Diversity and Inclusion – Celebrating our differences through never-ending curiosity

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Celebrating our differences through never-ending curiosity

What is dignity worth to you?

Imagine you work and live in an environment where your uniqueness is welcomed and embraced.

Imagine a workplace where every voice is valued, diversity and inclusion is the culture and equity is the norm.

This is possible for all of us.  Removing barriers and reducing biases.  Amplifying marginalized voices to drive sustainable change and inclusive behaviour.

You will discover your diversity and inclusion journey by being curious, engaging in candid conversation. If you feel uncomfortable at some point, continue your journey, because getting out of your comfort zone will allow you to explore all the richness that surrounds you.

Fear or ignorance should no longer fuel you. Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced. Change is always an opportunity to reflect, act and so much more…

We have reached a pivotal moment where we must reset the button, unlearn, relearn and learn a new normal.

And don’t misunderstand me. It is you who determines how that normalcy should look and feel.

Having that ability and maturity to be your authentic self, accepting and appreciating everything you are, both your imperfections and your qualities.  Dare to celebrate your beauty, your culture.

You have the freedom to determine who you become. Putting yourself first is not egocentric, it is a humble technique of self-esteem. Knowing who you are in order to connect with others. Be ready to show your vulnerability.

No need to fit in a box, get rid of the box. You have a unique fingerprint.  Embrace it and the footprint you will leave will be worth it.

Courage, compassion, consistency and communication are part of my human toolkit. I have developed a genuine curiosity for people. My travels have enabled me to develop my cultural awareness. I have built amazing relationships across the globe. The various hardships I experienced have only made me stronger. Humility is my daily vitamin and God is my GPS. You are not alone and will never be. Be unapologetically intentional.

My mission in life is to break the silence of invisible inequality and neutralize biases. Empowering everyone to rise and celebrate their beautiful ethnicity, culture and life journey. Creating a safe space for sharing stories and unshackling limiting beliefs. My name is Khady Gaye Sow.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Khady Gaye

Global HR Leader, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Change agent, Inspirational storyteller

Described as a natural relationship builder, KHADY thrives to empower the uniqueness of everyone she interacts with so they can be their authentic self.

Born and raised in Ghent, Khady Gaye has Senegalese roots. She considers herself as a citizen of the world. Masters in translation and Human Resources Management, she developed a genuine interest and curiosity for people and built her career in HR. Multilingual, her work experience shifted from local to international HR for different companies.
She is currently based in Chicago and acts as an HR Manager for United Airlines. Actively involved in DEI related activities, she gets her energy in connecting with others.

Her mantra: Inclusion is the solution to exclusion.

Khady has been recently featured on the Women Thrive Summit hosted by the Women in Business Club where she shared her incredibly inspiring talk on Diversity and Inclusion: the road to collective success.

Did you enjoy this article? Read my recent post about How to Empower Women to Succeed and Thrive Globally.

8 Ways to Ease Writer’s Block

By Dhara Singh, Storytelling and Niche Coach

Are you someone who has brilliant story ideas, but when the moment comes to sit down and write a post – your mind goes blank?

As a full time, storytelling coach and former journalist what if I told you this is completely normal even for someone who writes professionally. 

In fact, here are 8 strategies that have helped me ease writer’s block and find my footing again. 

  • Turn Your Copy Into A Letter

When perfectionism strikes and you find yourself forcing the professionalism in your writing – immediately stop. Take a step back and reframe your story as a letter you were writing to a friend. 

Or even better think of one of those Future Me letters where you write a letter to yourself in the future – what stories would you include?

  • Brain Dump 

Sometimes you need to forget the perfect grammar for a second and simply get words on a page. Sink deep into your inspiration zone and let the fingers loose on the keyboard. Write straight for 15-20 minutes then pause, take a deep breath and resume.

I remember once I wrote a top paper when I was younger by simply going to the library and cracking it out for 3 hours straight. I only tweaked the grammar and sentence structure after I was done. 

  • Dress Up 💄💃🏽

You heard that right. Sometimes you have to wear a comfortable flowy dress with some mascara to start feeling at ease. Wearing comfortable clothing has allowed me to write some of my best pieces!

  • Read a Book

Sometimes we’re so focused on creating a picture-perfect story that we forget why we even started in the first place. If you’re reading this then you’re likely a natural storyteller so makes sure to keep the fun and creativity alive.

One way to regain your creativity is to read someone else’s stories. They say great writers are great readers for a reason. As you immerse yourself in someone else’s storyline you may suddenly feel inspired to create a work of art as well. 

  • Call a Friend

You don’t realize it, but you already tell your friends stories all the time. Why not hop on the phone and exercise that storytelling muscle by telling your friend how your day was. As you chat back and forth, you’ll feel inspired to weave together details into your own written story.

  • Voice Record

A controversial yet honest take is that not all storytellers are great writers. You may be a great verbal storyteller. In this case, why not voice record your draft instead of writing it. Later use a service such as Otter to transcribe your story for you. 

The hard part is done!

  • Take A Shower

Sounds silly right? If you’re especially empathetic, refreshing yourself with a nice shower will not only ease your writer’s stress, but you’re more likely to get an inspired download or two. 

  • Pitch Yourself in a Networking Room

Close the notebook and word document for a minute. Instead, I want you to download the Clubhouse app and pitch yourself in a networking room.

Clubhouse is THE storytelling app. I nicknamed it that because there hasn’t been a single room I haven’t attended where someone didn’t share a personal story.

By being in the company of others bravely sharing their stories, you’ll also feel more inspired to finish yours. 

Not to mention by pitching your story in a 30 second elevator pitch you can build your confidence. 

At the end of the day, storytelling is supposed to bring you joy! It’s an opportunity to let your natural creative power flow. Once you’re having fun – that’s when the writer’s block fades away!

 

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