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Lessons from Starbucks: Being a good corporate citizen can help weather the storm when controversy arises

Every day we continue to read about organizations whose actions appear to conflict with their pledged support of diversity and inclusion. In the case of Starbucks, this came in the form of video footage capturing the arrest of two African-American men in a Philadelphia location for failing to make a purchase as they waited for [...]

Closing the racial and gender parity gap: 5 trends funders and non-profits must know to maintain charitable giving momentum in 2018

For more than 25 years, I have actively involved in the fight for social justice and equity as a volunteer, funder and consultant. As I look back on what transpired over the past year, 2017 was like no other in my lifetime. I witnessed an alarming number of polarizing arguments on a broad swath of [...]

Five lessons non-profits can learn from corporations about winning the war for talent

It seems that every day there are media stories about challenges Silicon Valley continues to face regarding the diversity of their workforces.  While these technology CEOs have pledged to increase ethnic, racial and gender representation, data shows there has been little to no progress.   More troubling, the flood of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein [...]

Applying these five guiding principles to your corporate citizenship strategy helps attract/retain diverse talent and customers

Reputation matters when it comes to winning the war for diverse talent...especially in Silicon Valley.  Facing pressure from Jesse Jackson to increase ethnic and racial diversity in their workforces, technology firms have pledged they could and would do. Despite increased investment in training, diversity and inclusion (D&I) expertise and benefits, data released by Facebook, Apple [...]

Will the Uber Report serve as the tipping point for the diversity and inclusion business case?

Houston…Silicon Valley still has a diversity problem.  Last week Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to resign in response to mounting pressure from investors following an investigation into allegations of rampant sexual harassment at the technology juggernaut he founded. Faced with a public relations crisis and concerns from key investors, Uber’s board of directors engaged [...]

Understanding diversity and inclusion’s role in fueling workplace anxiety and five tips to mitigate its negative impact

In late March, I was one of more than 1,300 diversity and inclusion practitioners attending the 30th annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis, the largest gathering of its kind in the U.S.  Given the current climate of uncertainty since the election, I was particularly interested in the theme of the opening general session, Leading [...]

Transgender-inclusive policies are needed to compete for talent – but getting it right requires an understanding of this complex and sensitive issue

The Trump Administration recently decided to revoke the Obama Administration’s guidance detailing schools’ obligations to provide access to bathrooms for transgender students based on the gender they identify with vs. the gender at birth.  Their reasoning?  This is a decision best left up to each state, something that has already begun in the absence of [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Blog, LGBT in the workplace|0 Comments

Leadership Lessons on How to Reap the Benefits of Offering Paid Family Leave

This week, President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met at the White House with female business leaders from Accenture, General Electric, TransAlta Corp, General Motors and others to discuss the challenges facing women in the workplace.  At the event, the two world leaders announced they will launching a joint task force to “help [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Blog, Women in the workplace|0 Comments

Core Values and a Clear Diversity and Inclusion Vision Will Help Leaders Navigate Today’s Shifting Social and Political Environment

Over the last two weeks, the Trump Administration’s recently signed Executive Order that temporarily banned travel to the U.S. by people in seven countries in the Middle East presented real-time challenges for employers seeking answers to questions from anxious employees about how it impacts them. Most organizations quickly scrambled to develop courses of action [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Case Study: Strategy Optimization for Global Automaker

Situation: A global automaker recognized more and more companies were marketing their products to LGBT consumers - including some of their competitors. Research showed that the LGBT segment was highly sought after due to their higher discretionary income compared to the average household. They were also extremely brand loyal to businesses known for creating LGBT [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Case Studes|0 Comments