Systemic racism is real. Thankfully, there are daily actions we can all do with just a little more intention and practice to help create the change we need. Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick visits with me to discuss what diversity, equity, and inclusion means for digital businesses, why self-awareness is crucial to changing systemic racism, how to co-create space for your community to share experiences, the power of asking “tell me more” and how to have necessary conversations so we can keep moving forward together!
In this podcast episode, we share:
- What diversity and inclusion means for digital business owners
- Recommendations for how to be more aware of the internal work we all need to do
- Advice for how to share with transparency and accountability
- How to lower the cost for people in your community to speak up
- The power of asking questions and the “tell me more” method
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- “When we’re talking about systems of oppression, we’re not just talking about what’s visible but about what’s invisible…”
- “Inclusion is really where everyone feels not just that they belong, but they really feel valued for the uniqueness they bring to the table.”
- “I do believe the work has to start with ourselves and looking at what assumptions we’re making, about who we’re talking to, who’s even in our social networks, what voices we’re hearing, what perspectives we’re hearing, what media we are consuming…”
- “Speak from your own healing while also centering on the most impacted.”
- “It really centers on actually not trying to educate or convince someone but really speaking for yourself.”
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is Principal and Founder of Co-Creating Inclusion, a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm with a focus on shifting culture and driving equity through strategic consulting, leadership & team development, workshop facilitation, and business integration. Her mission is to help people, teams, and organizations create culture transformation through inclusion and belonging in order to co-create the conditions where all can thrive and do their best and most fulfilling work.
Alethea is in her element when she has the opportunity to impact all aspects of an organization through an integrated approach that leverages her ability to deal with ambiguity while driving the work forward.
She holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner and certified leadership coach. Her clients include corporate as well as non-profit organizations and private clients across a variety of industries.
Alethea started her career as an architect with a BArch from Pratt Institute, and she spent almost 20 years managing workplace strategy and corporate headquarters projects for major global brands. Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her 8 and 11 year old boys.
Connect with Alethea:
Co-Creating Inclusion Website
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