Law Firm Diversity: What Can You Do About It?
During the summer of 2001, I was one of 50 law students chosen to work as a summer associate in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm. Coming from Indiana to the place commonly called “Chocolate City,” I expected to see a diverse class of summer associates. But as I looked around the room, I didn’t see any other African Americans and only a few other law students of color. This lack of diversity concerned me, so I boldly expressed my concerns during a training session. I distinctly remember pointing out the irony of a summer associate class ...
It’s Important Minority Owned Organizations – Leap Out of The Comfort Zone
Minority Owned organizations tend to wait on contracts, go after RFP's, and then wait for the results. These are barriers that can hold you back. How often have you listened as someone rationalized his or her mishandling of a business problem by externalizing its source: "I can't meet my projections because . . .," "They won't do business with a company of my size" or "the margins are too low"? Closer scrutiny almost always reveals the source of the problem to be internal, stemming from the persons concept of self - specifically, a state of mind that prevents him or her ...
There are many types of systems of thinking in today’s organizations, and as new generations start entering the market place, leaders need to be aware of the strategies they’ll need to succeed, especially when dealing with millennials (those born between 1980-2000) and their expectations of the work environment. According to Dr. Gareth R Jones, a professor of Management at Texas A&M, organizations have to stay abreast of change and innovation if they want to survive in this ever changing business world. Following is an introduction of the employee-driven paradigm, its relation to millenials, and how this new paradigm is going to ...
The African-American National Spelling Bee Championships
In front of a capacity crowd and local television cameras, the African-American National Spelling Bee Championships (AANSBC) were held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Heinen Theatre at Houston Community College, Central Campus. This is the 6th year of the event, which is held annually in the Houston area. The AANSBC began as a non-profit organization in 2010, with a mission to “train students in grades 6-8 in decoding and spelling techniques to enable them to expand their literacy skills and knowledge, improve language development and increase reading and writing levels.” The AANSBC is not affiliated with other regional or national ...
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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]
I took great interest in Toyota’s March announcement of Project BLAID. It is a wearable device being developed to assist the blind and visually impaired with greater independence and mobility. It will integrate cameras and communication via vibrations and sound to interact with and direct a blind or visually impaired person to more easily locate such things as escalators and restrooms. I am... [Read more]Read More Posts From This Category »