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02
Apr

Diversity Means Everyone

When you hear the word “diversity,” what are some images that come to mind? Odds are pretty high you are imagining a person of color, perhaps a woman of color. You may be visualizing a person who dresses different, whose gender is not immediately apparent. Or you may be picturing a person in a wheelchair....
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04
Feb

Gender Inclusivity in the Workplace

When we hear the phrase “gender inclusivity in the workplace,” many of us think the term “gender inclusivity” has to do primarily with recruiting women to the workforce, getting more women in senior level management positions, preventing workplace sexual harassment against women, etc. And all of those aspects of work life definitely do contribute to...
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17
Dec

Moving Into the Unknown

It is a basic human tendency to be attracted to people, places, and things that are more familiar to us. It goes back to the days when we were both predators and prey, and it was always safer to remain in what was known than to tempt fate with the unknown. It can be difficult...
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19
Nov

The Importance of an Inclusive Company Environment

We have all heard the statistics saying that companies who are taking steps to actively recruit and hire a diverse workforce tend to perform better than companies who do not. And it makes sense if you take the time to think about it: organizations that make it a top priority to draw in talent that...
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22
Oct

Focus on Diversity & Inclusion to Improve Your Top and Bottom Lines

We all know diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in business today. To be honest, we all know diversity and inclusion is a hot topic everywhere today – discussions of identity have been dominating political discourse, higher education systems have been shifting to accommodate students from diverse backgrounds, and our society as a whole...
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17
Sep

Accountability: A Crucial Attribute for Today’s Diverse Workplaces

There are many reasons why having a diverse workforce is a positive attribute for any company looking to get ahead or stand out in today’s market. But while there is a lot of discussion about how to recruit female employees, employees of color, employees who identify as LGBTQ, employees born outside of the United States,...
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04
Sep

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th, 2018 officially kicks off this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, which will run until October 15th, 2018. Hispanic employees (who may also self-identify as Latin, Latina, Latino, Latinx, brown, or simply as their ethnic heritage, i.e., Colombian American) continue to be undervalued in today’s workforce. Although our country is currently enjoying the lowest unemployment...
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21
Aug

Role of Women in Corporate Culture: The Importance of Retention

In today’s “Me Too” age, the role of women in the workplace is being discussed in ways never before visited in today’s corporate culture. There have been conversations around whether or not hiring women could become a liability, and questions about what the new “rules” are when it comes to men interacting with women in...
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05
Aug

Millennials in the Workplace: Diversity Programming is the Missing Element

You’ve probably seen all the blog posts, read all the articles, and watched all the presentations you could ever want to see by now on the subject of millennials taking over the workplace. Yes, they are digital natives, and can use their phones to pay for things while you’re still figuring out texting. Yes, their...
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22
Jul

Cultural Change Over One-Day Trainings: The Need for Companies to Integrate Diversity and Inclusion Programs

In April 2018, two Black men entered a Starbucks store in Philadelphia, PA. They sat down without ordering anything, as dozens of their White counterparts had done before them. The difference: two Black men sitting in a Starbucks store unnerved the store’s employees so much that they called the police on the two men, who...
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06
Jul

We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Over It

Three years have passed since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges that declared marriage a fundamental right guaranteed to all couples, regardless of their sex. The opinion set off what was possibly the most ecstatic Pride month on record (Pride, a celebration of LGBTQ people and culture, has historically been celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969...
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19
Feb

How Our Customers Celebrated Black History Month

In order to highlight Black History Month we wanted to asked our customers to share what their organizations will be doing this month to highlight the contributions of the African-American community to their organization. The impressive array of programs includes events such as panel discussions with internal and external leadership, employee outings to cultural events,...
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29
Dec

Leverage ERGs to enhance Employee Onboarding

We’ve been approached by several of our existing customers asking for council on how to leverage their ERGs to enhance their on-boarding process. We wanted to take a moment to collect and highlight some best practices that we’ve seen deployed. Send out ERG marketing material prior to official an employee’s orientation Provide newly hired candidates...
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14
Dec

You can only manage what you measure; Why we need D&I Technology

While Diversity & Inclusion has become a hot button issue across corporate America, companies are still trying to figure out how to effectively manage programs let alone measure them against key performance indicators. This brings the need for D&I technology to the forefront. Diversity & Inclusion professionals need to have the same arsenal of technology...
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16
Nov

What’s the value of Diversity to my business?

Diversity & Inclusion has certainly become a hot topic among most major companies in the recent times and it is certainly getting a lot of attention, but does everyone truly understand the value diversity brings to one’s organization, culture, and the core business?  One of the most common misunderstandings of today’s age is that when...
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10
Nov

Re-think the Diversity & Inclusion Survey

Companies have always wanted to track the current state of Diversity & Inclusion in their organization and one way they capture this data is via a yearly inclusion survey. This survey would have anywhere from 25-100 questions and require employees to spend a significant portion of their time filling it out. Because of the large...
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03
Nov

The rise of the Chief Diversity Officer

Diversity & Inclusion has become a hot topic and it’s hard to go a day without reading a headline regarding Diversity & Inclusion in corporate America. However, roughly only 20% of the Fortune 1000 have hired a Chief Diversity Officer. Now given that only a decade ago the role was a rarity, 20% is progress....
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27
Oct

How to make ERGs a business driver

ERGs are prominent in most Fortune 500 companies. They are publicly promoted on a company’s website as a means to show case a diverse and inclusive culture. However, we’ve often seen the orchestration and execution of ERGs become a administrative burden and thus reduce the overall impact they can have for a company. To get the...
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