Linking Corporate Diversity Efforts to Community Engagement for Measurable Results

Posted on: July 7, 2018

Most leaders discover they must first travel their own diversity journey before they can develop anything beyond a superficial understanding of people different from themselves. While it’s easy to donate money, that’s just corporate philanthropy. It’s needed, but it doesn’t allow for much engagement with the community on a personal level, and donations can be…

Community Engagement Drives Business Results

Posted on: June 16, 2018

Companies have known for years that supporting community efforts can reflect positively on the organization. Our Trailblazers deemed this relationship critical to the success of diversity and inclusion within their businesses, as this involvement drives results in several ways. Being involved with the community leads to having a better representation of employees that reflect the…

What Would You do if…? Moving Diversity and Inclusion from Concept to Action

Posted on: June 4, 2018

Imagine that you’re a police officer and the newest member of your department is a practicing Black Muslim. What biases, stereotypes or assumptions might come up for some in your department? What would you do to enhance your knowledge about this person? This scenario was a focus of discussion during a recent workshop series I…

Creating a Climate of Inclusion: Whose Job Is It?

Posted on: May 25, 2018

    Who holds the responsibility of creating and sustaining a workplace that is diverse, respectful and inclusive within your organization? Everyone? Human Resources Director? Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)? No one? The HR department holds the responsibility in most organizations, even though within trailblazing businesses D&I is its own department with the CDO reporting directly…

#BlockBias – A Day without Coffee can be a Day to Block Bias

Posted on: May 21, 2018

Will you be part of the solution on May 29th? Are you willing to break the culture of silence?  While Starbucks closes its 8000 company-owned stores for an afternoon to conduct unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias) training for 175,000 employees, I invite you to break the culture of silence, by making time to…

Can We Value Differences When We Can’t Be Civil?

Posted on: May 18, 2018

I wrote the original version of this article in 2006. Unfortunately, it seems our society has become even more uncivil rather than more civil. Join me in being part of the change. Have you ever observed or been a part of the following scenarios? • You are seated at a busy upscale restaurant and the…

How Leaders Demonstrate their Support of Diversity and Inclusion to Accelerate Business Results

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Although diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics have been in place with some organizations for a long time, the question I am most frequently asked by diversity practitioners is, ” How can I help our leaders reflect their support of diversity and inclusion efforts?” At company conferences, articles in internal newsletters, and other communication methods…

Transgender-phobia in the workplace

Posted on: April 10, 2018

With the recent media and political attention focused on the transgender community, conversations have popped up in places of worship, sports bars, workplaces, universities school district offices, and beyond. All too often in these type conversations people are not looking for information in order to develop understanding, rather they are looking for opportunities to spread…