As the founder and CEO of Grid + Glam, I want to share exactly where we stand as a company and brand. Black lives matter. Racism is reprehensible. The fact that it has taken hundreds of years of injustice for it to finally feel like something will change is unacceptable.
And yet, here we are. It feels different now. Like we are at a tipping point that is so very, very long overdue.
In my past career, I was deeply entrenched in doing work to help “level the playing field.” I realize today, in a way I never did before, that voting the right way and donating to the right organizations, and even working in that space professionally, has and never will be enough. I now realize that by staying comfortable and silent in my personal life, I have been a part of the problem. I need to do the hard work to become actively, and loudly, anti-racist, and teach my children to do the same. I am committed to doing better.
And, as the leader of this company, I want you to know that WE are committed to doing better. My team and I are actively working to advance the efforts to end racial injustice. Not just while this is a ‘hot topic,’ but always.
To my Black friends, clients + fellow organizers. We love you. We are listening, learning + ready to link arms with you to make a change for the better.
If you are committed to doing the same in your life and are looking for guidance on where to start, below are the steps I’m taking.
Along with what I am doing in my personal life, I wanted to share what Grid + Glam is doing as a business. I am committed to using my platform to do better in the world. Grid + Glam refuses to let this conversation stop.
If you are a business owner, I encourage you to look at this list and see if you can take some similar action.
We added the following language into the values section of the G+G Employee Handbook. This is reviewed with new employees as they join the team. Here is an excerpt of our Commitment to Inclusion:
Grid + Glam is committed to making a positive impact on the world. We are committed to not only speaking out, but also taking action. We promote the values of inclusion and support for all in our society, especially our BIPOC members. We donate profit each year to further this cause. We collaborate with a diverse group of brands and entrepreneurs, and offer open scholarships to ensure that all voices are heard and all members of our society are included.
I acknowledge that I still have a lot to learn. I know that I am not going to do this perfectly. I will continue to do the work of anti-racism in my life and home, I want to encourage you to do the same. If you’re interested in learning more and taking action, here are a few places you can start.
I highly recommend downloading “Between the World And Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Listening to him read his own book aloud is extremely powerful.
If you are interested in learning about other places you can donate, you can check out this list from Allure Magazine.
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