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Roquita Coleman-Williams

Diversity isn't an item on a bucket list

Receiving an unsolicited invitation to speak at the University of Pennsylvania would be on my bucket list if I had one.

I always felt like a bucket list – goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill, life experiences you desire before you die – was for things that were probable. So, what’s the point of a bucket list when your entire life seems like a series of improbabilities?

Podcast: The Moral and Business Need for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is often described as “who we are” and Inclusion as “what we do”. Our guest, Brad Federman, describes diversity as being invited to the party and inclusion as being asked to dance. Merriam-Webster defines diversity as the condition of having or being composed of different elements or variety. And defines inclusion as the act of included: the state of being included. In this episode we have a candid discussion about Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace and everyday life.

A 'Hard-headed Woman' Committed to Inclusion

I started a career 22 years ago in sales and marketing, a male-dominated industry. My accent was so thick that my manager had to have this very uncomfortable coaching session with me about how to enunciate words like ‘specific’ and ‘asked’ and ‘business.’

When I was appointed the 63rd president and the first African-American president of the Memphis World Trade Club, I was very uncomfortable because my predecessors all had polish and prestige and executive presence.

The Life-Saving Diversity Discussion I Led At The University of Pennsylvania

Receiving an unsolicited invitation to speak at the University of Pennsylvania would be on my bucket list if I had one. If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list,” it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire before you die. I always felt like bucket lists were for things that were probable. So, what’s the point of a bucket list when your entire life seems like a series of improbabilities?