Diversity and inclusion.
Often, I wonder just what pops in each person’s mind when hearing these words strung together. Personally, I always flash back to some of my first classmates in elementary school. My first few years in public school, I learned little by little how different people are. How our little eyes viewed the world, how our experiences were shaping us. My first week of school I got into an argument with a classmate over whether a cooked cow was steak or carne, we had no idea we were speaking in two different languages.

Beyond elementary school I continue to have these discoveries well into my life, only recently due to deeper conversations on true social inclusion, did my life-long best friends and I discover just how different we saw the world growing up. I say this all to share that not only are we different from those on the other side of the playground or conference table or country or world, but all people. We are all different, and our differences make us who we are. We have different personalities, interests, genders, races, hobbies, languages, skills, etc., and we become who we are in our experiences connected to each of these. People are amazing, we have opinions and quirks and talents and when people come together in an effort to achieve something great, mountains are moved! The reason I have always been interested in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is that I grew up in a home where I learned just how great people are, and how much we are affected by the experiences.

In the concept of nature vs. nurture, we can be born the same but grow up in extremely differently environments and live completely different lives. Our traits are not bad in themselves; they are a part of us, but if they change how we treat people, that is where the light starts to dim. When we are aware of our biases and privileges, make intentional efforts to engage in inclusive behaviors, and keep an open mind about just how different each person’s journey is, we can we can see the light of people shine.

My passion for people and inclusion is actually what brought me to be an executive coach and advisor. I count myself very lucky to have the opportunity to work with leaders across the country on how to grow as leaders, achieve their goals, and take strides forward in their journeys. There’s a great deal of noise in the world, but when we’re able to take a brief pause and look at what we want to achieve and how we can take small steps toward that, everything makes a little more sense. I’ve lost track of how many times I hear, ‘How did I not think of this?’ in sessions. Anyone can take those next steps, the missing pieces most of the time is reflection, guidance, and insight.

If you are interested in learning more about these insightful executive coaching sessions, feel free to email me at sarroyos@serve2perform.com. I would love to grab a coffee and talk about this further!