Inclusive Conversations:  Are Your Communications Making FRIENDS or FOES with People of Color?
Apr12

Inclusive Conversations: Are Your Communications Making FRIENDS or FOES with People of Color?

A lot of my peers grew up watching the popular 90’s sitcom FRIENDS. But not me. I refused to watch because the characters lived in a diverse community in New York but looked nothing like the melting pot that I knew existed beyond their famous apartment building (Please don’t go there about Ross’ black girlfriend). I think about FRIENDS in nonprofit meetings when people ask? “Why aren’t more people of color giving to our...

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Inclusive Conversations: Confrontation versus Conversations
Apr05

Inclusive Conversations: Confrontation versus Conversations

Two weeks ago, my college friend Kim Pevia and I led the second webinar in The Inclusive Conversations series called How to Talk to Your Boss (and co-workers) about offensive communications.   It was all about how to stop ignoring “The Crunch,” have difficult conversations in the office, and promote a more inclusive environment. We think that communication’s pros are uniquely positioned to be Champions for Inclusion and...

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Inclusive Conversations: Moving Beyond the “Crunch”
Mar14

Inclusive Conversations: Moving Beyond the “Crunch”

Communications directors are in the perfect place to lead inclusive conversations–but let’s be honest–it’s not always easy. My colleague, Kim Pevia, is an expert in this field and she often calls inclusive conversations “crunchy.” I’ve dubbed it “challenging” or “messy,” but the image of the “crunch” resonated. “You know the moment when it happens,  you feel it in your body. It’s a discomfort. It’s palpable. That’s...

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Your Invitation into the Circle of Trust
Feb13

Your Invitation into the Circle of Trust

On today’s #NPCOMM Chat Live, Antionette Kerr and I talked about creating a Judgement-Free Zone or Circle of Trust around cultural competency for nonprofit communications directors, or as we are calling it Inclusive Conversations. First of all, we need a better name for this concept that doesn’t conjure up fitness center commercials or Robert DeNiro forcing you out  “Meet the Fockers” style.  Feel free to help...

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Inclusive Conversations: Don’t Call Them That!
Feb07

Inclusive Conversations: Don’t Call Them That!

I had been asking around, researching, and interviewing nonprofit friends about inclusive language for the upcoming webinar Don’t Call Them That: Language that Divides, well before the most recent national controversy. Now it seems as though the international conversation (albeit embarrassing) has forced us to talk to each other about things said behind closed doors (and sometimes in public). Although there have been denials about the...

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Inclusive Conversations: Make a Statement of Inclusion for 2018
Dec14

Inclusive Conversations: Make a Statement of Inclusion for 2018

Antionette Kerr is back with us today for another post in the series we are calling “Inclusive Conversations.” It’s all about cultural competency and how communications staff can not only be more inclusive and therefore effective in their communications work products, but also lead these conversations within their own nonprofits.  Stay tuned for much more in 2018! ~Kivi Inclusive Conversations: Make a Statement in 2018   As 2017 draws...

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