How BlackNorth Is Tackling Systemic Racism -- And How You Can Help - with Dahabo Ahmed Omer

One year ago Wes Hall engaged Corporate Canada in a mission to end anti-Black systemic racism. Using a business-first mindset, the organization has achieved much in its first year, and yet much is left to be done. In this interview Bart talks with Dahabo Ahmed Omer, BlackNorth's inaugural executive director, about the journey that led her to joining the organization, what she's learned and her advice for those who want to act as allies. In a far-ranging interview Dahabo offers both realism about the depths of systemic racism and the need to undo it, and optimism about what is possible. She ends the interview by sharing some practical advice for anyone wondering, "what can I do to help?". A must-listen for anyone passionate about leadership.

Teaser   00:01

Introducing the guest      00:49

What is Black North         01:35

Mandate of Black North 03:42

Not just a problem in the US        05:18

Dahabo's story   06:50

Civil war in Somalia          07:21

Dedicate life to serving community            10:04

What do you do if you have privilege?      10:25

The hiring process at Black North               13:24

The experience of black Canadians applying for jobs          17:12

Untapped talent               18:04

First year at Black North 20:12

Establishing the mission and mandate      20:44

In it for the long haul       21:52

Collaborative Approach vs Blame & Shame            22:08

Creating sense of family and duty              23:20

Other 1st year achievements       24:20

Incremental change         25:11

Partnerships        25:43

Kids help phone 26:47

Mental health stigma in Black community              26:56

Access to opportunity – Ryerson                27:54

Biggest 1st year frustration           29:57

Change takes time           31:05

Getting it right    33:10

Advice for people who want to do something        33:29

Am I part of the problem?             34:19

Guilt and Shame for the privileged             39:57

Uncomfortable conversations are necessary         42:16

2nd thing people can do...             43:26

What are you going to do about it?           43:34

Takeaways          44:37

Thank you           47:29

Outro     48:31

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