Happy Black History Month!
Black History Month has always been a special time for me because of the spotlight on the power and impact of Black people.
🚨If you still have not planned what you are doing for Black History Month in your organization 🚨, check out my recent article on Planning For Black History Month. It includes over 30 ideas for incorporating Black History Month celebration(s) into your organization!
February is even more special to me because my birthday is this month, on Valentine's Day! As many of you know, I love a social media challenge, so check out my submission for the #ThenAndNow challenge photos.⬇️
As you can see, I've always been fond of the stage!
I'm excited for the opportunities that February will bring! Check out my events below, I would love to have you participate in these learning and engagement opportunities!
February Featured Event:
On February 11th I will be moderating a panel for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association entitled #BlackJudgesMatter: A Discussion on the Judiciary and the Need for Black Judges Within the Court System. The panel is in celebration of Black History Month, and will discuss the state of diversity in the judiciary, the racial injustice events of 2020 and the report that was produced. RSVP here!
Upcoming Public Events:
- February 17th, Seyfarth: The Belonging Project, Unpacking Racial Trauma and Strategies for Belonging and Equity at Work and Our Communities. Register here.
- February 18th, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA), Eyes Wide Open: Interrupting Biases & Setting New Norms for Allyship within Organizations. Register here.
To see a full list of the upcoming panels and workshops that I will be participating in, click here
- March 3rd, New York City Bar Association, The Art of Schmoozing Panel. Register here.
- March 4th, New York City Bar Association, Diversity in Employment Programs: Practical & Legal Issues with DEI Programs. Register here.
- March 26th, American Law Institute (ALI), Bias in the Legal Profession: Exploring How Biases Affect Mentoring, Sponsorship, and Evaluation. Register here.
I was thrilled to be a panelist for the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting on Corporate Responses to Racial and Social Injustices in 2020 and Beyond Effecting Change and Promoting Inclusion.
In closing, and in honor of Black History Month, I want to pay homage to our amazing new inaugural Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. If you haven't seen
her perform her poem "The Hill We Climb,” (um, what rock have you been under?) go check it out!
"We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free"
I'm eager to hear more from her as time goes on, and excited to see her continue to develop as a leader. And I'm certainly going to continue to do my part to move to what shall be! Speaking of women leaders, I'm happy to be supporting Maya Wiley’s campaign for NYC mayor. Please click here for more information on her and about how Black women and others are rallying to support her. View a short video here(I'm in it!).
Amplify Black voices! I'd love for you to share any of the events, ideas, articles or reflections from this newsletter on social media. If you do, be sure to tag me! (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) #CoachPaula, #BlackHistoryMonth
Paula T. Edgar, Esq.
CEO, PGE Consulting Group LLC
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