Having the Courage to Fight for Inclusiveness

Inclusion is a choice we make every single day. Every day, we decide how inclusive or not we want to be. Diversity is not a choice--diversity is a fact. We are who we are, and we're not who we're not.

I'm what we like to call a Nuyorican--born and raised in New York City of Puerto Rican background. I have an accent that some people may perceive as less intelligent. This perception makes me--along with some others with accents--edit myself constantly. In turn, this self-editing means it take a lot more energy when you want to contribute in a business setting. You are aware that what people are hearing first and foremost is that accent.

People want to feel embraced, and they want to be celebrated. So, I tell people, "No matter how you sound, be heard."