Magazine article Working Mother

Step Up and Lead

Magazine article Working Mother

Step Up and Lead

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"When you point a finger at someone, remember that three fingers are pointing right back at you."

My mother would say this to me when, as a child, I blamed someone for something that didn't go my way. Her message: You can only marginally change others, but you can surely change yourself.

After the results of our presidential election became final, I ascribed blame to all the factors that had influenced the outcome. (Can you relate?) I began to question the impact of my 15 years of work in the women's and diversity arenas and challenge its validity.

Then my mother's words echoed inside my head. And then I decided to take action. To do some soul searching about what my colleagues and I had missed. To figure out who we had not included while focusing on building inclusion. To pick a few things to work on where we could make a difference.

Here's where I know our team at Working Mother Media can step up to lead and create action.

1. We will encourage and enable courageous conversations at the corporations we serve through Working Mother, NAFE and Diversity Best Practices. We believe today's environment demands open dialogue between people who might fundamentally disagree on the country's future path, but who must live and work together. We must learn to disagree agreeably; who better than our team to guide the dialogue?

2. Our editors are examining the programs and policies we've campaigned for, championed and supported over the years via initiatives like our Working Mother 100 Best Companies. …

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