Happy New Year! My top 7 blogs of 2023.

I am continuing my New Year’s tradition of sharing my top seven blogs that received the most hits during the past year.

Six of my top seven most read blogs were published in earlier years.  I guess as more people read them, they come toward the top on google searches and get even more readers.  Only one of the top seven was actually written and published this year.

Six of the seven blogs relate to some aspect of diversity: LGBTQ+, Hispanic, Muslim, diversity in sports and diversity in job search.

Here are the seven most read of 2023,  starting with number 7 and working up to number one.

7) This year’s number 7 was the one blog on the list that was written and published this year – Seven “Trigger Words” Against the LGBTQ Community.  I share seven words or phrases that are highly insulting and demeaning to LGBTQ+ people. This may be important content to include in LGBTQ+ diversity training.

6) This year’s number 6 was also last year’s number 6 – “Three Wonderful Recent Examples of Diversity and Sports,” in which I provide short summaries with links about an NFL football player with one hand, an WNBA player who is a new mother with her wife, and a college track star who overcame a harsh abusive upbringing in Africa.

5) Returning from 2021’s “Top 7” is this blog initially published in 2018.  I received excellent assistance from local activist and Muslim woman Zainab Baloch, “Five Things To Never Say To a Muslim.”

4) Appearing for in the first time in my “Top 7” last year at number five, and now moving up one slot is “Active Listening Skills of Influential Leaders” published in March 2020.

The Hispanic population in the USA is one of the fastest growing segments

With the growing number of Hispanic people in the US, it makes sense that:

3) Written in collaboration with my part-time biligual consultant in staff, Elsa Maria Jimenez Salgado, “Five Things to Never Say to Hispanic People.”

2) And actually written as a guest blog piece by Elsa Maria Jimenez Salgado and 2021 and 2022’s number one blog, “Seven Misconceptions or Stereotypes of Hispanic People.”

1) And now number 1!!  Written in 2020 and appearing in my list for the first time last year as #2 is “Five Tips for Highlighting Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Your Resume: Here’s How.”    As diversity, equity and inclusion becomes increasingly important in the workplace, this blog can prove to be a valuable resource for job seekers.

I wish all of my faithful readers a happy and fulfilling 2024.  To stay in touch and to receive my monthly newsletter in which I summarize all blogs written in the previous month, please do subscribe to my newsletter. Or check out this page to connect to my LinkedIn or business Facebook page.

Three Wonderful Recent Examples of Diversity in Sports

Photo credits: (1) Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images, (2) Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America, (3) U.S. Sports – Stripes

Please see links to several of my other resources and my blogs about sports and diversity at the bottom of this page.

It is no secret that I enjoy sports, including writing about the intersection of sports and my professional field of diversity consulting. And even in my own life, I started my journey, against all odds, of training as an adult competitive figure skater at the tender age of 59! (You can read all about this journey on my figure skating page.)

Recently (Sunday, April 29th) my spirit was uplifted by 3 wonderful stories in our Raleigh News and Observer sports section that prominently included diversity aspects. The three stories included a football star with a missing hand, a WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) star experiencing new motherhood with her wife, and an immigrant African girl routinely beaten and growing up in poverty coming to America and becoming a college track star.

Here is a short look at these three wonderful stories:

1) Overcoming a disability. Linebacker Shaquem Griffin, after four years of playing on the University of Central Florida’s football team, was recently drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, where he will join his twin brother Shaquill. This one handed young man, with great speed, a knack for the ball, and an infectious enthusiasm, overcame the disability of a missing hand to become the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, and the first one-handed player to be drafted by the NFL. Link to full Orlando Sentinel Story.

2) LGBT Acceptance. WNBA star Diana Taurasi’s wife Penny Taylor recently gave birth to a son on March 1st. Heartwarming stories of star athletes becoming parents for the first time are quite common as “human interest” stories in the news, but societal progress toward acceptance of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people into mainstream society is demonstrated by the simple “matter of fact” “no big deal” way this story of the lesbians moms is portrayed. Link to full Associated Press Story.

3) An immigrant growing up with abuse and poverty. As a young girl in Ghana after her mother died, Amanda Agana was raised by an aunt who routinely beat her, smasher her fingers with rocks, and singed her skins with a smoldering end of a stick. When she was eleven, Amanda was adopted and brought to the United States by Carol Meadows, a nurse-practitioner from Arkansas. During the long emotional and physical healing process, Amanda’s skill of running away to avoid constant beatings was channeled into winning races on her high school track team. Now Amanda is attending the US Naval Academy, where she is an emerging college track star. Link to Washington Post story.

These three stories illustrate how determination can help people overcome disabilities, societal stigma, prejudice, poverty and physical challenges to become empowered people achieving great things and a fulfilling life.

* * * * *

Link to Resource: Breaking Barriers: Strategies for Inclusivity in Sports

Links to some my other blogs featuring diversity and sports

A blog about Bridge II Sports, a local non-profit with a robust series of athletic programs for people with disabilities.

Five Key Messages on The Importance of Out Gay Olympic Athletes, which also includes links to two blogs featuring a series of fabulous out gay figure skaters.

Fortunate is the NFL Team that Drafts Out Gay Football Standout Michael Sam!

Football, Bullying and LGBT Diversity – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Five Important Ramifications of NBA Pro Basketball Player Jason Collins’ Coming Out

And finally, a link to my whole series of “Get Up” Blogs inspired by US Figure Skating’s “Get Up” campaign, with the theme, that, in all aspects of our lives, like in figure skating, we may fall, but the more times we get up and persevere, the stronger we become.