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Me and My White Teachers

September 22, 2018

Unforeseen and Unintended Consequences

Tatyana Fertelmeyster

February 3, 2017

For many years I have been working with foreign executives coming to the US on international expat assignments. Here are a few things I would normally tell them: There is almost always some kind of elections season going on. And when elections are over we all go back to work. Politics...

Are White women hypocrites in expecting Black women to support white women gender initiatives

Jean Mavrelis

November 12, 2016

Last night I couldn’t sleep, and was texting with a Black woman friend who is an attorney. I asked if I could quote her: “As a professional, I regularly hear white women question black women about why we are active in black professional associations and less so women’s professional associations. We...

White women who voted against Hillary

Jean Mavrelis

November 12, 2016

Who are the white women who did not vote for Hillary, when they did vote for Barack Obama, and probably would have voted for Michele Obama if she were running instead of Hillary. They didn’t like Hillary. They voted against her more than they voted for Trump. Why? They saw Hillary...

Outer Space

Jean Mavrelis

September 1, 2015

As we go through life we create what our friend and colleague, Jack Condon, calls “A sense of place”. I like to imagine myself creating my sense of place inside a “bubble of being”. Sometimes the reality I “imagine” is a physical place, but often it’s a psychological state of being....

Diversity Outside the Office Door

Tatyana Fertelmeyster

August 18, 2015

We were working with a group of engineers in a corporate office in the Midwest. At one point an African American man in his 30th gets up and addresses his colleagues. “When I come to work- color does not matter for me. I am here to work as all of you...

Sandra Bland and The Grapes of Wrath

Jean Mavrelis

July 24, 2015

At the end of Steinbeck’s, “The Grapes of Wrath”, Mama Joad asks Tom as he flees from the union busting police, “Where will I find you?” Tom says, “Where ever anybody stands up for injustice, “I’ll be there….” Many White People don’t understand that Ms. Bland’s response to the officer, as...

Generational Similarities & Differences Across East Asian Cultures

Adrian Chan

July 10, 2015

The current issue of The Economist, July 4-10th 2015 has an article describing some issues faced by China’s super-rich kids, “Lifestyles of the rich and infamous,” For a more comprehensive and complete discussion & analysis of the Chinese and other East Asian generational cultures along with business implications, see the KMA...

The SCOTUS Ruling– From Within the Asian Community

Adrian Chan

June 27, 2015

Asian response to today’s historic SCOTUS LGBT decision follows the metaphor of Onion (older, traditional, stable, layered generation) & Ocean (younger, dynamic, change/advocacy-oriented, tech-oriented generation) whether born in one’s native country (like China) or born in the USA (like American Born Chinese). The more Ocean-oriented gens tend to be receptive to...

The Good, the Bad, the Sad, and the Ugly

Thomas Kochman

June 27, 2015

Angela D. Henderson- Although this is a celebratory day for the LGBT community, it remains an immensely sad day for those in, and around, the African American community. Indeed, it's somewhat disconcerting -- this juxtaposition of joy on one hand and tremendous grief as the funerals in Charleston, SC continue. Angela Byars...

The SCOTUS Decision

Rita Wuebbeler

June 27, 2015

I'm VERY VERY grateful the Supreme Court decided in favor of legalizing gay marriage in ALL US States today. I'm beyond exhilarated, excited and happy. AND: this decision also brings tears to my eyes - tears for all the people that have had to suffer, hide, lie and be in pain...