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I'm heartbroken, but determined

Sheree Anne Kelly on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

I'm heartbroken to see our country look and feel the way it does right now. I'm angry at the injustice I see. I'm sad for so many who are personally impacted across the country as community leaders, business owners, and most importantly as individuals. I'm worried for members of my staff, my friends, my neighbors, my own community… I've heard from so many who have emotions that run from anger, to fear, to exhaustion.

My personal ethics don't allow me to simply watch this unfold. Racism and systemic injustice cannot be tolerated. Discrimination and acts of hate are not OK.

We are community leaders, conveners and trusted voices across the country and around the world. We need to use that power to help. Convening many stakeholders and bringing disparate voices to the table for meaningful local conversations are critical. We have a voice we can use, but we also need to listen first. Listening builds mutual understanding, and there's not enough of that right now.

Now is the time to bring your community stakeholders together to share perspectives and find ways to work collaboratively through and beyond where we are today. Thoughts and prayers alone won’t build us a stronger, more united country. We need action.

All of our peer group and division calls this week will focus on how we as an industry can be active partners in affecting change. I look forward to hearing your thoughts – and as always, I'm also happy to be in touch directly. Thank you for all you're doing for your communities and let's build a path to a better future together.

United with you,
Sheree Anne

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