In a conversation spanning an array of topics, including the pressure many African-Americans are feeling in the workplace to step up and lead discussions on diversity and inclusion, or educate the masses on what it’s like to be black in America, Angela speaks candidly with Surayyah Harris, MBA – Senior Director of Digital Activation at a large, global professional services firm. Surayyah speaks from personal experience, shares strong opinions and also touches on how she’s asserting her influence in the organization to create safe spaces for difficult conversations.
In the first solo-cast, Angela incorporates components of an email received from a listener sharing how unaware she was of the prevalence of racism in Corporate America. This heartfelt, honest admission from a corporate leader who knew racism existed, but had not tied it to the workplace is an important part of creating lasting change. Angela also moves into the stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’ and another relatable story about hurtful assumptions.
In this bonus episode, Angela shares a microaggression she experienced in the workplace back in 2016 that still sits with her today. Angela felt compelled to revisit this incident, which is published on Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global, and share it on the podcast as a teachable moment and raise consciousness around such matters which are common among African-Americans in the workplace.
In the first episode of Now Look Inward, Angela Connor talks to a veteran HR professional who spent 20 years in HR at a large, global company. In the interview, she shares stories and gives insight into what it’s like to witness racial disparities when you’re trying to be both a liaison for employees while also supporting the management who may be creating issues for employees, particularly African Americans. She also shares what often happened when she tried to educate some managers on how to create a more equitable environment. In a poignant moment, she unveils a truth that isn’t easy to swallow - a turning point that can occur when realizing the best thing to do is encourage an employee to take their talents and skills elsewhere.
It’s an eye-opening interview that many African-Americans working in HR will relate to, and may even find themselves nodding in agreement. Please note that for this episode, Angela made the decision to allow the interviewee to remain anonymous so as not to affect her future employment opportunities, and to promote a more open dialogue.
In the trailer of Now Look Inward, host Angela Connor, Founder and CEO of Change Agent Communications lays out the premise for the show. It's a challenge to Corporate America to sweep around its own front door, get it’s house in order and make Black voices and contributions matter inside their organizations. You can read more about Angela's call for courageous acts, here.