Thinking outside the box in a virtual world
Turning to the present moment, which requires relationships to develop and be cultivated virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the panelists discussed the opportunities this new environment presents. Connecting virtually, they noted, offers new ways to differentiate yourself.
Perhaps that means designing your resume in a different way than you might for an in-person interview, coming up with a creative way of introducing yourself in a virtual space, Grey said. “We are treading new waters, cutting a new trail, and you have the opportunity to lead. Take advantage of it.”
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As protests for racial justice and related social unrest this past summer put an even greater spotlight on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, panelists said they have seen a renewed commitment to cultivating it in their own organizations.
“I think everyone was talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion before they knew what it was,” Johnson said. “Now folks are really digging into understanding why it works … all of the various programs, initiatives, and areas of focus that fall within it, and why it’s important, why it matters. They’re open and more prepared not only to resource these initiatives, but to be very public about taking action.”