Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Business

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If you’re anything like me, the current Black Lives Matter Movement going on all around the world has really opened your eyes to how you could be doing better in your business to cultivate an environment that is diverse and inclusive.

I’ve had a lot of learning to do over the past few weeks. I had previously thought that being kind and accepting of anyone, regardless of race and/or skin color, was enough. I now know that it’s not enough and if I’m not taking steps to intentionally be aware of how people’s skin color, background, environment, etc. affects their business and their lives, then ultimately I’m part of the problem.

I’ve been collecting and consuming resources over the past few weeks to help me be more intentional with this in both my personal and business life. I wanted to share the list of 5 resources you can use to help you implement change right now because I know I’m probably not the only one out there navigating this.

  • Attaliah over at @ataleaboutagirl on Instagram is offering 30 minute consultations for brands and influencers to help you outline specific action steps you can start right now to incorporate inclusion. These consultations are a $150 investment – just DM her to get the details!
  • Is your team growing? Implement the tips Amanda shares in her free 3-part mini series (links to part 1) so as you’re building your team, you can make sure it’s diverse!
  • Stock photos often play a big role in many areas of a business. Websites, social media, printed media… the list goes on and on! Christina is a super talented photographer who just launched an amazing (and affordable!) stock photography subscription that includes racially diverse models. It’s so, so good – I’ve already used a few photos in the layout of a new course I’m working on!
  • Watch this outstanding video by Feyisola Ogunfemi on How To Support the Black Lives Matter Movement as a Business Owner in 2020 so you can learn exactly what to do in order to take effective action RIGHT NOW!
  • This next one is less business based, but as entrepreneurs we all know that what happens in our personal lives often trickles into our business lives. Make it count by picking a few books to read from the NY Times Anti-racist Reading List!

To be honest, this list could go on and on, but I’m going to stop here because these items are going to be beautiful stepping stones for your business (and mine!) to help get us closer to weaving intentional diversity and inclusion into the day-to-day practices of business. Thank you for being a part of the change!

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