November 11, 2020

Learning to Stop the World from Turning, with Sara Taylor

Episode 66:

Sara Taylor earned a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as a leadership and diversity specialist at the University of Minnesota for five years and as director of diversity and inclusion for Ramsey County, Minnesota for three years.

Sara is the founder and president of deepSEE Consulting and has worked with companies as large as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M Company, AARP, and numerous others. She has a new book, “Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World,” that explores how our unconscious is actually making choices and decisions for us, all without our knowing — and how to change that.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How the individual traumas we experience differ from our collective, societal traumas such as the murder of George Floyd
  • How the murders of unarmed Black men by police officers have continued unabated, even since George Floyd’s murder
  • Why the staggering number of reported murders of unarmed Black men only speaks to part of the story and represents only part of the true tragedy
  • Why the desensitization of these tragic experiences causes us as a society to keep going under the status quo
  • Why organizations need to create resources to support people directly or indirectly affected by these societal traumas
  • Why it is important for diversity, equity and inclusion practitioners to take the time for self-care
  • Why Sara considers conducting focus groups to be the most draining and difficult part of her work in the DEI space
  • Why the number one challenge that marginalized people in organizations face is feeling the need to operate at 150% just to be perceived as working at 80%
  • How diversity, equity and inclusion practitioners are positioned to stop the downward spiral in organizations, but only if they take care of themselves

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