June 19, 2020
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These public statements are a beginning, but to foster truly authentic dialogue and actual change, business leaders first need to turn inward and assess how prepared they are to lead these conversations, said Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
“Race is one of the most difficult topics to discuss in our society, especially when it comes to the Black experience,” said Rosette, whose research focuses on leadership, negotiation and diversity. “Historically we have not been comfortable holding a mirror up to the injustices committed towards Blacks in the United States and owning up to them, so often, we say nothing. We presume that what we have is a true democracy in our republic, and meritocracies in our organizations, when every social indicator from health to economics to education, unequivocally suggests that this is not true.”
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