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
I once read a romance novel where the hero had been made a fool of in his youth. It’s a common enough romantic trope, but in this particular novel his father tried to warn him. His father was wealthy, but he’d come up rough and made all his money through his own clever hard work. … Continue reading Omarosa: A Player, or She Who Gets Played?
My biggest beef with diversity in the workplace is that people say things they don’t mean. They do things for effect, because they think they should, or because they feel pressure to act and appear a certain way. But at the end of the day, if you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it’s not … Continue reading Wait, I Thought It Was Okay to Work from Home
Deloitte employees who are currently participating in any of its workplace affinity groups will need to make other plans. The company plans to phase out the groups – also known as employee resource groups – many in the next 18 months. Instead, employees will be able to join inclusion councils. In these “white men hold … Continue reading Deloitte Says to Promote Inclusion It will Dismantle Its ERGs
What the h – e – double hockey sticks, right? Why on earth would I promote the idea that diversity should be selfish? What about inclusion? Unity? Collaboration? Equality? Well, it all depends on who’s being selfish and why. Earlier this month I ran into this article on Forbes.com. In it staffer Katheryn Thayer detailed … Continue reading Diversity Should Be Selfish.
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
Last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson addressed some 1,700 ERG members about race. Not about business and race or the future or new products and services in a racial context – he spoke candidly about race, period. He began by addressing the latest news from Dallas, Charlotte, police and black men killed – you’ve likely … Continue reading AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is a Boss
Earlier this week, I spoke with a young techie. She’s created her own diversity app, and she wanted some media advice on how to publicize it as she preps for a formal launch. I happily shared what I know, but then the conversation stretched into some interesting areas. I asked had she always had an … Continue reading Behind Closed Interview Doors
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”