Last year I met a newcomer that is what “she described herself as” a white woman yet of Hispanic decent; when we first met I believe she had been in Northwest Arkansas less than six months – and – she was appalled, horrified, shocked, dismayed, stressed and outraged. I noticed it on twitter and reached out to her…
If you’re reading this – we (you and I) have more work to do in this community – our – Northwest Arkansas. There’s a lot to be done regarding Newcomer support in Northwest Arkansas!
Being from San Diego landing here in Northwest Arkansas was culture shock as she described it and as many describe it. The challenges had to do with overhearing many people speak in a derogatory way about her Hispanic culture – remember – she’s looks white and many spoke freely in her presence , other challenges included big trucks, rebel flags, terrible driving and traffic situations to mention a few.
I chose to spotlight her story at Newcomer Reception – in the raw. I was and am truly grateful she was willing to be so brave and again really vulnerable in a public venue like our Newcomer Receptions. Following her brave heartfelt share she handed back the microphone and my only words were…I’m so sorry this has happened to you here and that it has caused you to hurt. Then I turned to the audience and said, “When we know better – we can do better!”
Later that next week we met for coffee and let me say “being heard” is so incredibly powerful because she seemed softer and I encouraged her to seek and focus on things she loves here. Today she is a vibrant community leader and a loving, caring, beautiful woman, wife, bonus mom, friend, neighbor and professional – yes she got back to her true foundational core.
Together – we can do more. I don’t want to come across as NWA fairy Godmother or anything yet – the work we do at TalkoftheTownNWA.com is very important. Further we need your support to keep going, growing and making a difference.
I was inspired to write this today because yesterday I got off the phone after hearing the shared story of a beautiful black woman that has been here a year and found herself in tears at an offsite work meeting. She broke down and cried because she hasn’t been able to connect here in Northwest Arkansas.
Look for that article next (link at bottom of page) and learn more about what is possible if the Newcomer just knew we we’re available on such a personal level. Not everyone needs support – many do great. If you’re a newcomer and struggling pick up the phone and call us 479.633.GROW (4769) or attend a Newcomer Reception then we’ll have a tea or coffee later. A sit down visit (smile).
Please share both of these articles so businesses, services and HR departments can better understand the void we fill. We are able to make a huge difference in this community as connectors, consultants, coaches, mentors and more… Support, retention and connection is our amazing gift to this community by means of TalkoftheTownNWA.com and the work we do as a service and the individual attention and conversations we are willing to have with Newcomers is powerful in our growing region.
Day before yesterday I called a client who works for a prominent supplier in Northwest Arkansas. The conversation took a spin about a beautiful black woman struggling to get connected in Northwest Arkansas…click to read full story
With much gratitude,
Theresa | Chief Inspirational Office | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)