Let me begin by being explicit: Black lives matter.
Combatting racism and dismantling white supremacy is both personal and political. As a coach, writer, speaker, teacher, content creator, and parent, I am investing my time, money, energy, and attention to calling out white supremacy and committing myself to be anti-racist.
This involves both taking action and doing the quiet, deep, self-awareness work of looking within.
There is both an urgency to act now and a need to lean into long-term sustainable ways of showing up to do this work. And I am committed to doing both.
My mission with this statement is to clearly state my commitments and hold myself publicly accountable. This statement will be updated quarterly.
I will be explicit in calling out the system of white supremacy and how it stands in the way of opportunity and outcomes for BIPOC and people with marginalized identities.
I’m committed to doing the deep work on myself to examine and question my own internalized racism and implicit bias as well as the daily, for-the-rest-of-my-life work of being a force of change in dismantling the system of white supremacy.
I commit to educating myself on anti-racist practices and policies and to being an agent of change within this work.
I commit to engaging with more artists of color, to consume their words and their art.
I commit to continuing to speak with my daughters about racism and to doing this work in my life rather than just on social media.
I commit to auditing my business spending and hiring practices, with the eventual goal of at least 30% of my spending going to BIPOC or BIPOC-owned businesses.
I commit to weekly anti-racism meetings with my colleagues to create a space to deepen our commitments and learning and hold each other accountable to our public commitments.
I commit to continuing to value voices of color on my podcast, with a goal of at least 50% of podcast guests being BIPOC.
I commit to monthly financial support to organizations working to combat racism and change systems.
I commit to using my own voice and platform to uplift voices of color and speak out on an ongoing basis about social justice issues.
I also commit to staying in my own lane, teaching what I know how to teach, and turning towards and amplifying voices of those who teach what I need to learn.
Along those lines, here’s how I’ve invested in anti-racism education so far:
Trudi Lebron’s Show Up and Serve workshop
Desiree Adaway’s Freedom School
Toi Smith’s Business Beyond Profits workshop
Nicole Lee’s Inclusive Life Accelerator
The Adaway’s Group Whiteness at Work Series
Beyond investing in these resources, I’m committing to doing the work of following through on those investments, continually learning, and taking action on my learning so that my anti-racism commitment goes beyond gathering information.
As I step into what’s next in both my own evolution and our cultural evolution, I’m also committing to taking better care of myself—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually—so that I can continue to show up and say yes.
My work has always been about this: how to speak up even when your voice shakes, how to do uncomfortable things, and how to embrace progress and practice over perfection.
And now, in light of the social and global calling forth, it’s taking on a new light for me, even as I fully acknowledge that these problems have always existed.
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