June 16, 2020
How do you think your company is handling racial discrimination and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement?
We have created a completely *confidential* and *short* survey so you can tell us anonymously (note, we’ll compile the results and share them back with you).
After the *2* questions, return to this email and reply and let me know if you want to:
1. Join a Roundtable on this topic
2. Present best practices your company is following
3. Recommend a speaker you personally know.
So, please take the 2 question survey and reply to this email on any of the points above.
Final note: We had a wonderful talk last week on Racism and Police Violence with Antoine Joyce, a national activist who builds bridges between kids from the poorest neighborhoods and cops, and business leaders, and others. Watch it if you missed it (and share it across your company).
P.S. We have lots of other great talks coming up and archives worth watching. See below. Email Britany if you’d like an invite.
Most Popular Recordings
- Antoine Joyce: Solutions to Racism and Police Violence
- Dan Ariely: How COVID-19 Changes Consumer Behavior
- Leading the NBA during Coronavirus
- Brainstorming on Zoom
- InVision: Best (and worst) Practices of a Remote Workforce
- Getting Started with Visual Methods – Thu, June 18 @12pm ET
Summer Koide, Senior Director of New Ventures, TargetIf you’ve ever seen Graphic Recording live at a conference, or been the benefactor of a visual facilitator for an offsite or workshop, you may have seen the power that visuals can bring to any group setting. Join this adventure to get started with the basics of visuals. Council member Summer Koide from Target will talk about why visuals work, how visuals can appear in your work, and instruct you through some hands-on practice. This session is designed for beginners and those interested in clearing the first hurdle in your visual journey. All you need is paper and a pen – bonus points if you scrounge up drawing utensils in multiple colors. Email Britany if you’d like an invite.
- Race in America: Pursuit of Happiness, Spoils of War – Thu, June 25 @1pm ET
Bo Kemp, Senior Director, Faegre Drinker Consulting
What does “Race” mean in America? Few better to answer that than Bo Kemp, former COO of the City of Newark, senior advisor to mayors, and private equity investor. Why? The story of Bo’s family. Bo has spent years researching their ancestry.
Between Bo and his wife, their genealogy reflects:
– Earliest settlers to Virginia from England
– Persecuted religious followers from the Netherlands and France
– African slaves brought to the New World before 1700
– Taino and Caribbean slaves brought to New Orleans from the islands
– Native Mississippi delta Choctaw tribe.All the history of people, economic, immigration, migration, technology, cultural, and of course the spoils of war are reflected in the story of his family’s combined DNA.
“Pursuit of Happiness, Spoils of War” is Bo’s attempt to tell the unvarnished story of America using tangible examples of people, documents and stories to bring to life the amazing, complicated, troubled and triumphant story of the making of the United States. Email Britany if you’d like an invite.
Recent Talks and Activity Recordings
- ‘Summer is Coming’ – Kid Hacks
Sarah Coles, Early Childhood Educator
Sarah Coles, a member of our extended Councils community is a kindergarten teacher and has found creative ways to keep her family busy during this quarantine. She came to speak with our members about her “global travel” plans this summer as well as other ‘kid hacks’ you can use as a template for your families.
- ‘Animals Included’ at the Zoomaha Zoo
Tina Cherica, President & CEO of the Omaha Zoo Foundation, and Cheryl Morris, Ph.D., Vice President of Conservation, Omaha Zoo
Most don’t know that Omaha is home to one of the top 3 zoos in the world. Further, it holds this position largely because of its intense focus on conservation and user experience – including that of its 4-legged, winged, aquatic, and amphibious customers. Tina Cherica and Cheryl Morris talked about how the Zoo has built a vigorous program of scientific investigation in the fields of molecular genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, and conservation medicine. And then they took us behind-the-scenes with some of the zoo’s residents. (Spoiler: one of them is from the Indian subcontinent, the other from sub-Saharan Africa. One more hint: one has a prehensile lip and the other teams up with her cousins and sisters to hunt. Can you guess which animals you’ll be meeting?).
- Solutions to Racism and Police Violence
Antoine Joyce, Vice President and City Leader, All Stars Project of Dallas
Antoine Joyce, a global leader in building long-term solutions to racism and police violence, has designed creative programs bringing together cops and kids, corporate executives and young people, and bridging many other communities. He wrote a widely-read Op-Ed Hard Conversations about Race and he joined us to talk about that and helped us to learn how to talk about and, more importantly, do something about racism in the United States.
- The Art of Transformation: Beyond Control
Pete Anderson, VP, Agile Experience Owner, Transformation Office, US Bank
We recently learned that longtime CG member, Pete Anderson, has been preparing to give a TEDx talk on his professional learnings from two Fortune 125 Transformation efforts. To get some practice under his belt, Pete joined us to do a dry-run of his talk for the CG community.
