Why and How Businesses Need to Embrace Neurodiversity
By Vicki Thrasher, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Oracle Corp. As a long-time human resources professional, I find it encouraging to see how many employers are embracing the notion of hiring people who think and learn differently. Increasingly, corporate Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programs include neurodiverse people, meaning... Read more
How To Make Equity Center Stage All the Time
By Donald Fan, Senior Director, Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Walmart Albert Einstein said, “You can’t use an old map to explore a new world.” While reimaging the post-COVID-19 age, we must remap our ways of thinking and ways of working. Can the future of... Read more
Diversity Includes Disability
By Meenakshi Das I don’t think people realize how many different types of disabilities there are. People in wheelchairs or wearing hearing aids are noticeable. However, people with invisible disabilities, such as chronic illnesses or depression, are harder to spot. And those of us with a disability find it... Read more
Exploring Diversity via Discussion and Introspection
By Michael Bugeja Over the course of my academic and professional career, I have tried several methods to increase awareness about diversity and inclusion in my large-section media ethics and technology classes. I also am a frequent speaker in business and organizational meetings. The challenges are the same. Typically,... Read more
Exerting the Power You Have. Right now.
By Janet Crenshaw Smith and Gary A. Smith Sr. It’s easy to feel helpless and out of control right now. We have been through so much. We did not see the pandemic coming, often feel like we can’t do anything about it, and we can’t be sure what’s next.... Read more
Belong to Something Beautiful
Nearly two years ago, Sephora debuted its “We Belong to Something Beautiful” campaign, a public articulation of its longstanding company values. Through this, the company promised that it would continue working to make Sephora a place where all people feel they belong. At the same time, Sephora recognized that... Read more
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Looking inside and out for change in 2021
By Teshia Levy-Grant In recent years, many organizations have focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. But renewed national attention on social justice is paving the way for more and greater change in 2021. Data from employment and recruiting site Glassdoor shows that DEI-related job openings across all... Read more
Five Ways Women Can Help Women (Including Themselves) Succeed in the Workplace
By Vickie Thrasher, Senior Vice President Human Resources – Organization and People Capability, Oracle It’s hardly news that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the workforce hard worldwide or that it has disproportionately impacted women, including women of color. During the pandemic, this group suffered involuntary layoffs or were forced... Read more
Charting the Path to Equity in the Workplace
By Donald Fan, Senior Director, Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Walmart More and more organizations have recognized the significance of advancing equity as a strategic imperative and competitive advantage. In my article, which appeared in the fall issue of this publication and was entitled “Four... Read more
Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle to Wealth, Independence, and Legacy
By Janet and Gary Smith Business success requires a combination of factors that are more like a perfect storm than a perfect science; it is not just an easily assembled set of attributes and traits. Partnerships don’t always work, good ideas don’t always make it to market, and markets... Read more