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Workplace Warrior®

Mar 6, 2023

About Brenda Harrington: Brenda Harrington, PCC is the Founder of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC. As the Executive Coach to global leaders in private, public, nonprofit, government, humanitarian and intergovernmental organizations (IGO’s), she helps clients refine the leadership competencies and professional habits necessary for them to have the greatest possible impact. Brenda has extensive experience working with subject matter experts and individual contributors elevating to roles that require them to be a leader of people. A core area of focus for her is the development of cross-cultural awareness and competencies required to work successfully with diverse and multicultural teams. She is the author of ACCESS DENIED: Addressing Workplace Disparities and Discrimination (March, 2022). 

Brenda completed coaching certification at Georgetown University and Global Mindset certification at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University.


In this episode, Jordan and Brenda Harrington discuss:

  • Personal stories of unconscious racism 
  • Cultivating curiosity about history 
  • What is systemic racism 
  • Dealing with your blind spots 


Key Takeaways

  • Some cases of racial insensitivity aren’t malicious by intent, but can still have a negative impact on a person. We need to be conscious about what we say and what we don’t put appropriate weight on when it comes to discussions around history and race. 
  • We need to have a thirst for authentic knowledge about our history. We can’t be complacent about things that have happened in the past, as the impact of eras and events of before still reverberate to our modern age. 
  • Racism is systemic, pervasive, and ubiquitous. In part, it means how blocks to housing, banking and business etc. mitigated the opportunity to amass generational wealth and create a meaningful quality of life.  
  • In order to bring light to your blind spots, you’ve got to discover what your fears or triggers are. You also have to have a realistic degree of expectations. You need to read the room, you've got to understand the culture of the organization and the environment, and who the power players are.


 “People need to be honest with themselves, about what they're dealing with. And it has less to do with them and everything to do with the environment that they're in.” — Brenda Harrington



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