Leaders take responsibility for the well-being and improvement of their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the aftermath of George Floyd brings Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work into closer view. Companies are addressing inequities and also implementing anti-racist strategies that require a structural and personal commitment for unity and change not just in the workplace community, but in the greater community in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and beyond. This episode highlights how intentional work fuels crucial connections that strengthen our community.
Lili Hall, CEO of Knock, Inc., leads a women/minority owned creative agency in north Minneapolis. Hall is Brazilian and began her business right after 9-11 as a mother of two young children. She is an overcomer who understands the need to process crises and after George Floyd’s death, she led an emotional call with her employees to allow them the space to feel the devastation and outrage. She also did pro-bono work helping BlPOC businesses ﬁnd a temporary home and business plan in the Mall of America after their buildings were damaged in protests.
Susan Shields is a retired textiles entrepreneur and designer who wants to make an impact through her artwork while using the medium to create understanding and racial equity.She photographed the George Floyd artwork and is compiling the artwork into a book, where the proceeds will support the street artists who made the public murals.