Surviving with Gratitude

This Thanksgiving holiday marks five years since I heard those life-altering words: “No evidence of disease.” Several months earlier, I’d heard a different set of life-altering words: “Aggressive breast cancer.” “Aggressive” is a really scary word when paired with the word cancer. But the thing about cancer is that even when it’s gone, it’s still […]

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Belonging in the Age of COVID-19

Intensified by the global pandemic, a sense of belonging has become a pressing organizational priority.  Work routines have been upended for leaders and employees alike – office shutdowns, remote work, extended work hours, and furloughs and layoffs. Given the prolonged nature of the disruption, what does it mean to “belong at work” during a sustained […]

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Raising Isaac

On a cold and cloudy January day in Portland, Oregon, I gave birth at home to my first child, a boy. He was perfect, and perfectly healthy, with all fingers and all toes, just as we had wished. We named him Isaac, which means, “he laughs.” And so did the universe. By six months, it […]

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Racial Gaslighting in the Workplace: It’s Real

There’s a reason racial gaslighting is so widely talked about: It’s everywhere, especially the workplace. Gaslighting is a covert form of undermining others so that they doubt what they experience, see or feel. Racial gaslighting spurs self-doubt about racist experiences. It often subtly shifts the dialog from the topic at hand to the speaker and […]

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Bring Your Heritage to Work

Diversity has always mattered to me. But back in 2014, I was one of very few Hispanics working at Cognizant. As a friend and I brainstormed about ways for more diverse talent to find their way to the company, he suggested I join the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), a professional association for senior business […]

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