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New book from two local authors aims to help people overcome unconscious biases

“We’re all biased–even nice people like you,” says Tiffany Jana, co-author of “Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences.”

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Collaboration is nothing new for Richmonders Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman. The two are married and founded local business TMI Consulting together. Now they have written a book together—”Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences.”

“We’re all biased–even nice people like you,” Jana, CEO and president of TMI said. “It’s how we’re wired. As humans we have a tendency to prefer some things and people more than others. We use it without thinking when making rapid choices every day.”

“The problems can start when we encounter people who are different from us and our reaction is to mistrust or fear them–without actually knowing them at all,” said Freeman, TMI’s principal consultant. “That’s challenging when we want or need to build relationships with people from different walks of life. We push people away if we let our thoughtless biases rule us.”

41brnqlv4ul-_sx322_bo1204203200_Jana and Freeman offer solutions, tools, and stories based on their careers as global diversity and inclusion strategy consultants. These include personal stories. As a biracial couple, they live and breathe diversity and are conspicuously joyous about the life they share.

“We wrote this book because in our work as management consultants, we are constantly faced with challenges that emerge as a result of unchecked bias,” said Jana. “There is no need to wait until employees start looking for work elsewhere or worse, until someone sues you or your company.”

“We also wrote it for people who want to understand unconscious bias better and take action to help themselves or other people around them,” Freeman continued. “The book can provide you with skills you, your friends and family or your teams need to work together.”

Both authors are hosting a book signing and launch party on Thursday, November 10th at Chop Suey Books, located at 2913 W. Cary Street. The event runs from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Learn more and RSVP here. You can pre-order the book here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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MEDARVA Foundation opens interactive medical science learning space at Short Pump Town Center

The center, open through the end of August, will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

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The MEDARVA Foundation has opened Surgeon Immersion, an experiential center at Short Pump Town Center, during the month of August. Admission-free, the center will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

“We are excited to celebrate MEDARVA Healthcare’s 70th anniversary by bringing our mission directly to the community,” said Joanne Whiley, chair of MEDARVA Healthcare’s Board of Directors. “We were well known as the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital for our first fifty years. This is a great opportunity to educate the community on the ways we have evolved since and how we provide service today.”

MEDARVA Healthcare is the last Richmond-based, independent, non-profit health system, operating MEDARVA Surgery Centers at Stony Point and West Creek, MEDARVA Imaging Center, MEDARVA Low Vision Center, and the MEDARVA Foundation.

“The MEDARVA Foundation has been quietly funding medical research at VCU Medical School and UVA Medical School, among others, as well as supporting other local nonprofits that provide direct care to the medically underserved,” explained Cheryl Jarvis, chair of the MEDARVA Foundation Board of Directors.  “But during the pandemic, we started to see the need to support younger scientific researchers as they first start out in middle and high school.  The level of work these students are performing is amazing, and when we started to think about how we could highlight them and inspire others, we developed the idea of a community space that would engage and educate.”

MEDARVA Foundation’s Surgeon Immersion will be open every day in August from Short Pump Town Center’s opening until 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays) and includes a state-of-the-art digital cadaver table, and simulated surgery kiosks, 2022 Science Fair winning projects, children vision screenings, and more.

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PHOTOS: Local collective launches handmade, curated wedding concept featuring 20 local female artisans

The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards.

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On the list of things that spark universal joy, a wedding is unparalleled. Weddings are a time for magic. They are as unique and personal as the happy couple. Pop of Confetti wants to help brides celebrate the magic of the moment with the ultimate bridal experience. That’s why year-round artisan market Pop of Confetti has released its own bridal collection called “Pop Bride.”

The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards. The brand’s new integrated wedding concept will be shoppable in-store and online.

“No matter where brides are getting hitched or throwing a bachelorette, they can infuse local love into their celebrations,” said Pop of Confetti owner Allison Smith-Mackey, MBA. “I’m really excited to help brides live out their big, bold wedding dreams with custom elements from our creative community of local artisans.”

