As we come to grips with multiple and related health, social, economic inequities (including housing, public education and food access) and ways to close the gap, from policy changes to implementation and enforcement, I am reminded of an old Chinese saying from my grandparents as they shared stories of living through war, invasion and communism.
“The Chinese character/word for ‘crisis’ includes the root word for ‘opportunity.'”
As we begin 2021, let us celebrate the heroes of the civil rights movement, and the heroes of today, from essential healthcare workers on the front lines to the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.
And let us keep The Dream alive by using this unprecedented crisis to bring about unprecedented change, for the betterment of all of us, not just some of us.
- Get involved at the local or national level. Vote, Run, Lead.
- Educate yourself and keep the dialogue going. You’re right, it’s not just about race. It’s also about gender, class, religion, economics, policies, politics…connect the dots. Learn why current events are not a shock to most people of color.
- Give back. BUY LOCAL. Minority and female-owned small and local businesses especially need your help. Look it up your business network or farmers market directory.
Keeping the Dream alive. From crisis, springs opportunity.
Our lives and our democracy depend on it.
Natalie Keng, and several industry experts, were interviewed by Restaurant Informer Magazine for their take on finding a way forward with diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The restaurant industry has been hard-hit by COVID-19 resulting in employment and human relations safety, welfare and wellness concerns making it ‘the’ opportune time to review, update or in some cases, establish clear diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
According to the article, minorities continued to be underrepresented in management and executive positions even though they make up 47% of its employee base. But what is the most effective way to address racism in the workplace and how can change, real change be put into action?
Check out the article to see how Natalie believes change can be effectively implemented.
Natalie Keng, CEO/Founder. Keng is a recognized food and culture expert who has over 20 years experience consulting on EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) as a consultant, speaker, writer, entrepreneur and publicly-elected official. She is a native of Smyrna, Georgia and a graduate of Vassar College (B.A. American & Asian Studies) and Harvard University (M.P.P. Social Policy and Government), respectively. Through interactive events; insightful and entertaining “Buddha-to-Bubba” story-telling about growing up in the Deep South, Chinese Southern Belle promotes diversity and inclusion, healthy living, local businesses/farms and cross-cultural understanding –“opening minds, one mouth at a time.”
WBENC WOMEN WHO OWN IT Podcast-Video Interview with Natalie Keng: Lessons and Insights from a Small Minority-Woman Owned EntrepreneurAs