training from the global EQ leader, Six Seconds. Emotional intelligence is about being smart with emotions, and it’s tied to overall success, individually and organizationally. Why does Step Up care about emotions? Because our approach – Recognizing, Owning, and Disrupting biases – brings[…]

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When you’re the only person of color on a board, you feel like the odd person out

Thank you to Step Up facilitator Alia Stevenson for this Real Stories guest blog. Board membership is a unique opportunity to steer an organization and its resources to advance its mission. Beyond its opportunity to make a difference, it is also an important tool in career progression through networking. With this level of responsibility and opportunity, anyone may feel a[…]

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Equity, Inclusion, Diversity: Interchangeable?

In the world of equity, inclusion, and diversity work, it’s tempting to use these words interchangeably or as shortcuts in communication. Sometimes, that’s fine. For example, when I’m speaking with an investment banker for the first time, I often explain that I do diversity and inclusion training. I avoid using the word ‘equity’ until later in the conversation because I[…]

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