The Community Health Association of Mississippi, in partnership with Dr. Robert Smith, an unsung hero and healthcare champion for minority populations for more than 50 years, launched the REPAAIR (Realizing Equity by Preparing Ambassadors to Address Institutional Racism) Initiative to tackle these issues head-on.Learn more about their innovative and inspiring efforts.
In April we celebrate Earth Day. April 22 is also my Dad’s birthday, so the birthday-earth day conjunction has always been a strong one for me. As spring begins to make itself felt, it becomes a potent moment to both reflect on and celebrate renewal in many forms. April is also Integrated Work’s birthday—we turn 23 this year and are grateful to still be building on the strong foundation our Founder, Jessica Hartung, established for us by believing it was possible to create a human-first organization dedicated to doing good work in more conscious and humane ways.
Watch “Fight for Good”, a documentary about both the miracle of the modern healthcare system and its enduring challenges with implicit bias and systemic racism, follows the heartfelt stories of an executive at the Community Health Center of Buffalo and two physicians, all women of color as they give voice to their common humanity, including deeply held and rarely spoken fears of personal vulnerability and loss.
Courage can manifest in an array of actions and behaviors. And while there is no secret formula or magic tactic for conversations on race, we hope you find the following reflections helpful in defining (and refining) your personal approach to courageous conversations.
Our inaugural cohort of Amplify Your Impact: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at work is currently underway. This 6-part leadership development series explores how to be an inclusive leader and invites leaders at all levels to understand what it really means to hold space for others, cultivate genuine curiosity and active listening skills while gaining a deeper understanding of how race impacts our roles as leaders.
When we give feedback, we generally want something or someone to change. Giving good feedback can be tricky business. If it is delivered in a critical or an unclear way, it can be demotivating and downright confusing. Want to know more on how to give feedback that gets results?
Last month we celebrated all manner of Black Excellence in honor of Black History Month and reminded ourselves of the power of representation, remembering, recognition, and research. Those same things matter as we celebrate and reflect on Women’s History this month. You can find plenty of things to learn about, uplift, and celebrate in this month’s issue, but the last week served up another reminder that recalling the past also gives us an opportunity for reckoning with the realities of lived experience that get kept behind a veil when “history is written by the conquerors.”
What We’re Listening To: Moving from Surviving to Thriving by Tuning Your Leadership “Instrument” with Jennifer Simpson
Moving from surviving to thriving is sometimes easier said than done. In this episode, Adam Torres and Jennifer Simpson, CEO at Integrated Work, explore what it takes to thrive in today’s economy.
As a woman-owned and women-led organization, at Integrated Work, we strongly believe and advocate for a world where women feel safe, empowered, and have the same opportunity as everyone else to thrive and be successful. We will continue to support women’s rights, equity, and empowering other women. There’s so much to be done, and we’re in it for the long haul.
Integrated Work is delighted to welcome three new staff members to our team! Asra Riaz, Mikayla Branz, and Nick Delgado joined us recently, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have more wonderful people accompany us on our journey. Here’s a little more about why we love them…
My hope is in approaching myself and others with compassion, saying “no” when I need to, and being open to hearing “no” from others can be a starting point for seeking ways to adjust our culture. My hope is that we come to value each other too much to ever want anyone to harm themselves to give us a yes answer. As leaders, it’s up to us to make room for ourselves and each other to be human.
Take a moment to populate your thoughts with the women who have mattered deeply to you;
the women who’ve occupied the personal, professional, and mental spaces throughout your life —
see their faces, say their names, feel their impact. Here are ways to acknowledge how these women have elevated your life by seeking to uplift them in return.
To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.