Why I love you.


I do not have a lot of heroes, but one of them is Bayard Rustin. A really visionary and courageous guy. I wish that his story, his work, his life were more well known. A true pioneer…there should be monuments.

I presented yesterday at the SHRM Annual Conference on The Future of Diversity and Inclusion: 5 Next Practices, and I was reminded how much I love being a part of the “band of angelic troublemakers” that Rustin talked about.

It was a truly delightful 75 minutes in a room buzzing with energy and hope and potential.

Diversity and Inclusion work is inherently against the grain and I just cannot help myself but love the people that have chosen or been chosen by this work. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” I have tattooed the words of Walt Whitman on my forearm to better remember “Resist much. Obey little.”

I do not know who you are or why you read this, but I am happy you are here. Lets do more. Lets make more trouble.

Be good to yourselves, and be good to each other.

A new offering –>> FORWARD! workshops…already scheduled for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ping me if you are interested in bringing this workshop into your organization of if you would like to help bring it to your community.



  1. Tina Cabry

    Hi Joe,

    I was one of the SHRM members who attended your 75 minute DYNAMIC presentation on The Future of Diversity and Inclusion: 5 Next Practices. I could have listened to you present on that topic all day. I spoke with you after the presentatin and shared with you how my company instituted a Diversity, Inclusion, and Fairness Committee (DIF Committee, as we call it)about 3 years ago. We’ve created an Mission/Vision Statement, did a few other things to bring awareness to our organization, but now we are stuck as to what we need to do to take the next steps (whatever they may be) to bring us to a new level. I work at Auntie Anne’s Corporate office in Lancaster, PA. Would you be willing to come speak to our DIF Committee? While perusing your website, I noticed you mentioned FORWARD! workshops. I’d be interested in finding out what that workshop offers and if it would be something we can present to all of our associates.

    A few questions:
    1. How much do you charge to come speak to our committee in Lancaster, PA?
    2. We have an All Employee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from about 8:30 to 12:30. 1/2 day meeting here in Lancaster, PA. Depending on how everything pans out after you meet with the committee, and gauge where we are with regards to Diversity and Inclusion, would you be interested in speaking at our All Employee meeting? I realize it is short notice.

    Please let me know your thoughts and availability.
    Look forward to hearing from you very soon,

    Tina Cabry
    HR Manager

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