How to Confront Microaggressions

Leaders Forum 2022 Part 6

Giving and receiving feedback. Calling out and calling in. Taking responsibility for causing harm. Moving from bystander to ally. All of these difficult conversations require courage, but not everyone knows how to have these conversations so the outcomes are productive and actionable.

In a truly safe, trusted, and inclusive workplace, it is the responsibility of everyone to name harm when it is caused (e.g. microaggressions) or to give feedback when someone is upholding dominant culture instead of centering the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable folks in our organization. This may be difficult to do based on our race, ability, gender identification, and other non-dominant identities.

This workshop will introduce different frameworks for having courageous/difficult conversations in addition to the process for giving and receiving feedback to ensure we are centering the lived experiences of the most intentionally ignored, and not white comfort.

Presented as a special collaboration between ChangeLawyers and Hella Social Impact

Meet Your Activists

Since the end of the last century, Lynn has worked at the intersection of social impact, entrepreneurship, and arts + media. She has founded and successfully led several social ventures dedicated to storytelling through the lens of gender and racial justice; including Spotlight: Girls and Oakland Freedom Theater— a first-of-its kind ensemble of actors, musicians and expert facilitators utilizing art and empathy to dismantle systems of oppression.

Lynn is a highly sought-after speaker and leader in the certified B Corp community and has appeared on the stages of SOCAP, Social Venture Circle, SVI Women, Lean StartUp Week, and Wisdom 2.0. Her work has been recognized and supported by SheEO, the Force for Good Fund, and Ashoka Changemakers. Lynn was the 2017 winner of The Pitch competition presented by SheKnows Media at the BlogHer conference in Orlando, FL.

As Founder and CEO of Hella Social Impact, Lynn is focused on helping businesses show up for racial justice authentically and impactfully. She believes her main job is to help today’s leaders access the courage and imagination needed to reshape our economy for the good of all people.

Based in Oakland, CA since 2006, Lynn and her wife currently reside in Albuquerque, NM where their tween, neurodivergent daughter is receiving residential care. When not working, Lynn enjoys living room karaoke, mixing up new cocktail recipes, and walking along the Rio Grande.