Rebekah Ratliff: inspiring an end the crab in a barrel syndrome

In this climate of heightened awareness around the need for diverse perspectives and equitable inclusion, individuals must be intentional about making an impact. Listen to a candid conversation between friends as Ramona chats with Rebekah Ratliff about the need for individuals to be supportive colleagues and not malicious crabs. The crabs in the barrel syndrome is destructive and has detrimental consequences. Rebekah contends that individuals and communities must be intentional about ending this harmful practice if we are going to move forward individually and collectively. Rebekah is an international mediator and arbitrator with the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS), the first African American non-lawyer ever to be invited to the JAMS panel of neutrals. She provides dispute resolution services in the U.S., London and Caribbean. A native of Chicago, Rebekah currently lives in Atlanta.



  • Rebekah’s professional trajectory into becoming an international mediator and arbitrator
  • Crabs in a basket syndrome
  • Ways to replace the crabs in the basket syndrome with more affirming behaviors
  • Importance of sowing seeds generously (in service) to reap generously
  • Taking risks
  • Racism
  • Simple analogy to understand Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B)
  • HBCU I.M.P.A.C.T. ®

Rebekah Ratliff

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