How to Start Conversations, Foster Connections, and Work Toward Racial Justice

How to Start Conversations, Foster Connections, and Work Toward Racial Justice

When the world learned the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Black people everywhere experienced a flood of emotions—pain, fear, sadness, frustration, anger. As our Workmate Jacqueline Brown noted, “These tragedies represent the latest in a long history of racial injustice, with many more known and unknown names on the list of those impacted.” 

In this edition of VIBE™ Voices, three Workday employees share their ideas for how to enable more conversations, foster stronger connections, and make real progress on the path to racial justice. 

Keep Talking—Even When It’s Difficult

Jacqueline Brown is a senior principal, Workday on Workday Finance. She’s also co-founder and the Pleasanton, Calif., chapter co-lead of Workday’s Talented Tenth employee belonging council (EBC), which focuses on supporting our Black community.

It was challenging to know what to say or how to process the emotions following the death of George Floyd. The collective wounds of our communities were too much to bear. But it soon became clear that it wasn’t just Black employees at Workday who were impacted, and that we all needed to be part of the conversation to start healing. This is not a one-time moment in history, and getting comfortable talking

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