Sunday, February 18, 2018

HELLO 2018!

So sorry that I have ignored my blog for a couple months.  I have neglected my journaling which is where I get my inspirations for my posts.  Over the last few months, I have been immersed in work, supporting friends through family challenges and reflecting on the frailties of life.  Life is precious and we should not take for granted the value of friendship, being healthy and being thankful for our worldly possessions.

Holiday time is so much fun for me.  The parties, dinners and reflections on your success from the past year helps you celebrate yourself and others.  At the close of my first full year in Human Resources responsible for recruiting and Diversity and Inclusion, I feel pretty accomplished.  Not from what I have done but what was done by my team.  Over the past few years BCBSMA has been able to build a strong and diverse executive board, senior leadership team and overall employee population. 2016 Annual Report demographics We continue to hire a diverse set of new employees externally, growing our numbers at all organizational levels.  It's a validation that if you bring together a team of diverse individuals from different backgrounds, races, cultures, age groups and experiences you can make a significant impact with strategy and focus.

Living in Boston, MA. the focus on Diversity is still a BIG conversation.  The Boston Globe Spotlight articles on racism click here to read last December brings a reality of "in your face" challenges that shows we still have much to do.  Not only inside our corporations but also within our communities.  I will continue to do my part to influence corporations to act upon diversity goals which builds stronger communities, citizens and prosperous companies.  But feeling welcomed in restaurants, galleries, museums can only begin with people of color showing up so we are not the only all the time.  I realize economics was a driver to much of the conversation in the articles but those who can afford have an obligation to pave the way for those who are trying to realize the American dream.

Over the next year, I plan to visit and write about my experiences to give you a little guidance on where you might travel in this city to experience a taste of its cultural wealth.  Maybe I will open an unexpected door for you.

You do not need to be invited into public spaces, especially restaurants.  Open your own doors.  Take your friends and have fun.  Expand your experiences.  You will broaden your knowledge, allow establishments to know you as a valuable customer and live life very differently.

I had lunch with twelve of my girlfriends at Season52 in Chestnut Hill, MA in January and had a great experience.  We booked a private space, the food was well prepared and so was the service. I had a mushroom burger and paired it with my favorite grape, red Zinfandel. The wine was from Italy, where they call Zinfandel, Primitivo, this red (Rosso) from the Salento region of Italy had a little bit of style difference from its  California sister varieties.  It was a little lighter, with a little more tannin but the fruit which I like the most was still present. Try the one from Total Wine. Price range $11-15.