Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort-- Inclusive and Equitable Professional Development: Rethinking standards of professionalism.


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Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort: Inclusive and Equitable Professional Development: Rethinking standards of professionalism.

Quote from "The Bias of 'Professionalism' Standards," by Aysa Gray: "The standards of professionalism, according to American grassroots organizer-scholars Tema Okun and Keith Jones, are heavily defined by white supremacy culture—or the systemic, institutionalized centering of whiteness. In the workplace, white supremacy culture explicitly and implicitly privileges whiteness and discriminates against non-Western and non-white professionalism standards related to dress code, speech, work style, and timeliness." This session will focus on ways organizations are rethinking standards of professionalism. Guest speaker: Tamika Curry-Smith.  Recommended readings: The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards and The Costs of Code Switching

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Tamika Curry Smith is President of The TCS Group, Inc., a firm that provides human resources and diversity and inclusion (D&I) solutions to a broad range of clients in a variety of industries. She was most recently Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Nike, Inc., where she was responsible for leading a global D&I team across the Nike, Jordan, and Converse brands. Prior to Nike, Tamika was Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Mercedes-Benz USA.
Tamika started her career with Deloitte & Touche, where she obtained her CPA license and performed accounting and auditing services. She then joined Deloitte Consulting, where she gained experience in both general management and retail consulting on client engagements focused on strategy, operations, supply chain, and process improvement.
Tamika then took on the role of Director of Diversity Programs for Deloitte Consulting, where her responsibilities included leading the design and execution of Deloitte’s diversity strategy in the Americas and implementing initiatives with senior management.
After Deloitte, Tamika became the Director of Diversity at Target Corporation, where she was responsible for developing and driving the diversity strategy for Target’s corporate headquarters, stores, and distribution centers and leading the organization’s focus on diversity recruitment, retention, awareness, communication, and measurement.
Ms. Curry Smith earned a BBA in Accounting with High Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She also obtained an MBA in Organizational Behavior, Strategy, and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management.
Tamika has shared her expertise as a speaker and facilitator with many organizations, such as the Conference Board, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the National Science Foundation. In addition, Ms. Curry Smith has been featured in numerous publications, including Black Enterprise, the New York Times Magazine, DiversityInc, and Diversity Professional Magazine.
Ms. Curry Smith has received various awards, among them the Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business, Diversity MBA's Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders, AZ Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, and the Chairman’s Award from the National Black MBA Association. Ms. Curry Smith is an Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program alumna and a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association. She currently serves on the Alumni Board of Governors and the Dean’s Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management Inclusion Coalition.

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