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He, She, They: Workplaces Adjust As Gender Identity Norms Change

NPR Morning Edition “More workplaces are adapting to an increasing number of people openly identifying as gender nonbinary — that is, they don’t consider themselves categorically male or female and favor gender-neutral pronouns like “they,” instead of “he” or “she.” Some employers are including those preferences on email signatures and name tags. But workers and […]

Diversity Straight Up: Moving past the low hanging fruit of color and gender in Northeast Iowa

Corridor Business Journal Where do diversity, equity, and inclusion sit in workplace culture? What are the challenges with being real and authentic when living in Iowa and talking about race? Why might those who don’t consider themselves diverse become defensive?  Listen as Hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Corridor Business Journal Editor Adam […]

Why diversity goes beyond a chief diversity and inclusion officer.

What challenges do chief diversity and inclusion officers face in driving change in the workplace? Against rising business profit, chief executives are finding increasing attention being paid to diversity and inclusion, so much so that it has monopolized the CEO’s meeting agenda, and taken over chief executives’ attention. But what is the Chief Diversity Officer […]

The D.I.E. is Cast

We often respond to people or situations with which we are least familiar with our most subjective evaluations, projecting our judgments onto what we think we see (or hear or feel or otherwise perceive). This kind of projection is especially risky when people from a similar background (regional, national, ethnic, generational, etc.) share their reactions […]

Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.

Starting Sunday, December 10, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team published a seven-part series examining the city’s pervasive and persistent national image as a place unwelcoming to black people. The team attempts to answer an important question: Is this reputation still deserved? Read the series from the Boston Globe >

Managing Bias Training from Facebook

Facebook has shared part of its managing bias training to achieve broader recognition of the hidden biases we all hold and to highlight ways to counteract bias in the workplace. Follow the link to view the video modules and other resources they have made available. View managing bias training >

Why Diversity Programs Fail

It shouldn’t be surprising that most diversity programs aren’t increasing diversity. Despite a few new bells and whistles, courtesy of big data, companies are basically doubling down on the same approaches they’ve used since the 1960s—which often make things worse, not better. Firms have long relied on diversity training to reduce bias on the job, […]

Today, take a breath and “check yourself at the door” before having a difficult conversation

Tim Ryan, Senior Partner and Chairman of PwC US, along with 175 CEOs, has created the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. This cohort is the largest “CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.” In Tim’s words: “Having difficult conversations about race, diversity, and inclusion won’t do any good if you don’t […]