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Jan 12, 2021

There is a brief discussion of police brutality in this episode around 16 minutes in.

In episode 14 of Mission: Impact, some of the topics that Carol and her guest, Keisha Sitney, discussed include:

  • Why leaders need to be role models for their staff and lead by example
  • Why organizations need to start with individuals when working on equity
  • How to build the leadership capacity of people who haven’t traditionally been promoted to leadership roles
  • Why it is important to not just teach people of color to be like “traditional” white leaders but encourage them develop their own leadership style
  • How professionals focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion experience profound fatigue in continually educating people about racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Why it’s important for leaders to be willing to share when they make mistakes and what they learned from them.

Guest Information: 

Keisha Sitney is the Chief People Officer for The Y in Central Maryland and the founder of Golden Key Coaching. She works to ensure the people strategies and resources support and match the strategic priorities of the organization. Keisha is an executive leader who has been with the Y for 30 years, both at the national and regional levels. With in-depth experience in coaching, talent management, strategic visioning and planning, and facilitation, Keisha has served in operational roles at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, led the national multicultural leadership development movement as well as served as an internal consultant for C-Suite leaders from Ys across the United States. She holds a Master's Degree in Organization Development from American University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Howard University.