Equius’ Erica Merritt On Companies Uncovering Hard Truths to Build Better Workplaces

Meet elephant tamer and entrepreneur Erica Merritt, the creative genius behind Equius Consulting Group. Equius uses organizational assessments, planning, design, facilitation, coaching, and training to teach companies to do the difficult ‘head and heart work’ of reforming their organizational culture. 
Erica jokingly calls herself an elephant tamer because she has a knack for getting people to dig into issues that would otherwise be ‘elephants in the room.’ For Equius’ corporate clients, those elephants are racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and other forms of systemic oppression that intersect to create a work environment inhospitable to equity. 
“In this kind of work, we need to be able to lay it all out on the table so that we can uncover the challenges and design solutions,” Merritt explained, citing the James Baldwin quote “Nothing can be changed until it is faced,” as the guiding ideology for her work. “If organizational leaders are unable to be candid about the chal...

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