by oneTILT Senior Director, Anya Leist

In my work as a DEI practitioner, I feel like the question, “What do you need?” comes up a lot, both amongst me and my teammates and with the people who we partner with every day. We focus on relationship building, sharing stories with vulnerability and listening with empathy, bravely leaning into new learning, and doing our best to embrace the non-closure that is so often in tow. …


by oneTILT co-founder, Andrew Daub

Headed south on I-77. Queen City and her signature sunkissed crowned skyscraper cresting at the horizon as the highway veers up. My mom — trying to squeeze more hours into the day as she shuttles from work to school to now back into the city — hands me her purse for tonight’s Nutcracker performance at the Charlotte Ballet. I scoot my pants off, slip my tights on, pull out my stage makeup, and rummage through my mom’s purse for her lipstick. Squinting in the sunlight, I pull down the passenger’s mirror. A coat of foundation…


By Uzma Chowdhury

Note: This is Part 2 of Uzma’s The Silence Between: an Asian-American in an Anti-Black World

Around this time last year, I was thinking about Ahmaud Arbery, being an Asian-American, and struggling with my own identity — being silent about it, or others’ silence about it.

I published that piece 10 days before the murder of George Floyd. I had no idea then, what the world would become. In a few months, I would be protesting police brutality in front of the White House. Soon the former President’s hateful words would play a role in sparking a…


By Kennette Banks, Chief Impact Officer, oneTILT

From the cover of Resmaa Menakem’s “My Grandmother’s Hands”

I’ve never thought about breath as much as I have in the past year. Unless I was meditating or finishing a workout, breathing wasn’t something I actively thought about. It just happened. My body did it without me having to think about it. It was something that I took completely for granted.

What a difference a year makes.

Breath serves us in many ways and can signal a number of things at any given time. It is how oxygen gets into our bodies to support our muscles, brain function, and vital organs; it’s…


By Uzma Chowdhury, Director, oneTILT

The author.

I can’t swim. I know. It’s bad. It’s an important life skill for non-drowning purposes and leisure. But I can’t. I love to look at the water, wade in it safely, sit on the shore, but I’ve always preferred the solid ground of a mountain summit. I’ve always loved being held.

Lately, that feeling of being held feels less and less possible as the terrifying and racist murders of Asian women in my hometown of Atlanta still haunt me, as well as the mass shooting in Boulder, a city I once lived near and called…


By Nikki Devonee Alston, Chief Program Officer, oneTILT

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

The month of February has always ushered in a season of reflection and celebration for me. It’s the time we set aside to honor the past and dream of possibilities (via Black History & Futures Month). I celebrate my birthday on the 15th, which coincides with National Black Girl Magic Day, something I consider to be a lovely coincidence!

And, as someone who missed being born on Valentine’s Day by…


By Kimberly Diaz, CEO, oneTILT

The words “DO BETTER” on top of a colorful background with oneTILT’s logo
The words “DO BETTER” on top of a colorful background with oneTILT’s logo

From Twitter to Instagram, my feed is flooded by memes and graphics about how January must just be an extension of 2020, culminating in the insurrection on our capital by domestic terrorists.

And while I’ve laughed at dumpster fire meme after dumpster fire meme, the truth is that 2021 and 2020 are just heightened examples of what America has always been.

For me, it’s therapeutic to laugh at these memes and write off 2020 — maybe even January 2021 — as something to get over. But I can’t lose sight of one simple fact: since…


By KT Tedesco, Senior Director, oneTILT

The author, KT Tedesco.

“The days that I feel most beautiful are the days that I am most afraid.” Alok Vaid-Menons words wash over me, saturate the pores in my skin, and sit heavy like bricks in my chest every time I read them. I remember exactly where I was the first time I read Alok’s recent book, Beyond The Gender Binary; it was a hazy August afternoon in my small one-bedroom apartment in Philadelphia and like millions of others this year, I was feeling the weighty dissonance of yet another day in isolation during a global pandemic…


By Anya Leist, Senior Director, oneTILT

The Author, Anya, and her family

This month I’ve found myself thinking about gratitude and what it really means. Gratitude can’t exist in isolation as it is something one can experience and express. In order to practice or experience gratitude, one has to be on the receiving end of something: a blessing in your life, a gift from a loved one, kindness from a stranger.

It’s been challenging for me to consistently dedicate my attention to the practice of gratitude these days, and it’s not hard for me to understand why that’s been the case. See: perpetuated violence and oppression…


The Author, Uzma Chowdhury

I have always loved October. Sign me up for a dreamy burnt orange color palette and a good time that luxuriates in the spooky, the otherworldly, the mystery of the universe, the realms in between. Sign me up for the smoldering debut of Scorpio season with her reminders to be passionate, persistent, and loyal, and, of course, for the most delicious holiday of all — Halloween. October also holds a special place in my heart for remembering how to be a human. …

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