What makes someone actually get brave enough to rant about something?
And if the ‘something’ you’re ranting about is the approach to diversity in the workplace, does it get even more loaded as a subject?
Nita Tandon, Founder of Dalcini Stainless, award-winning sustainable housewares, is here for the inaugural issue of ‘Founders Rant’. What keeps her up at night is the one-dimensional approach to diversity.
Does the media equate ‘diversity’ with color?
Are employers, in an attempt to “do good”, hoping to just hire BIPOC, pat themselves on the back and say they are a “diverse and inclusive” employer?
What made Nita say, “Okay, this is a rant, and I want to tell you about it.”
When you encounter racism or racist microaggressions, you know it clearly. When you are denied something, because of your colour, or because of your gender, you know that it’s because of those things! So when someone tells you, ‘No, you’re just seeing it wrong’, it’s frustrating.
(🛑 psst: At the risk of calling it out brutally, if you tell me that I’m not feeling what I’m feeling, that’s what you call gaslighting.)
Here’s a fun look into the mind of a social impact founder
Who is your inspiration and why?
Sidney Poitier (may he rest in peace), because of the way he conducted his life and the way he changed things for so many people that followed him. He’s someone who took every role knowing that it was for the greater good, and they were always roles that elevated Black men. I think there’s so much value to doing that and changing the narrative.
How do you start your day?
I wish I could tell you that I wake up early and read books. In reality, I get up and have a cup of coffee while everyone else is asleep and text my mom friends because I know they’re awake too.