Teacher. Learner. People leader. Social justice activist. Dorie Blesoff lies at the intersection of these four paths. As the former Chief People Officer and Talent Advisor at Relativity, Dorie oversaw the growth of this tech company from under 200 team members to just under 1200, all while helping create a purpose-minded culture that is committed to social impact. As a professor at Northwestern University, Dorie infuses her lessons through the filters of racial justice, equity and social change. She believes we are all interconnected and challenges those who are part of the dominant norm to expand their ideas and learnings to understand the impact of each of our actions on others and the world.
Here are my four big takeaways from the conversation:
Change is never linear and it requires commitment to face the hard truths.
The chaos and uncertainty of 2020 is a unique opportunity to question every institution and the truths they are built upon, including the workplace.
Systemic change can often feel uncertain and uncomfortable and can be compared to a butterfly emerging from its decaying chrysalis.
The intersection of where she lives allows her to share her wisdom, learn new lessons and ideas, and implement them in a socially responsible company.
The knowledge, ideas and wisdom that Dorie provides to us is a true gift. I know you’ll enjoy this thought provoking episode.
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SHOW NOTES & RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
Leadership and the New Science, Margaret Wheatley
The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge
The Answer to How is Yes, by Peter Block
Wheel of Oppression, by Kathryn Pauly Morgan
White Supremacy Culture; Jones, Okun
The Six Conditions for Systems Change, The Water of Systems Change; Kania, Kramer, Senge
Edie Weiner, The Future Hunters
The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler
Relativity Fellows, Relativity
Justice for Change, Relativity
Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown
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