Like all of you, I have watched the events in Charlottesville unfold with a mixture of shock, disgust, and deep sadness. It goes without saying that these events are inconsistent with our shared values and commitment to inclusion. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” I couldn’t agree more.
So many people are feeling uncertain and fearful. And they are bringing these fears to work. People are looking to companies and leaders to “show them” exactly how they will be protected, supported, and included at work. And that means we are all feeling a greater shared responsibility than ever to lead the change. We know that it has never been more important for us to renew our collective commitment to bridge differences through open and respectful dialogue, where we seek to understand different points of view and demonstrate a willingness to confront our own biases. Never has it been more important to build inclusive workplaces where everyone is respected, valued, and can succeed. I am so grateful we have this strong community where we can advance this work together.
As you navigate these complex issues in your organizations, I wanted to share some Catalyst resources that may be helpful in facilitating difficult conversations, opening lines of communication, and fostering healing.
As we all continue to process these hateful events, one thing is clear: The more intolerant the world, the greater the urgency to make positive things happen inside our four walls at work. Our job—bringing people together, including rather than excluding, making room for everyone to succeed—matters more than ever. We very much look forward to continuing to make positive progress happen together. Thank you for all you are doing to champion change.