Category: Commentaries

Young Voices Provide Hope that Times Are Changing

By Wayne Ford, Community Advocate “We must learn how to live together…or perish as fools.”     – Martin Luther King With the noteworthy events that have happened recently in Virginia, Hollywood and Washington DC related to women’s rights, black rights and human sensitivity in all respects, the tone of conversations and the future direction… Read the full article

Diversity, Inclusion, and Human Equity in Business Today

By Marisol Hughes, WilsonHCG Awareness of diversity and inclusion, and the importance of equity, in business is no longer an issue. The #MeToo movement in 2018 highlighted the severity of gender discrimination and harassment that some female workers still face. However, despite this increased awareness, the creation of a truly inclusive environment is something that… Read the full article

Challenge the Paradigm by Reaching Out to Diverse Attorneys for Your Bet-the-Company Matters

By Diane E. Lifton, Hughes Hubbard and Reed After law school, I joined a big firm in New York City and quickly discovered the love of my professional life: product liability, the perfect combination of science and law. Product liability, though, resembled the Wild West, so much so, that when I joined my second firm… Read the full article

Leading by Example: Three Considerations for Creating and Maintaining a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

By Judith Michelle Williams, SAP Fostering a diverse workforce is essential in order to innovate and drive prosperity in today’s fast-paced corporate world. Building an inclusive culture doesn’t begin with simply “doing the right thing.” Instead, it starts with making it hard for employees to do anything but the right thing. Taking a dynamic, top-down… Read the full article

Life Beyond the Buzzwords

By Satra Sampson-Arokium “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”     – Maya Angelou For some, inclusiveness is just a vague state of mind. I can tell you from experience, though, that inclusiveness is very much… Read the full article

The State of Diversity

Gary A. Smith, CoFounder, IVY Planning Group It’s always difficult to strike the proper balance whenever I’m asked questions like, “What is the state of…” or “Are we making progress?” Asking “Are we there yet?” and “Should we be doing better?” weighed against “But look how far we’ve come,” leave us questioning our own sensibilities… Read the full article

Leveraging Executive Leadership to Advance Diversity and Inclusion

By Wanda Brackins, Head, RBC Wealth Management—U.S. Diversity and Inclusion When I consider the current state of diversity in business today, I’m reminded of something Tom Sagissor, president of RBC Wealth Management–U.S., wrote in a message to employees last year: “An inclusive culture that promotes diversity in thought and perspective is imperative in today’s world,… Read the full article