Black Lives Matter

You love them

That was the immediate response from our seven-year-old this week when I asked what she thinks when she sees someone who looks different to her. 

It was heartening amidst the pain and anguish caused by systemic injustice in the United States. The severe lack of integrity, leadership and compassion at the highest levels of office in the US also defies belief. 

We face similar issues in our country but we, as the unaffected majority, are yet to fully acknowledge the ongoing hurt and harm that our indigenous brothers and sisters face. That’s why so many Australian’s are peacefully protesting this weekend, to try and get us all to acknowledge this uncomfortable truth.

Sad, frustrated and sorry, I’m writing to share how I plan to step up my efforts to normalise equality. Because the events surrounding us remind me that I’m not doing enough and remaining silent isn’t good enough. Because black lives matter. 

I hope it inspires you to work your unique blend of magic and authenticity. To use your platform, however small or large, to make people think and act differently. 

Creating opportunity is the best way I can help to normalise equality. Specifically, improving the way my companies hire. 

My commitment goes beyond using tools like Textio to remove bias from job descriptions and hard wiring support from companies like MWAH. 

I will personally invest in finding the places where people look for work and not rely on services who simply offer reach and convenience. 

This isn’t about quotas. It’s about increasing the surface area of opportunity both for wonderfully different people to further their ambitions while increasing our chances of creating the future with them. 

And I will report on progress. 

This is my commitment. 

The voices of many have informed my thinking on this issue. Two posts, in particular, have stayed with me. This one from Kaleth Wright and this one from Scott Galloway. Because I can’t imagine living life being subjected to constant and systemic injustice, I will continue to learn and act. 

These are the people I continue learning from:

Kaleth Wright, Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force

Vivian Kaye, Entrepreneur

Rachel Rickets, Educator

Rachel Cargle, Educator

I’m also currently reading Fire Country by Victor Steffensen. 

This is not just a note for today, but my commitment as a leader and an ally. 

Part of this journey is being open to new influences. If you have people who you believe I should learn from please let me know. And if a conversation will help clarify how you’re thinking about this important issue, like it did this week in my community, let’s talk.