Chances are, there are times when you walk into a room and feel like you don’t quite belong. It could be your gender, age, skin color, or job title. Or maybe it’s because when you scan the room, all you see are tightly formed, unwelcoming cliques. Your confidence may slip as dread begins creeping in. You might think: How do I succeed here, let alone get through this?
“Walk in like a lion!” says Deborah Frances-White, appropriately delivering that advice in more of a roar than a statement in her stage-trained voice.
She and I were sitting in the green room at the Milano Convention Centre, right before she took the stage for the Inspiration Keynote at Workday Rising Europe in November. The Inspiration Keynote is a favorite session of our customers at our annual Workday Rising conferences in the United States and Europe, featuring speakers who typically focus on how to be a better, happier, and more authentic person in your job and life.
Frances-White, who lives in London, joined us in Milan to discuss the power of including yourself. Belonging and inclusion are important to all of us on both a personal and a professional level, and a
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