Happy Thanksgiving week. We moved from Mexico when I was ten years old and I honestly can’t remember if our first year in the United States we celebrated Thanksgiving. Like many immigrants, however, it became a Holiday that we embraced and celebrated. Today one of my favorite activities during Thanksgiving is volunteering – it combines being grateful with giving back. If you do a search you’ll find many ways different cultures and immigrants in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving. Here is this great piece from the New York Times published last year called The American Thanksgiving.
Now for this week’s recap:
These two stories about Hollywood and diversity (or lack thereof) caught my attention: “Movie Biz Attempts to Grapple With Diversity Crisis” and “Neglecting the Latino Community Is Hollywood’s Multibillion-dollar Missed Opportunity.” Could Maria Contreras-Sweet help address these issues by taking over Weinstein and Company? This could really be a game-changer based on the proposed plan.
Forbes released its 30 under 30 list and this list is a celebration of the diversity of this new generation that will shape our future. The Forbes list is “an annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in different industries.” You can find it here: https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2018/#245324011aaf
People Magazine released its Sexiest Man Alive issue. We could argue for days if Blake Shelton is or is not (and it seems based on social media and some of the coverage, most don’t agree). So why mention here? Because the lack of diversity on the covers also garnered significant conversation. Here is a good piece on why this lack of diversity is problematic. Let’s hope magazines, and media in general, continue to recognize and reflect the diversity of the world we live in and celebrate the beauty of our diversity.
Here are additional stories from this past week:
The must read of the week
Mellody Hobson Says the Time for Corporate Diversity Is Now https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/business/dealbook/mellody-hobson-corporate-diversity.html
‘I suppressed my Mexican heritage for fear of being labeled,’ says P&G chief marketer
Exclusive: Code2040 raises $5.6 million as it fights tech diversity backlash
Research: Men Get Credit for Voicing Ideas, but Not Problems. Women Don’t Get Credit for Either
Microsoft reports modest diversity gains, boosted by LinkedIn workforce and hiring initiatives
Workplace Diversity Gap Impacts LGBT & Disability Communities
330 CEOs have taken the ‘diversity pledge’
Diversity In The Workplace — The Cultural Shift For Creating Value
Eighty Percent Of NC Teachers Are White. Here’s Why That Matters.
College to Name School for Late Journalist Gwen Ifill
Medical School wins national diversity award
Justice Dept. investigating Harvard over affirmative action policies
Marketing & Media
Diverse teams can help companies avoid advertising blunders
Diversity and Inclusion: Rewriting the Rules for Marketing
Getting Personal at multicultural and diversity conference
Why are half of Latino immigrant TV characters portrayed as criminals?
Universal Music Partners With USC Think Tank to Boost Diversity in Music Industry
ELC to Black Corporate Leaders: Use Your Power to Impact Change
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