The Adaway Group helps to build resilient,equitable and inclusive organizations.
Leading difficult conversations on race, class + gender.
It is not enough to focus on diversity. We have to focus on creating inclusive and equitable organization.
My work over the past few years has been focused on helping institutions—to create more welcoming and supportive work environments for everyone, especially people of color, women, and, more recently, those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ++), and disability communities.
Many of the organizations and businesses I work with want to create a diverse organization for many reasons, some are looking for diversity to bring new skills, competencies, and networks to their organizations; some are compelled by gaining access to different markets and honestly some want access to new funders and partners. They know what the research has shown: that if an organization wants to be sustainable and at all relevant moving forward doing equity and inclusion work is not optional, it is essential.
Diversity is about increasing representation; it has very little to do with changing institutional cultures.
Diversity is about quantity. It has nothing to do with shared power and creating welcoming organizations.
What drives people out the door?
“It is typically NOT the headline grabbing incidents that drive most workers, people of color or LGBT folks out the door. Research shows that the last straw is typically just another slight after an extended period of enduring daily micro-insults against them.”
– Giving Notice, 2007
To create sustainable organizations that are welcoming to people of color, significant and intentional work must happen
My goal is to help well-meaning organizations, understand that ONLY having black or brown people in your organization does not make you a diverse organization.
A truly inclusive organization – an organization that welcomes, respects, supports, and values diversity within the organization – invests in programs that build relationships with diverse communities, develops and empowers diverse leadership, invests in staff and community development, through knowledge and action, systematically changes the culture of the organization so that all individuals and groups are encouraged to fully participate.
I work with conscious and caring leaders to give them the skills to cultivate rich, rewarding, and meaningful relationships and conversations across race so that organizational culture CAN change.
The Adaway Group helps transform your team and culture—developing alignment, clarity, creativity, and effectiveness through meaningful relationships and conversations so your team can focus on what’s most important–working together to create real and lasting change in the world.