Alma Har’el’s ‘Free the Work’​ Makes It Easy to Find Diverse Talent in the Entertainment Industry

So, filmmaker Alma Har’el has created a new tool to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Free the Work is a searchable database for women and minority creatives, or what she calls “a sexy version of Spotify meets IMDb.” I like it for two reasons. One, it puts the onus firmly where it belongs – … Continue reading Alma Har’el’s ‘Free the Work’​ Makes It Easy to Find Diverse Talent in the Entertainment Industry

As Unemployment Disparities Continue Are There Signs of Hope? #race #economy #unemployment

The economic recovery is kind of like a national myth, best seen through fog and a rose-colored lens. Sometimes it’s there, others, not so much.  A recent Wall Street Journal blog post by Anna Louie Sussman said it well: “The recovery has been kind to those who invested in certain stocks or whose title begins with the word … Continue reading As Unemployment Disparities Continue Are There Signs of Hope? #race #economy #unemployment

Pinterest Pins Real Numbers on #Diversity #Hiring.

Lackluster diversity discussions in the tech industry are par for the course, unfortunately. Many of the big companies talk a reasonably good game — rather, they talk — but few have put real teeth behind their stated intentions. Pinterest, however, announced late last week exactly what it hopes to achieve in diversity for 2016. Women … Continue reading Pinterest Pins Real Numbers on #Diversity #Hiring.

Diversity at Google Off to a Good Start #diversity #technology

It’s been more than a year since Google published its diversity statistics, starting a trend amid the big Silicon Valley tech companies and confirming what women and minorities already knew: The industry is mostly populated by white and Asian men. Google

But, unlike some of the big name tech leaders, Google is doing something about it. According to Business Insider, today the company’s VP of people operations Nancy Lee published a blog post outlining the concrete ways the company has changed its numbers in the past year, and its plans for 2015.

Lee told USA Today Google spent $115 million on diversity initiatives in 2014, and plans to spend $150 million this year. According to Lee’s blog post, those efforts and resources will focus on four key areas: Continue reading “Diversity at Google Off to a Good Start #diversity #technology”

Big Girls Make Less Money #diversity #gender #obesity

You’d have to be an alien – a fresh off your intergalactic space ship alien – not to know that women all over the world make less money than men, on average. But did you know the more overweight a woman is the more likely she is to work a low paying job?weight-money

That’s the scoop according to a new study from Vanderbilt Law School. And, typically, the correlation between size and salary isn’t nearly as pronounced for overweight men. Sigh. Continue reading “Big Girls Make Less Money #diversity #gender #obesity”

Perception is the Devil; Women Penalized for Promoting Women @WSJ #diversity #inclusion

I’m convinced that perception is half the reason progress in diversity-related matters is yo-yo slow. How those in power look at you, their unspoken but powerful judgments, they’re like microinequities on steroids. Strong Female Bound

Even when you try to do something good, if you’re a minority, something bad will appear and follow you like a bad smell. Take Rachel Feintzeig’s recent piece “Women Penalized for Promoting Women, Study Finds” for instance.

In it Feintzeig talks about new research from the University of Colorado that found women and non-white executives who advocate for other minorities to be promoted or hired often get lower performance ratings than white males who do the same thing. Why? Perception. Continue reading “Perception is the Devil; Women Penalized for Promoting Women @WSJ #diversity #inclusion”