Logically, you know certain things happen, racism, sexism, those sorts of things. You know they’re out there. But over time – and over exposure – you become desensitized to them. They may even stop being a daily pain point. Maybe your circumstances change, and you’re lucky enough to remove yourself from constant evidence of their … Continue reading Silicon Valley, You Are Officially On Notice
There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to admit when he or she is wrong. That goes for companies too. If you’re a leader in your industry, a household name, whatever, that does not make you perfect – that just makes you popular. Therefore, if you do something wrong, own up to it already. … Continue reading Google, Just Come Clean Already
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?
Okay, if you’ve ever felt guilty about having bias, don’t. Apparently, even computers have it. According to “Computers, Artificial Intelligence Show Bias and Prejudice, Too,” an NBC news article released a few days ago, it may not be programmers fault. “It may just be that the body of published material is based on millennia of biased thinking … Continue reading Everyone – Everything – Has Bias
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.
The need for speed in business does not excuse an organization from taking the time to create and execute a thoughtful, sincere and diversity-friendly talent strategy – not when your customers and employee base are potentially diverse. Ask Uber. The company is finding that out firsthand given the rash of problems the once exalted startup … Continue reading Uber: Beware Diversity Debt
So, about a month ago I blogged about the movie Hidden Figures. I’m still gratified at the amount of support the piece received, so I feel justified in revisiting this particular well for a different reason – whitewashing. Hollywood, rather the film industry in general, has always been a bit more advanced than corporate America … Continue reading Why Corporate America Could Use a White Savior
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you may want to wait to read this. Oh, heck. Read it anyway. It’s so good you may not mind a peek behind the curtain. I saw Hidden Figures last week. I expected it to be good, and it was. Taraji P. Henson (playing Katherine G. … Continue reading Is Your Workplace Hiding Talent?
Media can be tricky. Especially social media. One poorly written sentence, ill-timed tweet or poor photo choice, and you’ll end up with your corporate image in a sling. Ask cloud storage company Dropbox. They know. Poor Dropbox. When they released their diversity numbers earlier this week, they meant well, really they did. If only the … Continue reading Dropbox Learns – Painfully – One Twitter Snafu, and You’re Toast