By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
Katharine Zaleski's Blog

My 2018 Liberation List

New Year's Resolutions don't work for me. I need to drop too much stuff that drags me down first.

I've been inspired by Ellen Pao and Cate Huston who published "Liberation Lists" instead of New Year's resolutions. The goal of these lists is to let go of all the things in 2018 that can drag you down. So here are mine (I'm sure I'm missing a ton, but I'll keep adding to this list).

1. Say "no" to free talks that won't grow PowerToFly (notice the caveat in there since I have to consider some talks as biz dev opportunities). My time is valuable and it affects the livelihood of all the people on the PowerToFly team. If I'm giving away free time then I'm not focused on building PowerToFly's mission. Hat tip to Chevon Drew who made me realize this in 2017 after I asked her to be on a panel, and balked, when she simply asked whether she could be compensated for her time. I've since then apologized to her and she's set me straight on why it's important for women to always ask to be remunerated in some form - travel, straight payment, etc.

2. Stay off Instagram. It's an envy machine that only makes me question why I'm not on the beach donning a caftan in March. (Full disclosure, my most recent Instagram photos are beach shots.... but those were taken in 2017).

3. Stop going to so many meetings. I won't attend work meetings where I'm not required to be there as a decision maker.

4. Give up being the only public speaker at PowerToFly. We do a lot of public events with the companies we partner with and I'm often the host. That means I need to be in San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and a million other places. We can't scale the company that way. Happy to say that already we have four events in 2018 that others at PowerToFly will be speaking at instead of me.

5. Don't beat around the bush with people. Feedback is a gift and I need give it to people more often so they can improve. I also need to do it in the moment where I see something that they can tweak.

6. Stop checking my phone in front of my family. What's the point of being with my family if I'm not mentally there? If someone really needs me, they know to call and I'll pick up.

7. Archive all emails that don't matter (archive just in case some might matter one day). I've actually become good at clearing out my inbox each day, but I could be better.

8. Don't read news that only gets you riled up and scared. That means no more terrible crime stories about kidnappings or shootings at family parties.

9. Don't pick up unknown numbers. I started doing this in the Fall and I think it has saved me hours of time. If someone really needs to reach me, they can leave a message.

Want to share anything you want to liberate yourself from in 2018? Tweet at me here - @kzaleski.


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.


Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Only 4% of companies that say they value diversity consider disabilities. Even fewer include learning and thinking differences.

While neurodiversity is a concept that is gaining more awareness, many employers have still not fully grasped the importance (and benefits) of understanding neurodiversity and how to effectively incorporate and retain neurodivergent individuals in their organizations.


[VIDEO ▶️ ] Are You the Right Candidate for the Job? Tips From a Helm Recruiter

💎 Wondering how you can show up as the right candidate for the job?

📼 Press PLAY to hear some insight from a recruiter at Helm into what the right candidate for the job looks like in an interview. Alayna Sye, Helm's Senior Technical Recruiter, knows an applicant is going to be the right for the job usually after the first conversation. Find out exactly what will make you stand out, as well as the steps for the application process at Helm.


30+ Ways Companies Are Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Founded in 1989, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends October 15. The four-week span over two calendar months may seem a bit odd, but it comes with good reason, as it covers independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, as well as key celebrations in Hispanic and Latin communities. Apart from commemorating major holidays and historic milestones, this month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans.

We asked some of our partner companies what they're doing to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work this year, and we were inspired by the wide range of responses, from highlighting the impact that employees have in local communities to hosting fireside conversations on allyship to sharing performances and instruction of famous cultural dances.ot only are these companies honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, they're finding ways to spread positive change throughout the year. Here's what they're doing, in their own words:


The Workplace of the Future: How Companies Can Plan for The Ever-Changing

As vaccination numbers climb and some—though not all—of our collective paranoia begins to dissipate, businesses are starting to reopen. Employers face a key decision: how will they respond? Will they go back to the ways of life before COVID? Or will they adopt more permanently the flexibility and remote-first work necessitated by the pandemic?

As part of our Corporate Circles: Inclusive Conversation Series, join PowerToFly's Global Director of DEI Sienna Brown and Global DEI Strategist & Trainer Zara Chaudary on Friday, October 1st from 12pm to 1:30pm Eastern for an interactive roundtable as we discuss and share the tools and mindset needed to create the office of the future in a post-pandemic world.

© Rebelmouse 2020