The Pop Bride collection also includes a curated collection of bridal clutches, bridal party Straws, bridal party earrings, disco ball cups, and more. Additionally, brides can unlock exclusive wedding offers with local businesses: Cirrus Vodka, JC Desserts, nudeFX spray tanning, Chelsea Schmidt Photography, DJ Anthony Bryan, Boka Tako, Richmond Flower Truck, and Society 11:11 hair and makeup.

When a bride or a loved one signs up for the Pop Bride email list, they will receive special discount codes. Brides can also host bridal showers and bachelorette parties in-store at 3422 West Cary Street, complete with cupcakes, champagne, and shopping deals. Pop of Confetti is a photo and event destination all its own complete with a confetti bar, a rainbow staircase, and a photo wall decked out in shimmering colorful tulle, all created by owner Smith-Mackey.

“Inviting local business partners and friends helps us fulfill our greater goal of uplifting the community,” Smith-Mackey says. “It’s a bonus that it will make things more streamlined for our Pop Brides.”

Smith-Mackey is the bright personality who founded the Pop of Confetti brand. She is an artist with a mission to uplift other artists and small business owners, honored with a recent “Rising Star” award by Richmond Region Tourism. Pop of Confetti has long-term partnerships with nonprofits Celebrate RVA and Girls for A Change. Both Richmond-based nonprofits receive 5% of all online purchases made with Pop. Additionally, Pop of Confetti customers can add $1 to their carts to support either or both nonprofits. Pop’s nonprofit partners benefit from additional fundraising opportunities through its curated events.

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Majority of employers experiencing negative impact due to inflation, according To latest Virginia CEO survey

CEOs expect sales and employment to increase some, but capital spending to remain flat over the next six months.

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Eighty-four percent of CEOs are experiencing a negative impact on their business due to inflation. In addition to the current impact of inflation, 55% expect inflation to continue to rise above current levels over the next six months. That’s the latest from the quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Survey conducted by the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business and the Virginia Council of CEOs.

“The survey results suggest that CEOs have felt a considerable negative impact from inflationary pressures and, as a result, are less optimistic overall about the next six months,” said Rich Boulger, associate dean at the Robins School, who administers the survey and collects the responses.

“It is no surprise that inflation is hurting small businesses,” said Scot McRoberts, executive director of VACEOs. “The entrepreneurs I work with continue to adapt to challenging conditions, but I have seen their optimism dim in recent months.”

Fifty-nine percent of CEOs expect sales to increase, with 28% expecting at least a 10% increase, while 52% expect employment to increase over the next six months.

The survey found expectations over the next six months for sales and employment were both positive, although expectations were down compared with the end of Q1 2022.

More than half (59%) of CEOs indicated that they expect sales to increase over the next six months.

  • 6% expected sales to be “significantly higher.”
  • 53% expected sales to be “higher.”
  • 13% expected sales to be “lower.”
  • 28% indicated they expected no change.

Thirty-one percent of CEOs expect capital spending to increase over the next six months (similar to last quarter), while 25% expect capital spending to decrease. More than 43% expect capital spending to remain flat.

Fifty-two percent of respondent CEOs expect employment to increase over the next six months. Additionally, 38% expect employment to remain flat while only 11% expect employment to fall.

Taken as a whole, the results pertaining to sales, capital spending, and employment are less positive than in the first quarter of 2022 with the overall Economic Outlook Index decreasing (81.3 versus 98.1) relative to the results from the end of Q1 2022.

Additionally, CEOs were again asked if the war in Ukraine and other world events have resulted in supply chain interruptions, which negatively impacted their business. They reported the following impact on their business:

  • No impact: 33%
  • A minor negative impact: 43%
  • A significant negative impact: 24%

For additional information about the CEO Economic Outlook Survey and a specific breakdown of the data, click here.

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