I create a lot of content in my work. That content is used for different media, platforms and purposes, whether they’re written, spoken or visual. However, no matter what form that content ultimately takes, it’s successful reception usually comes down to two things: how I deliver a message and who I’m delivering it to, or, … Continue reading How Does Your Company Handle Reports of Employee Harassment?
One of the common critiques against efforts to advance workplace diversity is that deliberate manipulation of talent management processes to increase numbers based on race, gender, etc. doesn’t always promote worthy candidates. Instead, diversity critics say the people who are pushed forward for positions are often ill qualified and undeserving. These critics believe that promotions … Continue reading Potential, the Unsung Talent Promotion Criteria that Could
For the past few years I’ve kicked around possible answers to a very personal question: What’s worse, being black or being a woman? The answer? Being a woman. Race is not a small issue by any means. But since most white people aren’t secretly white nationalists, you can win them over even if they have … Continue reading What’s Worse, Being Black or Being a Woman?
I walked past the new Apple store yesterday. It’s beautiful, a rather old-fashioned front but glass everywhere looking out over the Chicago River. It was a pleasure to see since for months all we saw was this clunky barricade. There was writing on the barricade, some long, inspiring quote that I can’t quite recall. Something … Continue reading Is Denise Young Smith Ready to Handle Diversity at Apple?
I’m a sucker for packaging. It’s probably because I’m in the media and headlines are my business. I live for messaging that hooks and reels you in like a caught fish. The right word combo – you’ve got all my attention. For instance, I ran across The Only Way to Beat Unconscious Biases in the … Continue reading Are You Using the Diversity Leaders in Your Organization?
I do not like stereotypes. They’re simplistic and occasionally – maybe more than occasionally – stupid. And while there is some truth to them – in the same way people who share an astrological sign also share some personality traits – large group assumptions are so easy to disprove it’s ridiculous. There’s always one or … Continue reading Millennials Dig Diversity
So this week everyone’s talking about pussy grabbing. I’m not being vulgar, that literally is what everyone’s talking about thanks to Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. By now you’ve probably heard snippets from the recording released last Friday of Trump boasting to now suspended Today Show host Billy Bush how fame meant he could do anything … Continue reading Dude, Don’t Grab the Pussy – Especially Not at Work
A very interesting article crossed my desk this week. It detailed an incident involving Sherman Alexie – American poet, writer and filmmaker and guest editor of 2015’s Best American Poetry – and his personal and professional issues with bias over a particular poem. Continue reading “What’s in a Name? A Lot”
Today is an important, some might even say historic, day. I just left one of my direct reports literally dancing in the aisle by her desk over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide. In the face of her enthusiasm, I had to examine my own reaction to the news. … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal #LoveWins #LGBT