Being born into privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered. It does mean through no fault of your own, you were born into a culture that has systems in place that advantage certain people and disadvantage others. I had the opportunity to learn from the incredible Maria Morukian about how to recognize and acknowledge these invisible advantages and how to use them to open the door to equity and inclusion.
More About Maria Morukian:
As President of MSM Global Consulting, Maria Morukian’s mission is to help organizations develop and implement strategies to create a more equitable and inclusive global workforce, and fuel lasting change. For nearly 20 years, Maria has served as a consultant, coach, and facilitator, providing guidance to organizations and leaders on diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership development, and organizational transformation. Her firm has partnered with hundreds of clients of all industries and sizes, including the State Department, Hazelwood School District, the World Bank, and the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
Maria’s work has been featured in Forbes and TD Magazine, and her company was recognized as one of the Top 10 Diversity and Inclusion companies by Manage HR Magazine in 2022. Maria is a sought-after speaker and has presented on the TEDx stage, for Big Tech, federal agencies, higher education, and multinational corporations. Her popular DEI podcast, Culture Stew, is in its fourth season.
Maria is an adjunct faculty at American University and the author of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace (ATD Press, 2022). Maria lives with her husband and two future “peace teachers,” who regularly coach her on how to navigate conflict and manage her amygdala.