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With the political conventions nearing an end, it’s time for you to develop a comprehensive, defendable AND rational perspective on the presidential campaigns. Please don’t say, “I don’t get involved in politics.” That’s a copout! You don’t have to broadcast your political opinion to the next reporter you meet. And I am aware that some of you are in sensitive positions at work that prevent you from “speaking your mind.”
What I know is that if you are an American citizen you must VOTE and you must become informed about the issues. That is your requirement for citizenship and a small price to pay for the freedoms we take for granted in this great land.
Today Carole will share FIVE WAYS to strengthen your political perspective so that you will become an informed citizen. Not just for the upcoming November 8th General Election that will either make Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump the winner…but a strategy that you can use for EVERY election in your town or village. Take out your pen, paper or smartphone and let’s design a political gameplan that’s right for YOU and the candidates of YOUR choice!
ELECTION DAY 2016
The United States presidential election of 2016, constitutionally prescribed to occur on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will vote for a new president and vice president through the Electoral College.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016
The American landscape is changing so rapidly that it’s often difficult to keep up with how diverse we have become. Those changes can be disturbing to some, while others embrace similarities and differences with more awareness and understanding.
Today we discuss these important issues with veteran diversity professional Simma Lieberman. A Berkeley based Jewish advocate who is also gay, Simma will help us understand how fear and lack of awareness are the biggest enemies to social change in our country. Learn why diversity still matters in our nation and why the LGBTQ community is an important segment of our country and our world.
About Simma Lieberman
Simma Lieberman is internationally known as “The Inclusionist,” because she creates inclusive workplaces where employees love to do their best work, and customers love to do business.
Her passion for diversity and its possibilities began in 1963 when she went on the March On Washington. In 1963. She wishes she could say that it was because of hearing Martin Luther King give his “I Have A Dream” speech, but she was too young to remember it. However, she has always remembered what it felt like to be amongst 250,000 people for the first time of all colors, cultures, and ages, rallying and marching together for change.
Later on, she began working with a multi-cultural organization in New York City, where she was trained to facilitate dialogues with diverse racial and ethnic groups, in order to reduce tension, and create effective working relationships.
Her first culture shock was when she moved from the Bronx to Eugene, Oregon, where she was a member of a multicultural global theater group.
Today, Simma works with leaders of organizations who understand that while training in areas of diversity and inclusion is important, sustainable change only occurs when diversity and inclusion are integrated into the business strategy, and are part of the organization’s cultural DNA. She strongly believes that implementing good diversity management and developing cultural intelligence are necessary for organizations to stay relevant and competitive in tomorrow’s markets.
Her unique ability to view organizations through an inclusion lens also enables Simma to help leaders in organizations uncover employee genius, and leverage their diverse talents and skills at any level.
She has worked with a wide range of organizations that include: Applied Materials, Gulfstream, America Empresarial, Intel, Diageo, Kimpton Hotels, VSP, Boeing, Pillsbury Bakeries and Foodservices, McDonalds, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, UC Berkeley, and the US Dept. of Transportation.
Simma is a member of two diversity think tanks, a former co-chair of the San Francisco Regional Chapter of Out and Equal, and former board member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. She is the president of the Northern California Chapter of Society for the Advancement of Consulting, and an inductee to the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame.
Publications that have featured her articles and ideas include The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Fast Company, The Economist, Forbes, Black MBA, Restaurant Hospitality Magazine, Insight Into Diversity, Working Mother, Cosmopolitan UK, Human Resource Executive, CEO Refresher and CNN.
She is the co-author with George Simons and Kate Berardo, of Putting Diversity to Work, how to successfully lead a diverse workforce, the co-author of The Diversity Calling, Building Diverse Communities One Story at a Time and the author of 110 Ways to Champion Diversity and Build Inclusion and Stress Management for the Motivated, A Workbook For You.
Contact Simma at Simma@Simmalieberman.com or 510-527-0700
As we wrap up this holiday weekend, from my family to yours, I hope that you have enjoyed your July 4th holiday. May you continue to enjoy the summer season here in the United States. -Carole Copeland Thomas
My daughter and son in law came yesterday from Connecticut for the July 4th Holiday and to give their children big hugs after a one week absence. My son in law showed off his handy skills. He repaired my leaky refrigerator, changed the burned out batteries on my squeaky smoke detectors, and gave me advice on other household projects. We combined a cookout with an inflatable pool party for the grandkids and danced around the house with our American flags. My daughters, Michelle and Lorna, used their skills to help our production flow like magic. Love this holiday. Love my family! God Bless America!!
Here are TEN Things You Might Not Know About July 4th:
1. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were fellow Patriots, die on the same day within five hours of each other. They were founders of America who were friends, adversaries and friends again in the end. On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were Thomas Jefferson still survives. He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 82.
2. Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2nd.
3. One US president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4. So were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Neil Simon, George Steinbrenner, and Malia Obama (President Obama’s older daughter).
4. July 4th wasn't deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
5. Fireworks have been a major part of Fourth of July since the earliest celebrations. In 1884, miners blew up the post office in Swan, Colorado, because it wasn't supplied with fireworks.
6. Other countries — including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden — celebrate the Fourth of July because many of their citizens moved to the US or simply to attract American tourists.
7. Four Star General Benjamin O. Davis, the first African American to become an Air Force General, died at age 89 on July 4, 2002. He was the fourth African American to graduate from West Point. He led the Tuskegee Air Men. His father, Benjamin O. Davis. Sr. was the first African American Army General. He trained at Tuskegee at the same time with my own father.
8. The July 4, 2016 holiday kicks off the 200th Anniversary of the incorporation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). A mural of founding Bishop Richard Allen was unveiled today in Philadelphia, and his statue was unveiled yesterday. More than 20,000 will attend the 50th General Conference of the AME Church in Philadelphia from July 6th through July 13th. I will be in that mix in the next few days. That’s my denomination.
9. The seeds of the Civil War actually started before the country was actually formed. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on this day. And a section denouncing the slave trade was deleted.
10. On July 4, 1960 the 50-star U.S. flag made its debut in Philadelphia.
It’s powerful, gripping and moving. It will bring tears to your eyes, while driving you to celebrate through the pain. That sums up my thoughts about the television miniseries “Roots” that aired on the History Channel in May/June 2016. For some it’s an unnecessary reminder of our past. For others it’s a troubling account of the strength and resilience of Black people who endured and survived the brutality of American slavery.
On today’s Blab show we’ll unpack the wide range of emotions with my special guest, clinical psychologist Dr. Lynda Morris Parham. She’ll help us examine why this miniseries is impossible for some to watch…while helping others to understand why race is still a thorny issue in this country.
I vividly remember getting my young family squared away at bedtime before watching every installment of Roots back in 1977. Now some 40 years later I rearranged my own personal schedule to watch this newer version that’s equally as powerful and painful at the same time. Join our conversation of our past, our present and our future through the Roots of our ancestor’s legacy.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.