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 [...]

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 [...]