As organizational development professionals, we understand the challenge and opportunities for organizations. In our experience, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) needs to be much more than an initiative. It needs to be ‘the way we do things around here.’ Fostering a culture of D&I requires respect and trust, and it must be embedded into the mindset of the workforce. Leadership must also support D&I although, invariably, the most open minds can be found at the bottom: millennials. Millennials grew up with people of color. They went to playgroups together, attended school together, and seem to appreciate the differences and perhaps, as some argue, ...
Corporate Activism in Support of Diversity
In March, North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, signed House Bill 2 (HB2), also known as North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law, into law. The new, state law establishes a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance that explicitly preempts any local nondiscrimination measures and, thereby, limits protected classes in North Carolina to race, religion, color, national origin and biological sex. Thus, the statute prevents cities from passing ordinances that include sexual orientation and gender identity protections. The statute is also known as the “Bathroom Bill” because it mandates public schools and agencies to require single-sex bathroom utilization based on “biological sex,” the gender designated on the ...
Houston Lemonade Day
Thousands of young Houstonians from various socioeconomic backgrounds learned how to set goals, work hard, and achieve their business dreams at this year’s Houston Lemonade Day, held on Saturday, May 1, 2016. The event, founded by Michael Holthouse in the Houston area in 2007, is now held annually on the first Sunday in May in cities across the United States and the world. The primary objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youngsters ages 3-17 to take ownership of their futures. According to the organization’s website, Lemonade Day is an experiential learning opportunity that helps students to develop their entrepreneurial skills ...
"Forty percent of today's businesses will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years." John Chambers, Cisco's recently retired CEO, announced this at a recent conference here in San Diego. He may be right. More large businesses are failing to thrive. Their leaders stifle positive innovation and drive value-destroying negative innovation because of their hard power mindsets. In our new world of unexpected technologies and unseen competitors a new mind of successful business leadership is coming from a new source--- women. This is why: There are three basic paradigms of leadership power: Hard Power, which is the willful drive to get ...
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, graduate enrollment for racial and ethnic minorities is increasing. A propitious approach in continuing to increase the level of diversity among graduate schools is the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium comprises several... [Read more]
Last spring, Starbucks launched a controversial campaign called Race Together, encouraging baristas in its chain stores to write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups to encourage dialogue about race. Swift criticism of the campaign included the belief that it was a marketing ploy, a poorly planned effort with good intentions, and the accusation that Starbucks was being hypocritical given... [Read more]
I remember the first time I saw those boxes. It was in the fifth grade, the first time I had to take a standardized testing exam. The usual blanks were there for me to fill: my name, the date, my grade and my school. But below the customary lay the unfamiliar: a heading titled “Racial/Ethnic Category,” and under it, the five racial and one ethnic categories in the United States, as defined by the... [Read more]
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Today’s executives are being asked to communicate their organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy to more diverse audiences and in a variety of cultural settings. The key to success is a well briefed executive who is comfortable with the content, understands the business relevance of diversity and inclusion, and believes that... [Read more]Read More Posts From This Category »