Accelerating Innovation through Strategic Diversity Management

By David L. Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health Organizations are recognizing the importance of strategic diversity management more than ever before, because research is showing that companies with the ability to attract and engage a highly diverse workforce see higher levels of innovation and improved financial performance than their… Read the full article

The Mother Bias: A Reality for Many Women Who Work and Have Children

By Crystal M. Brown, Communications Strategist and Advisor During my second pregnancy, a colleague asked if I was planning to exit the workforce and stay home with my young children. When I answered no, he said I was “totally clueless or going to be a really bad mother,” and that “strangers are raising your children.”… Read the full article

The Inclusion Habit

By Amanda J Felkey, PhD This evidence-based solution transfers inclusion work to the individual, and focuses on changing behaviors and habits. The program is designed to help individuals be proactive in making their behavior more inclusive through six habit-building phases—embracing that inclusion matters, understanding biases and their sources, dispersing the negativity associated with unconscious biases,… Read the full article

MicroDeceptions & the Halo Effect

By Stephen Young and Barbara Hockfield In the world of diversity and inclusion there are the good, the bad, and the invisible. More often, the good and the bad are easily observable and managed. The invisible behaviors tend to not present themselves in such clear and tangible form. Exposure to these, like invisible radiation, can… Read the full article

6 Make or Break DEI Decisions

By Janet and Gary Smith, Ivy Planning Group Perhaps your organization is new to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) or simply wants to re-energize its DEI efforts. Here are 6 Make or Break DEI Decisions you’ll need to get right: 1. Who leads the effort? It’s a difficult job that requires exceptional talent. Do you… Read the full article

A Fresh Cup of Tea: What the Nutcracker Can Teach Us about Inclusion

By Phil Chan, cofounder of Final Bow for Yellowface Archival photos courtesy of Ballet West It’s Nutcracker time again: the season of sweet delights and a sparkling good time for all—if we’re able to ignore the sour taste left behind by the outdated and unimaginative cultural stereotypes so often portrayed in the second act of… Read the full article

The 2019 Innovations in Diversity Awards

Innovation is the intersection where aspiration and inspiration meet commitment and hard work, turning powerful ideas into exciting realities. Innovations in diversity and inclusion show all of us new possibilities and transform cultural and social landscapes across the globe. Innovative thinking challenges us, as individuals and organizations, to embrace a new and better future. Profiles… Read the full article

Resilient D&I: How We Have to Revise, Rethink, and Realign Our Work

By Michael Stuber, the European D&I Engineer As D&I experts, we have always advocated change, based on a thorough look at hidden dynamics and taking into account changing contexts. While we see many signs of progress and real success, a number of worrying and even threatening elements have become part of reality. Public assaults, aggression,… Read the full article

Diverse Teams Are Great—but not Equally for All

By Michael Stuber, the European D&I Engineer The latest academic study about team diversity adds some depth to existing insight. Yes, diverse teams create superior results. However, this sometimes happens on the backs of those who aided the benefit. A study by Michigan State University and University of Michigan researchers shows that individuals (!) on… Read the full article

Reporting D&I Mostly Equals Representation Numbers

By Michael Stuber, the European D&I Engineer Annual reports provide opportunities to talk about D&I progress and success. While large corporations do so regarding their D&I commitment and activities, they have been—for more than ten years—more modest when it comes to publishing D&I numbers. Benchmarking, transparency, peer pressure, or employer branding—there appear to be many… Read the full article