- The Gender Gap in Film
Diana Martinez, Ph.D., Film Streams’ Artistic DirectorIn this two-part session, we first hosted a watch party of the documentary ‘Half the Picture’, about the disparity in women directors in film, while chatting about it live on a Slack channel. Then, Diana joined us for a QnA based on the film and what members learned from it. This recording is of the QnA portion and features a robust conversation of the gender and diversity issue the industry is facing. (Note: this was originally scheduled as an in-person “adventure” for Council members meeting in Omaha).
- The Future Path of the Pandemic
Kirk Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Global Environmental Health at University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley’ s Professor Kirk Smith is a leading epidemiologist and public health scientist and joined me for a live QnA. Smith is currently a Professor of Global Environmental Health, the founder and co-Director of the university’s Global Health and Environment Program, and Associate Director for International Programs at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Special thanks to member George Eberstadt who invited Professor Smith to speak to us.
- Diversity, Inclusion, and the Museum Experience
Jack Becker, Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO, Joslyn Art Museum
Over the last several years Jack Becker and his team at the Joslyn Art Museum have prioritized a diversity initiative – ranging from special exhibitions to diversifying the permanent collection (including acquiring works of art from Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, and Maria van Oosterwyck). Jack took members on a behind the scenes Zoom tour of the Museum’s ‘evolution of access.’ (Note: this was originally scheduled as an in-person “adventure” for Council members meeting in Omaha).
- Dan Ariely: How COVID-19 Changes Consumer Behavior (YouTube)
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University
Dan Ariely, the best-selling author of Predictably Irrational and other books, is an Israeli-American professor and global authority on behavioral economics. He advises governments and a range of corporations on behavioral economics and policy including now during this global pandemic, and on this webinar, he shared how COVID-19 may affect consumer behavior now and in the long-term. Special thanks to member Doug Claffey for inviting the wonderful Dan Ariely to speak to us.
- How Buffett Built a Pandemic-Proof Company (YouTube)
Phil Terry, Founder & CEO, Collaborative Gain
I teach a number of key concepts and values including what Buffett calls Noah’s principle: “Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does.” And what an ark Berkshire has become. I walk listeners through a brief history of the company, its culture and values, and show how Buffett has designed a pandemic-proof company.
- Fireside Chat with Don Graham (No Recording)
Don Graham, Chairman, Graham Holdings
Don Graham was the longtime CEO and Chairman of the Washington Post Company (now he is the Chairman of Graham Holdings). Graham and Buffett have been friends for almost 50 years and both joined the board of the Washington Post Company at the same time in the early 1970s. Buffett became a longtime mentor to Graham and has publicly said Graham is one of the smartest people he’s ever met. Phil adds that Graham is also one of the most humble and genuine. We spent 90 minutes in a fireside conversation with Don. Terrific.
- Leading the NBA during Coronavirus (YouTube)
Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner and COO, NBA
Mark Tatum is second in command of what is now a ~$9 billion multi-media, content-streaming global juggernaut with a 215 country footprint. Tatum has been instrumental in many historic initiatives including the first NBA game in Africa, the launch of seven NBA Academies around the world for youth and elite development, and the debut of the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament. His portfolio includes the league’s accelerating new-technology push, which has gained momentum since the crisis. Mark joined us to talk about what he’s learned in real-time about leading during this massive upheaval, including thoughts on how technology may change the game and when the league might re-open.
- 2008 vs. 2020 – Financial Crisis vs. Pandemic (YouTube)
Dean Cecilia Rouse, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton
Professor Cecilia Rouse is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and one of the top economists in the world, as well as one of very few African American women in the upper levels of the profession. A member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2009-2011, she spoke with us about the difference between the crisis we face today and the financial crisis of 2008.
- Virtual Wine Tasting (YouTube)
Anthony Giglio, New York-based sommelier, journalist, and author
A Virtual Wine Tasting with Anthony Giglio, one of the most entertaining wine and spirits authorities on the planet. He is a writer, educator, curator of the Amex Centurion lounge wine program and raconteur who motivates countless imbibers to trust their own tastes and relax the rules. Anthony led us through a tasting using what most of us have in our wine cabinet already – something sparkling.
- Brainstorming on Zoom (YouTube)
Elizabeth Peaslee, human-centered design practitioner, educator, facilitator, and coach, and CG Councils moderator
While you have some of the basics of remote working down, you probably are finding it hard to brainstorm, ideate, and innovate with everyone on your team working remotely. If that’s true for you — and it’s for most of us — then watch this session where CG Moderator Elizabeth Peaslee ran training on tools and frameworks you can use to brainstorm remotely.
- Managing Pressure During the Covid-19 Crisis (YouTube)
Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, President and Co-Founder, IHHP
Everyone is feeling the effects of these uncertain times. Tough decisions need to be made; difficult conversations need to take place. Emotional intelligence expert Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry explained how to use emotional intelligence to best manage your team and the tough decisions and conversations you face through this challenging time.
- See talks from the last month and beyond here.