Diana Marie Lee (DML)

CEO and Founder
Sweet Livity LLC

As a healer, activist and entrepreneur working in diverse rural and urban spaces, DML aka Black Wall Street has trained 1,200+ non-profit, philanthropic, and governmental leaders and supported 200+ organizations to improve their capacity to collaborate, mobilize resources and build power to shift policies and local ecosystems for better community health outcomes. DML’s company, Sweet Livity LLC (http://sweetlivity.com), provides a range of wellness services for leaders and organizations in the areas of self-care (stress management and well-being), community care (conflict resolution and reducing workplace discrimination), and business care (increasing organizational sustainability and generating equitable economic development in vulnerable communities).

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in POC-led Institutions for Better Worker Engagement and Well-being

People of color with compelling visions for racial and social justice for underserved and vulnerable communities often find themselves creating and leading campaigns and organizations that mirror white supremacy culture. In these spaces, workers often experience unimaginable levels of stress and illness related to discrimination and institutional culture. This dynamic negatively impacts how workers relate to themselves, their comrades, and to the people and communities they serve. Unhealthy workplace culture + unhealthy workplace relationships = diminished effectiveness, sustainability, power and results.

Given the increasing socioeconomic and political challenges facing people of color-led campaigns and organizations, we need better solutions now to shift the unhealthy and harmful ways in which we do our work. During this session, experience a participatory, mini-design process that bridges the gap between good design, technology, art and social justice efforts to innovate solutions to this problem: how to support workers in POC-led institutions to de-escalate chaos and stress, build stronger relationships with one another and foster collective resiliency and power to address conflicts and stressful situations.

Speakers: Diana Marie Lee (DML), Connie L. Johnson