Simon Tam Keynote from Courageous Inclusion Conference 2017

My keynote speech for the 2017 Northwest Public Employees Conference, Courageous Inclusion, is available to watch on YouTube:

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Culturally Competent Communications

There's a growing trend in the intersection between diversity, equity, and inclusion work and marketing: culturally competent communications. I've even delivered a couple of workshops on the topic. It's related to other fields of cultural competence -  understanding and appropriately responding to the unique combination of cultural variables and the full range of dimensions of … Continue reading Culturally Competent Communications

TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife

What an incredible past 4 days! Things kicked off on Saturday night in Portland, OR, when my band (The Slants) debuted our new lead singer and shared the stage with Japanese pop punk legends, Shonen Knife. It was an incredible show - many local friends joined us at the show and gave Ken (our singer) … Continue reading TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife

Just Confirmed: TEDxUofW and the Business for Culture and the Arts

I'm excited to announce my appearance at my first TEDx event! Join me on Saturday, May 3 at the University of Washington campus for the TEDxUofW event this year. It's an incredible honor to be a part of this legacy event. Register here. I'll also be delivering a keynote at the Business for Culture and … Continue reading Just Confirmed: TEDxUofW and the Business for Culture and the Arts

Stanford University Recap

This past weekend, I lectured at Stanford University on the "Reclaiming of Words and Ideas." Reclaiming cultural icons, symbols, language, and ideas (otherwise known as reappropriation) has something that has been occurring through nearly every social strata of human history for thousands of years. In recent decades, social justice activists have been using this tactic … Continue reading Stanford University Recap

How to Reach Out to a Diverse Audience Without Being Offensive

In the world of marketing and communication, the words ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion,’ and ‘representation’ are often thrown around and emphasized but in a very superficial manner. Specialists will look at a catalog or commercial and suggest to include more people of color, nontraditional gender roles, or different body types. While all of these things are important, … Continue reading How to Reach Out to a Diverse Audience Without Being Offensive