STEP UP: Equity Matters

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STEP UP: Equity Matters
Madison Area Businesses Stepping Up for Racial Equity


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Join Sara and the Step Up team in the Step Up Movement. We are hosting a powerful series on equity in the workplace. We will explore the issues around workplace equity and inclusivity that matter most to you, and step up together by bringing in local experts and having honest conversations with each other and ourselves. Visit website here.

As we dive into that process we will also learn to create and engage in conversations about inequities in the workplace and our communities. We will encourage each other to open up our hearts and minds to listen, empathize and find common ground while challenging each other to identify biases within ourselves and each other in a loving, non-judgmental manner. This is an ongoing practice of communication and engagement. It is crucial that we become conscious, confident, and humble to create lasting changes.

Design Team: 
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Sara Alvarado, President/Co-Owner of Alvarado Real Estate Group, Speaker and Writer
Haywood Simmons, Holistic Wellness Consultant, Motivational Speaker and Author
Amy Kesling, Sustain Dane, Membership and Administration Manager
Tania Ibarra, Summit Credit Union and Latino Professionals Association

Dates for Step Up in 2015 (click here to receive email notifications of upcoming events)

  • Friday, February 13
  • Friday, May 1
  • Summer Coffee & Conversations, Wednesday, July 22
  • Friday, September 18
  • Friday, December 4
    Check out the STEP UP Book Club on the third Tuesday of each month. Check out our website for more information. And connect on facebook too.

17083468407_d4a7937f23_oThe STEP UP Pledge

I understand that my attitude and my perspective make my World what it is. I choose to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and empathy each and every day   and in each and every encounter. While I know it will not always be easy, I commit to the challenge. I commit to change. It is in this spirit that I agree to the following:

I pledge to be courageous in my honesty and my truth.

I pledge to participate with good intentions in this safe place where my community and I can grow and flourish.

I pledge to be open to new ways of seeing the world and of sharing the world with others.

I pledge to work towards curiosity and not in judgment.

I pledge to step up boldly and lead by example even when it feels uncomfortable.

I pledge to trust myself, my intentions and the goodness of others.

I pledge to build a beautiful and diverse culture inside myself and my community.

Sometimes our steps will be big and bold and other times they will be small and soft. Both kinds of steps take a brave heart, are necessary and important. In fact some of the smallest steps create the biggest impact on our growth.

I pledge to STEP UP today and every day for a better world.


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