While I am deeply saddened by the tragic events that have taken place since last Monday, I also know it’s my duty to show up as a leader in my business and in my life. I’ve spent years cultivating a platform and a community, and I take that role very seriously – even when it’s messy.
For me, leadership is about taking the imperfect step even when you’re unsure or uncomfortable. Because what I know to be true is that silence in the service of needing to feel comfortable or to get it “right” serves no one.
So while I don’t have it all sorted out – my feelings or my roles – what I know to be true is that this community is and always will be a safe/brave/open space for people of color, and that I am an ally. Or, maybe more accurately said, I’m committed to allyship, because I’m still learning what that means and how I can best use my voice and my platform as an ally.
Which is the other message I wanted to share in here – that my commitment to myself, my community (online and offline), and to the world I want to live in is to do my own work to learn, un-learn, and take intentional action in ways that support greater safety, equality, and awareness – even if it’s just in my corner of the world.
Because that’s always what helps me get started when I feel unsure or overwhelmed at the magnitude of pain and suffering like we’re currently seeing in America. I remind myself to focus on what I can do in my immediate corner of the world, and trust myself to grow from there.
More specifically, I’m leaning on these 2 resources right now, and allowing myself to be led to others too. But for anyone who’s like me and wants to start somewhere, you can check out the following:
To everyone here – thank you for being here, holding space for this important conversation, and contributing to this space being a safe/brave/open space for each and every human in here.