As the first full year of Human42 ends, I’m taking some time to look back at how much I learned in 2018. The lessons that resonated with me the most weren’t those having to do with running a business or improving my coaching and consulting skills—I expected to encounter these as I embarked on this endeavor. It was the newfound wisdom about life I gained from the people I worked with: learning about their lives and challenges was the truly transformational gift given to me by H42 this year.
This year I had the opportunity to support several individuals who trusted me enough to share their lives from their perspectives. One was an under-employed person with a disability, their persistence and positivity directed at overcoming their disability and the obstacles society puts up due to it is inspiring. Another example is a woman of color in a leadership position at an organization, who is working to find her managerial voice, so she could be seen and heard correctly and have a greater impact in her role.
More lessons came through the emerging leaders mentoring program I’m designing for a technology affinity group. Several of the young professionals expressed in their applications how important it was to have mentors who either understood their experiences as either people of color and/or women. I was thrilled to insure great matches for them!
I am grateful for the above lessons which brought to the forefront the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, all of which will remain an important part of my work as I go forward.
Wishing you all a 2019 filled with happiness, peace and learning!