Over the past few days, I, like many of you, have been following the news around the murder of George Floyd, and I’m still trying to process it all. The senseless violence, the broken communities, the growing list of black Americans whose lives have been taken from them in brutal and tragic ways. Simply put, I’m heartbroken, confused, sad and angry.
But I also have an innate need to take action. The black community needs our support, and they need to know they’re not alone as we fight for justice and equal treatment from everyone, including all individuals and institutions.
So, what can we, as a community of women leaders, do? I saw a guest column in Fortune’s Broadsheet e-newsletter that really hit home for me. It was written by Jotaka Eaddy, the founder and CEO of Full Circle Strategies, and a former senior advisor to the president and CEO of the NAACP. Eaddy wrote about what we can all do to be allies right now. Her words were simple and wise, and her action items made sense to me. She said that to “end this violence, racism and nonsense, you have a role to play. Here’s how you can really help: talk to your friends and family members. Change the hearts and minds at your dinner tables and among your own circles of friends.”
Eaddy said that it’s also helpful “for you acknowledge the pain that many are feeling and to speak out and take action. Be bold and use your privilege to shed light on bias and racism. Some of you are doing the important work to dismantle racism. Please keep doing it.” She had other ideas as well, but I will let you check out the article.
The bottom line: Women in Retail Leadership Circle is and always will stand against racism of any kind. We are open to ideas on how we can elevate our message and mission around this. Please let me know how we, as an organization can help. Are there any books we should be reading and sharing with our audience? Any topics we should be covering in our e-newsletter and the other content we produce? I may not have all the answers, but I’m open to working together to end this injustice. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be well and take care of each other.