Welcome to Talking Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome to “Let’s Dance” – a weekly blog inspired by newsletters such as Lauren Zalaznic’s “LZ Sunday Paper” and Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources.” The goal of this weekly blog post is to create more than a conversation about diversity and inclusion. Why call it “Let’s Dance”? The name is inspired by a 2015 presentation by Vernā Myers, President, The Vernā Myers Company: “Diversity is Being Invited to the Party: Inclusion is Being Asked to Dance.” If you haven’t watched it, you should – one of my favorite lines: “it’s not about counting, it’s about cultivating.”

A little bit about me

After working in communications since the mid-1990s, I have seen companies create diversity programs, I’ve participated in many conversations and efforts on diversity, I’ve read multiple studies and reports, etc. I’ve also seen leaders across industries tried to find ways to have a real impact, while also seeing programs that are only checkmarks. So in thinking about how do we continue to create a forum that can bring us together, while curating some of the news and happenings in this space, my hope is that ultimately this blog is one step that can lead to more than just talking. Please send any links to monica@talkingdiversity.blog. I’ll post every Tuesday as part of #TuesdayThoughts.

At first I thought there may not be that much content to include each week but I may be wrong. So let’s get started.

The must read of the week:

“Numbers Take Us Only So Far” 

Other headlines:

Business

Pressure Increases for More Tech Firms to Tie C-Suite Exec Bonuses to Diversity Goals

Big Oil Has A Diversity Problem

Tesla just welcomed this CEO to its board. Here’s why it’s a big deal for Silicon Valley 

The Need for Diversity and Career Opportunities 

Education

It’s a ‘new day’ for diversity and inclusion in Howard County schools 

First African American Woman to Lead National Future Farmers Organization 

The SMU bubble: Diversity from college to career

Marketing & Media

Walk of Fame Ceremony for Selena Quintanilla Draws Record Crowd 

African-American Reporter Takes Stand After Body-Shaming 

Billboard’s Latin Power Players List Revealed

ANA Multicultural & Diversity Initiative Sets Marketing Priorities To Promote Inclusion, Business Growth

ICYMI

Want Better Profits at Less Risk? Hire More Women 

Who to follow?

https://twitter.com/DiversityInc

https://twitter.com/InnovateWomen

https://twitter.com/glaad

https://twitter.com/naacp

https://twitter.com/naleo

https://twitter.com/NBCAsianAmerica

Don’t forget, if you have any recommendations on who to follow, send my way to monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

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