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Tedi R. Parsons, President & CEO, The Professionals Forum LLC

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Tedi R. Parsons, President & CEO, The Professionals Forum LLC


Focusing on Mental Wellness in the Workplace

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The Art of Influencing Responsibly

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Biz Tips: The Journey for Gender Equality Continues

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Identifying the Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

We all have that one person at work who comes in every day with a different mask on, and we never know who or what to expect. These individuals are sometimes…

What Role Should HR Play in DEI?

Today’s human resources departments are busier than ever. They are responsible for hiring new team members, overseeing the employee lifecycle, administering …

Expanding Diversity Beyond the City Limits

Over the past year and a half, we have seen companies around the United States continue to enhance and grow their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, bu…

Cancel Culture: Are We Calling Out Instead of Calling In?

Over the past several months we have all heard the term “cancel culture” and have seen celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, J.K. Rowling and Piers …

Creating Welcoming and Affirming Communities

In the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, hears a voice whispering, “If you build it, they will come.” That sen…

Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is inescapable. Every business, from Fortune 500 companies to the mom-and-pop stores, experience some form of conflict in the workp…

Small Business — A Big Impact on Our Local Economy

With the pandemic still raging forward, now — more than ever before — we must support the small businesses and entrepreneurs that make up our communities. Ac…