Above: Simma Lieberman (right) with her partner of 18 years, the late Sandra Brown and their son Avi.
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As a heterosexual diversity professional, I have had connections to the LGBT community for my entire life. And I am a devout Christian. My children's godfather is gay. A very close personal friend of our family was gay. And I have had lesbian friends for many years. For me, it's just the way it is…some people are straight like me. Some people are not. And in that spirit I openly endorsed the Massachusetts court ruling on same sex marriage in 2004, much to the horror of some of my would be friends and clients.
Now nine years later LGBT and same sex marriage issues are part of our everyday conversation. And today, to shed light on a very personal experience of what it's like to live in the LGBT community, my guest is Simma Lieberman. My friend for many years. A well respected diversity and inclusion consultant from Berkeley, California. And a lesbian mother who recently shared her evolution on same sex marriage following the death of her partner of 18 years, Sandra Brown. Her commentary was just published on the CNN website…and its heartwarming account of two women in love will cause you to re-examine your own perspective on LGBT issues.
Stop long enough and listen to today's show. And share the interview with your friends and colleagues so that you can explore LGBT issues with greater clarity and confidence.
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About Simma Lieberman (www.simmalieberman.com)
Simma Lieberman is internationally known as "The Inclusionist," because she creates inclusive cultures where people love to do their best work, and customers love to do business. She is a diversity and inclusion/culture change consultant, speaker, and coach.
She has the unique ability to bring people together from diverse, disparate backgrounds to engage in constructive dialogue that results in dramatic improvements in the way they interact , and work with each other.
Simma was raised in the Bronx, New York where she developed a passion for diversity and inclusion. She moved to Eugene, Oregon which was her first culture shock, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Simma is a member of the Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE), a multi-cultural organization of people in the US and Europe, who are well-known for their ability to facilitate dialogues amongst people from different racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, political beliefs, genders, ages and sexual orientation.
Simma has worked with organizations that include; Diageo, Motorola, ABM Janitorial, Pillsbury Bakeries and Foodservice, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Chevron, Briefings Media, Kaiser Permanente, City of San Francisco, Lockheed Martin, American Empresarial.
Her articles and advice have been featured in publications like; Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes.com, Fast Company, Newsday, CNN.com, Fox.com, Black MBA, Restaurant Hospitality, Managing Diversity Journal, Workforce Diversity Network, and Your Cheating Spouse.com
Simma is co-author of two books. "Putting Diversity to Work, how to successfully lead a diverse workforce," (Crisp, 2003) and, "The Diversity Calling; building diverse communities, one story at a time." Simma is a co-host of SWIRL radio, an LGBT produced talk show that can be heard on AM radio in several cities across the US and on-line. She is a former co-chair of the San Francisco Regional Council of Out and Equal.
Simma lives in Berkeley, CA with her 17 year old son and their four year old dog.
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