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Dianne Floyd Sutton aka Lady Di Practices What She Preaches


Full Disclosure:  Dianne Floyd Sutton is one of my mentors and I consider her a friend.  She is a savvy “give it to you straight with no chaser” human resources expert turned author.  Her book “Workplace Savvy,” provides practical applications and strategies for navigating your career in the workplace. Things that baby boomers were taught are no longer part of today’s workplace.  Dianne Sutton provides worksheets to back up her years of advice.  This book is the equivalent to a “workplace bible” and it’s not just for young people.  Older workers can benefit from this wonderful resource guide that provides a framework for employees to understanding and be successful in the current and future workplace environment.

Gary Johnson, Founder & Publisher – Black Men In

Lady Di practices what she preaches.

You got to give back. 

Do not tell everyone what you cannot do; find something you can do.

My sister and I were talking about the many protest marches we participated in in Washington, DC.  We marched.   We had to laugh because I said I could not step any more due to arthritis.  I could not run from the police, a rubber bullet, nor pepper spray. 

But I wanted to learn and help in any way I could.  So, I decided to work as a poll manager in SC where I live.  Poll managers help people to vote at the polls for an election.  I even get paid.  Payment amounts to approximately $9 an hour.  Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7 pm.  and that does not include set up and verification of equipment, etc.  After 12 hours you are a very tired puppy!

Since I am always posting VOTE on social media, I thought I should share some insights and make a few suggestions to make your vote count.

  1. Make sure you know where you should vote. 
  1. Have proper picture identification. You have until November to do so.   In the state of SC you may use the following, please note all require the individual’s picture
  • Passport
  • State Driver’s License
  • Non-driver state ID
  • ID to carry a firearm
  • Veteran Administration ID
  • Voter ID

Please check the requirements for your state because they will vary. 

  1. Make sure the address on the picture ID matches the voter registration rolls. So, if you move, make sure your address is correct.  You can email for a voter’s registration change of address form,or, depending on the state, change it online.
  2. Understand if you do not have proper ID may not be able to vote. Many states offer a  provisional vote, a substitute ballot which must be reviewed after the election, which means your vote may not count. 
  3. Make sure you understand what method of voting is being used, i.e., paper or machine voting.
  4. Identify the people running in local elections. Who else outside of the national election is running? 
  5. Ask for help if you need it, but no one should be around when you vote.
  6. Vote as early as you can to avoid long lines.
  7. If you have a mail-in vote, please mail it in ahead of the election. You cannot turn it in at the polls.

And again, vote as if your life depends on it.  I know I will. 

About Dianne Floyd Sutton aka Lady Di

 Dianne Floyd Sutton is President of Sutton Enterprises.  She’s also an author, trainer, educator, facilitator, expert witness, coach and actor. She has over twenty years of combined experience in Human Resource Development (HRD) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training as well as business experience as Sutton Enterprises. Ms. Sutton started her career as a recreation leader for the city of St. Louis, Missouri while earning her undergraduate degree. She was a mathematics instructor in the St. Louis, Missouri Public School System while attending graduate school at Washington University. Before founding Sutton Enterprises in 1987, she held a variety of positions at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in training and employee development. Lady Di is also the author of Workplace Etiquette: A Guide to Thriving and Surviving in Today’s Workplace, a book that examines the written and unwritten rules of etiquette in career development.
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