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What is #RootCauseRacism?

#RootCauseRacism is the international effort of thought leaders, organizations and the everyman coming together to discuss, develop, and implement solutions and bringing about real, sustainable change.

We're not out to recreate the wheel. Processes already exist to make change happen. We seek to identify the root of the problem, not just the symptoms, and address it.

As a practitioner of continuous improvement methodologies, and a fan of the Toyota Kata, I've been able to change my mindset, develop new habits, and establish different behaviors. This is what we need to address and stamp out rampant racism globally: a different way of thinking and something we can apply to our every day lives, both personally and professionally. This is how you create sustainable change.

In my post
One Small Thing: Sharing our Visions and Voices to #RootCauseRacism on Mark Graban's Lean Blog, I explain how this has touched me personally and how we as a global community of individuals and organizations can understand the challenges of this issue, and determine solutions to bring an end to social injustice and systematic racism. I found I wasn't alone in my thinking.


And a movement was born.

Deondra Wardelle


Taking the Steps

People want change but they don't know how to make it happen. This is where we help you come off of the sideline and discover meaningful ways that YOU can develop and execute a plan to address systemic racism within your circles of influence. 

It doesn't matter if you are a single individual, a group of friends, a small organization or big business. If you are motivated to perform anti-racist actions, we want to help you take that next step. 

Initial Step

I partnered with a team of other professionals who were committed to using continuous improvement methodologies to offer S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) countermeasures.


Our intent was to craft measures that address the root causes of institutional racism in various areas, including Community Involvement, Business, Education, Healthcare, Government, and the Arts.

Next Steps

If you're looking to take next steps that are designed specifically for you or your organization, then let's talk.


Together, we can develop measures that take your time, resources, and your circle of influence into consideration.

Ultimately, my goal is to help you discover how #RootCauseRacism can bring about real, sustainable change to your organization.

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