Freakout at General Mills

To adapt a couple of lines from the classic ’60’s song: Freakout strikes deep/Into your life it will creep…especially if you’re subject to the war waged by other means inside one of the multifarious institutions subservient to the reigning shibboleths and clichés that dictate so much of the way we live now.

From deep inside the bowels of Fortune 500 America a reader forwards this invitation from the Vice President for Global Inclusion & Staffing over at General Mills corporate headquarters in Minneapolis (contact information omitted). What kind of Global Inclusion is it that leaves you out? This kind:

From: Isabel Gonzalez On Behalf Of Kenneth Charles
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:08 AM
Subject: You’re invited to the Exchange – Today 4:00 to 6:00

To our Employee Network & WIL members,

In the spirit of Courageous Conversations, I wanted to acknowledge that this week has been an emotional one for many in our GMI family.

The divisiveness of our election has left us with many questions and no easy answers. I’ve come to appreciate that sometimes it just helps to get together with our GMI community and share what’s on our minds.

I’m hoping you’ll accept this invitation to join me in the cafeteria tomorrow at The Exchange to simply connect and engage. No agenda, no discussion topics – just fellowship.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Ken Charles | General Mills, Inc.

Vice President – Global Inclusion & Staffing

Dear readers, don’t forget to “celebrate diversity” when you join the stampede in progress and don’t forget that Courageous Conversation is a term of art. It therefore must be capitalized so that we know you’re not just talking about plain old courageous conversation.

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