Director of People & Culture at The Fontaine Hotel
What subcommittee do you participate in?
Learning & Development
What do you personally and collectively want to accomplish with our D/I council?
Personally, I’d like to see leaders at Davidson become comfortable in having conversations about and addressing bias. I’d like to see conscious and unconscious bias removed from our way of thinking and operating. It is my hope to gain more confidence in being able to address leaders and team members when I recognize their practices veer from the goals of the council and company.
Collectively, I’d like for Diversity and Inclusion to be so engrained, that it is second nature for us to have a diverse workforce. I’d also like to see current team members included in the conversations to allow all cultures and heritage to be recognized and celebrated as well.
Why did you join the council?
Growing up and seeing how it was necessary to push the boundaries/obstacles that were placed against you simply because of the color of your skin made me who I am. This is the reason that I joined the council without hesitation. Being born and raised in Selma, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement, I witnessed discrimination, conscious bias and unconscious bias from an early age. My family fought to push back against stereotypes when it came to their abilities in the workplace, entrepreneurship and their children. When my parents recognized these things, they insured that I understood this mistreatment, how to address it and to never be apologetic for not accepting it. I was always taught that it was ok to be an agent of change no matter the degree of change needed. It is my hope that, as a council, we be allowed to be those agents of change for Davidson Hospitality.