Category: PDJ

A Decade of Creating a Place for Diverse Talent to Excel

By Kelly Jackson, Vice President of People & Culture at bp I began college thinking I would pursue a career in accounting. But I quickly realized that numbers didn’t excite me—people did. I think this love of people and my desire to help others was instilled in me from a young age. My father was… Read the full article

Embodying Pride Across All Lines

By Traci Wade, Vice President, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Oracle June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and as we kick off the celebration, it’s worth reflecting on the momentous progress made by the gay liberation movement in the United States, and how the fight for LGBTQ+ rights has breathed life into so many other… Read the full article

Stop the Blame Game

By Poonam Garg, Vice President, U.S. Bank It creates an unhealthy workplace, when senior executives stymie product and service development, creativity, and innovation because they engage in the “blame game.” Pointing fingers at individuals for making mistakes, fosters negativity and creates an environment in which team members either refuse to admit their failures or deny… Read the full article

Paying it Forward with Gratitude

By Esther H. Lim A phone call changed my life. Six months shy of becoming a teen, I immigrated with my family to the United States—poor and not speaking a word of English. Strangers in a strange land. Four days after our arrival, my father enrolled his four children in public schools in rural Maryland.… Read the full article

Culturally In-Depth: Onions Have Layers, Ogres Have Layers, and Cultures Do Too

By Dr. Thomas J. Bussen “There are truths on this side of the Pyrenees which are falsehoods on the other.” – Philosopher Michel de Montaigne, 16th centuryi This article summarizes the inner and outer layers of culture. It emphasizes—through a lighthearted reference to Shrek—that through attention to the visible outer layers of a culture, one… Read the full article

How to Create a Data-Led, Measurable Diversity and Inclusion Plan

By Eleanor Goichman Brett, consultant and trainer at global diversity and inclusion training consultancy PDT Global, part of Affirmity All organizations now recognize that diversity and inclusion (D&I) are key to their success as a business. And yet many companies are still not making the progress they would like. D&I should be approached just like… Read the full article

How Archbishop Tutu inspired Human Equity

By Peter Trevor Wilson One of the most frequently asked questions since the publication of my last book is regarding the origins of the phrase human equity. Where did it come from? The truth is that human equity started with a slip of the tongue in South Africa almost two decades ago in a speech… Read the full article

What A Glass of Beer Says About Group Decision-Making: Individualist and Collectivist Biases

By Dr. Thomas J. Bussen You made it: it’s Friday afternoon. You’re sitting down for happy hour with your friends from work. You look over the beer menu and order last. How likely is it that you allow your friends’ orders to determine your eventual order? For most of us, there’s a pretty good chance… Read the full article

To Women Everywhere: We Must Advocate for Ourselves [PDJ: Part 3 in a Series]

By Bhavana Bartholf, Chief Digital & Transformation Officer for Microsoft Commercial Solution Areas (Global) As we all continue to adjust to life with the pandemic, 2022 is off to an interesting start. I hope you have taken the time to reflect and recognize the importance of mental health and your personal well-being. In addition, I… Read the full article

The Four Pillars of our DEI Framework

By Yusuf Z. Zakir To foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), it is critical to have a framework to clearly guide your efforts. The framework we developed at Davis Wright Tremaine sits on four pillars: Community, Growth, Education, and Engagement. Community involves fostering a culture of belonging, supporting authenticity and intersectionality, and embracing and appreciating… Read the full article