In this episode, Sacha chats with her mentor and cousin, Lolita Chandler, a 40-year veteran in the DEI industry. They discuss what has changed about this work through the years and what remains the same.
If you are just starting your career in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, justice or any iteration thereof, this is the episode for you. We cannot know where we are going as an industry if we don’t know where we’ve been.
Sankofa: “go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful.”
As we do this work and others begin their journeys, we must learn from and honor the past and those who have done the work before us.
One of my greatest inspirations is my cousin, Lolita Chandler (or as I call her “Aunt” Lolly). At the pandemic’s start and towards the end of my time in corporate, we would spend hours talking about where DEI started, where it was now, what has changed, and what has remained the same. I appreciated hearing her stories and how so much has changed in some aspects and not in others. I found that my conversations with her were enlightening and encouraging because we all know that this work is hard.
This episode is my chat with my Aunt Lolly. I hope you find a few nuggets of inspiration that will be useful as you continue the path forward.
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