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Have you felt like just giving up on making a difference lately? Almost too burnt out to care anymore? You’re not the only one.
These days, activism fatigue is plaguing many people who want to keep championing the work of social justice and organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). They’re tired, and particularly exhausted by the seemingly endless stream of bad news that reveals just how much has NOT changed in the last few decades of the social justice and worker rights movements.
Yet these are not new experiences – there are those who have been ‘fighting the good fight,’ and along the way learned how to keep going in the face of what might seem like insurmountable obstacles.
In December 2022, we met for a❄️ special holiday edition ❄️ of Unlearning, with host Lindsey T. H. Jackson and techie/community advocate Laura Kaye Chamberlain for a heartwarming fireside chat with the people they know best who have a proven track record of lifelong advocacy… their moms!
We gathered together at the virtual roundtable for Unlearning Hopelessness to discuss:
>> Reminder: DEI and personal unlearning are an integral part of professional development you can (and should!) get credit for within your organization so your work is fairly recognized and compensated. Be sure to tell your team and leadership that you’re watching these monthly Unlearnings!
Deborah Holland (she/her) is a semi-retired independent human resources consultant and coach (and mother to Unlearning host Lindsey T. H. Jackson!).
For over 13 years, Deborah was president of DLJ & Associates, a consulting firm providing a full range of general human resources (HR) expertise, including organizational capacity building; talent management including the development and facilitation of leadership training and succession planning; leadership transition and executive search; change management; diversity, equity and inclusion training and professional coaching.
Prior to starting her consulting practice, Deborah served as vice president of
staffing and employee relations for a global telecommunications company
where she was responsible for the company’s business unit human resources
support, recruitment and retention strategy and employee relations.
Deborah has also held various HR and nonprofit leadership positions, and received her M. Ed in Counseling Education and a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified life and career coach, and today primarily enjoys her semi-retirement while coaching the next generation of leaders.
You can connect with Deborah on LinkedIn.
And your regular Unlearning host… 🎙️ Lindsey T. H. Jackson! (she/her)
Lindsey is a creative force in motion. Every year, organizations and outlets like MoPOP, the Washington State GSBA and King5 News call on her to guide thousands of individuals through their shared journeys of Unlearning our culturally patterned biases and traumas. And now, we’re fortunate enough to be among them!
Through her ongoing research on the root causes of our Western culture of pressure and burnout, Lindsey has spent over 15 years clearing the path to wellness & liberation alongside leaders, teams, and organizations.
And today, she’s the CEO creating the future of work with her team at LTHJ Global — leading the organizational Diversity, Equity & Inclusion evolution from the inside out.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn or learn more about her work right here at LTHJ Global.
Barb Chamberlain (she/her) has served as director of the Active Transportation Division at the Washington State Department of Transportation since it was created in March of 2017.
She led the team in creation of a brand-new state active transportation plan that has won multiple awards, including the national People’s Choice Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO. The plan is now incorporated into the Move Ahead Washington transportation investment package as a way of prioritizing needed improvements to make streets safer for all.
She leads policy, planning and capacity building for walking, rolling, and other forms of accessible and equitable active transportation. She serves on the AASHTO Council on Active Transportation and Equity Task Force and Washington state’s Cooper Jones Active Transportation Safety Council.
Before coming to WSDOT, Chamberlain was executive director of Washington Bikes, the statewide advocacy organization; headed public affairs work for Washington State University Spokane; and served in the Idaho State legislature as a state representative and senator.
You can connect with Barb by learning more about how she became a bike advocate; reading her piece on Personal Privilege and Biking; and connecting on Mastodon or Twitter.
Laura Kaye Chamberlain (they/she) serves as Unlearning techie and the Director of Buzz & Hype at LTHJ Global leading the community’s growth and connection. She’s also Barb Chamberlain’s grownup kid!
Laura directs LTHJ Global’s authentic, non-extractive Marketing & PR in collaboration with the LTHJ Global team and partners. On any given day, Laura can be found orchestrating the Unlearning sessions; securing speaking engagements for the enigmatic Lindsey T. H. Jackson; strategizing ways to evolve the narratives around DEI; and high-fiving babies.
Those working with Laura have called them a “Swiss Army Knife,” “Full Stack Creative Producer,” and “All Around Good Time.” Laura’s recent experience: offering strategic communications for the community-based Myanmar initiative Doh Eain, supporting Ecosocial Farm in Albania, and directing production with Creative Media Group which included the launch of the Moonshots with Naveen Jain podcast — including this early interview Naveen did with Lindsey!
You can find out more about Laura’s independent work on their site, or connect on LinkedIn or Instagram.
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