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The path to building an anti-racist workplace | Susan Long-Walsh | TEDxSeattle

Susan Long-Walsh knows we all have a role in changing how we think and subsequently act, concerning how we care for, treat, and include one another in life, especially in the workplace. She's built her career accessing and improving organizations' cultures, and she continues to tackle race in the workplace head-on. In this 2020 TEDxSeattle talk, Long-Walsh passionately advocates for less corporate lip service, and she presents an action-based tool to take people from nice words to real measured changes that hold them accountable. 6:20 - The action-oriented tool Susan created, TheBRIC 10:21 - The Impact of Gen Z More to explore: Watch Baratunde Thurston’s talk, “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time”: See Mellody Hobson’s talk on, “Color blind or color brave?” Check out Chimamanda Adichie’s talk, “The danger of a single story.” Susan Long-Walsh has a different vision for the future. An established entrepreneur, influencer, and thought leader, Long-Walsh works to help people engage in strategic planning for inclusion, equity, and diversity to bridge differences and connect more meaningfully. Inspired by her grandmother’s strength, who lived by her own rules, Long-Walsh believes every person should have an equal opportunity no matter how they look, live, or love. At the core, she’s passionate about people. Long-Walsh thrives on creating connections and developing a sense of belonging for all in the workplace. Through her work in talent acquisition and retention, she’s shaped diversity and inclusion initiatives for top Northwest organizations such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Vulcan, Inc., and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

After many years of helping companies and professionals across broad industries enact lasting change, she established Susan Long-Walsh and Associates, a Seattle-based consultancy that connects businesses to the resources, talent, and tools toward building a great workplace culture. Outside of her professional work, Long-Walsh is active on the boards for StolenYouth and Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL). Her weakness? Marjorie restaurant (Donna Moodie’s) bread pudding. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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