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Why Belonging Matters

On average, 58% of Black employees say they have experienced racism at work.
40% of Black employees feel like outsiders in their corporate culture.
35% of Black employees “say they ‘need to compromise their authenticity’ to conform to their company’s standards”.
Black candidates who “whiten” their job resumes are 15% more likely to receive call backs for interviews.
67% of employees who experience racism at work, felt uncomfortable voicing their concerns to management or HR.

Bottom Line

Racially diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35%.
Companies with the highest levels of racial diversity earn 15X more sales revenue than companies with lower levels.
Racial diversity is a better determinant of sales revenue and customer numbers than factors such as a company’s size and age.
83% of millennials report higher levels of engagement when they believed their company fosters an inclusive culture.
70% of employees say they would consider looking for a new job if their employer didn’t demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

Why Black Belonging Matters ?

Are your DEI initiatives creating spaces of belonging? Or, are they forcing your employees who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) to present inauthentic versions of themselves?

The harsh reality is that the majority of DEI efforts fail due to unwittingly flawed, ineffective, and outdated organizational methodology.

Despite earnest and valiant DEI efforts, there has been little change in the hiring, retention and promotion of BIPOC employees.

What DEI efforts of the past have succeeded in doing, is to teach BIPOC employees how to alter themselves so as to pretend  that they fit in to the workspace.

For the employee, it is exhausting.

For the organization, it is unproductive.  It is costly. And, because society now demands that organizations diversify their talent, failure to modify DEI efforts will lead to slow, yet certain demise.

We can fix it! At Black Belonging Matters, we collaborate with organizations to identify and address structural barriers to equity and inclusion. Together, we will create environments where employees belong, engage and flourish.

Expertise Matters

Our programs are successful! We employ evidence based best practices that improve recruitment and retention rates; improve problem solving within groups, and, ultimately, increase revenue!
Our unconscious bias  training programs’ lead facilitator and subject matter expert is a doctoral level psychologist whose research and ten year’s experience is specifically related to the ways in which individuals, groups and service providers can enhance skills related to cross racial and cross cultural interactions.
Our diversity equity & inclusion services are led by a 20 year executive whose experience has guided global corporations in developing and implementing data driven, impactful diversity and inclusion strategies.
Our cultural liaison services are led by an attorney, with 10 years human resources and employee relations experience, as well as experience advising both small businesses and multi-million dollar entities. Additional support services are provided by a Master’s level social worker whose research based approach guides the facilitation of discussions about race and culture.
We are 100% Black owned and women led.

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

Shirley Chisholm

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barrack Obama

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them

Ida B. Wells

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

Cultural Inroads

Showing Empathy & Support For Black Employees

The cyclical nature of trauma  is once again taking its toll on Black people across America. Many are asking, “How can we show support for our Black employees and/or colleagues?”  Below,…

Inclusivity and Black Employees

Today’s quick topic: Inclusivity and Black Employees, and, Building Inclusive Workplaces for Black Employees.  Research suggests that the majority of diversity initiatives fail.   You can read some suggestions as to…

Covid-19 and Employee Burnout

Today we discuss Covid-19 and employee burnout:  how to prevent and recognize it. Almost a full year later, coronavirus continues to plague the  world with existential fears, uncertainty, and no…

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Some Satisfied Clients

Brittany Smith

Social Media Strategist - Spectrum Science
I loved it! It's something more agencies and companies should incorporate since we spend majority of our day at work. Many people now are learning more than ever on how can to be better of not putting their bias on people, even when they may not notice. It was a great refresher for myself to acknowledge and learning new ways to overcome unconscious bias. Plus, it brought me closer a lot of people in my agency that I haven't even talked too yet because many of us have not met since working from home


Spectrum Science
It was a great training. I had taken an unconscious bias training before so was definitely aware of some of these things, but I still felt like I learned a lot about how to navigate and lessen unconscious bias. In addition, the IAT tests really helped open my eyes to some unconscious biases I didn't necessarily realize I had.

Liza Amling

Social Media Strategist - Spectrum Science
I thought the program was run very well and it was great to get a chance to break out into small groups to get to know my co-workers. I also felt like people were more open to chatting and sharing their experiences in the smaller groups. Overall I felt it was a very beneficial program for me.

Elizabeth Ross

Senior Event Sales Manager - Tao Group
Was very interesting, informative, and brought up points that I had not thought about before! Overall was a great exercise to become more aware of our unconscious bias

Kim Russen

Partner-Tao Group Hospitality
This was one of the best group trainings I have attended in all my (many) years of attending these sort of trainings. You did such a wonderful job keeping the group engaged and there was a perfect balance of both participation and education. While we all know that one session like this will not forever change our thoughts and actions; we are now all so much more aware and we will open up our minds and hearts to do better. So thank you for that! Looking forward to working more with you and your team in the future.


Presenter was great and made learning easy. Feels good to know I work for a company that cares about me and my community.

Brendan McManus

Director of Operations-TAO Group Hospitality
Our organization had a fantastic experience with Tarin and Dr. Norissa of BBM. We employed them for Unconscious Bias Training and they were both a pleasure to work with - highly professional, courteous and patient with our young and still developing Diversity & Inclusion Committee. They both took the time to learn the ins and outs of our organization, adapted their training accordingly, and worked with us on budget. Dr. Williams' training was highly interactive and provoked insightful conversation and plenty of introspective reflection. Everyone from new hires to veterans in our Organization were impressed with BBM's services. A huge THANK YOU to the entire team at BBM - we sincerely hope to work with you again soon and explore your other valuable resources.
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