Each month I’m going to write a short blog about being a Consultant here at Diversity Dana, and this is my first one, so here goes!
December 2021 was a real challenge for me. Yeah, that’s an understatement. I found out my job was being made redundant, and the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was threatening to ruin our plans of a family Christmas. As a result my anxiety was through the roof.
Luckily, my family managed to dodge the coronavirus and we had a lovely, laughter filled Christmas. So in the new year I decided to share with my LinkedIn network that, after nearly two decades in generalist HR, I was looking for opportunities within Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
Then, like a superhero swooping in to save the day, Dana messaged me – She’d seen my LinkedIn post! Dana told me she’d won a Black Thrive grant to undertake The Possibility Project and that she could use an extra pair of hands.
Dana and I had been introduced a year earlier by a mutual friend, and I’d said at the time I was keen to move into EDI. I spent the next 12 months reading and learning about all things EDI, including attending and delivery training, and it all paid off because Dana wanted me to join her team! Cue the imposter syndrome … Dana wants ME?
After a pinch myself moment, I said yes and here I am!
January 2022 has been a million times better than I could have ever imagined. Dana and the Diversity Dana team have been incredibly welcoming and supportive, and I got stuck in straight away. I’ve been turning Dana’s Black History Month Instagram posts into blogs on the Diversity Dana website – They’re a brilliant read and a celebration of inspirational Black people through history, so if you’ve got a few spare moments please do take a look.
I’ve also been immersing myself in preparation for the launch of The Possibility Project, which will showcase stories of Black people who have long-term health conditions and who are thriving in the workplace. I’ve been involved in writing and reviewing the frequently asked questions, editing video captions and transcripts, and approaching people to see if they would like to share their stories as part of the project.
There’s lots more work and research to do, and I can’t wait to continue to support the incredible Diversity Dana team – I’m so happy to be working with you all.
If you’d like to learn more about The Possibility Project, including how you can get involved, Click Here.