Elections, Voter Suppression, Megyn Kelly, Intel, CFO Magazine, Diversity in PR plus more

We are less than a week away from the midterm elections and I hope the turnout reflects the energy I have seen online. Having said that, watch this interview with Chiqui Cartagena, on how both parties and many candidates do not understand Latino voters. Or this from NPR  about how candidates like Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Senate in Texas, need to mobilize Latino voters to win. There is also this from Meet The Press in which Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez says, “you don’t win in #Texas unless you’re talking to brown and black voters.”

I like to keep an informal inventory of who is advertising on Univision while I watch its programming. For example, this week during the 10 pm telenovela, I was surprised to see mostly negative ads against the Democrats, note I live in Miami. In other words – there were was only one ad for a Democratic candidate. It will be interesting to see if any party or candidate understands the opportunities, and challenges, of engaging with this important segment which is very diverse. Another important story to follow next week will be voter suppression efforts which predominantly impact racial minorities, here is a good Washington Post piece on this specific issue. I’m proud to say that I’ve already voted – it was easy and seamless. 

Last week NBC canceled Megyn Kelly Today because of Kelly’s comments regarding “blackface,” so here is this from Nicholas Pearce, another recommended read, titled “Megyn Kelly’s ‘blackface’ comment shows workplace diversity isn’t enough.”

Here are additional stories that I am following this week including this from Forbes titled “Seven Ways To Close The Diversity And Inclusion Gap That Are Easier Than You Think,” “How To Improve Gender Diversity In Entertainment Through Social Networking,” “Making progress on tech’s diversity problem: A female founder’s take on the current situation” and “Intel Hits an Internal Goal for Workforce Diversity.” Bernard Coleman III wrote this on four diversity and inclusion disruptors in the workplace (one of my favorite topics) and here is this from CFO Magazine titled “The Economic Case for Diversity.”

I want to end this post with this video shared by a friend, Jeff Weintraub, “in memory of the victims and in honor of the wounded of Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh PA.”

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Arlan Hamilton, Elizabeth Gore, Melinda Gates, Carla Harris, Freada Kapor Klein and much more

This week’s blog post has a strong focus on women as you can see from the headline. I did not realize that until I was close to finalizing it.  So this morning one of the first tweets I saw, fortunately, was Arlan Hamilton on the cover of FastCompany. Here is the story here.  This photo Arlan shared was not quite my reaction but close to it. Read here on why Stephanie Mehta selected Arlan. Listen to her interview with Tanzina Vega on The Takeaway. I recommend you follow Arlan to see how, via Backstage Capital, she is disrupting the VC industry. 

Then later today I read this by Elizabeth Gore in Inc. She is absolutely right. I am grateful that I get to work with entrepreneurs and disruptors like Genius Plaza founder Ana Roca Castro and SheWorks! founder Silvina Moschini and other entrepreneurs who are making an impact and are a part of the #NewMajority.

Other interesting reads this week include “Dell, other tech giants team up to improve diversity in training pipeline,” “Beauty Is More Diverse Than Ever. But Is It Diverse Enough?,” “Fifty years of economic history proves that inclusive workplaces make us all richer,” “Female Role Models Empower Young Girls to Pursue STEM Careers in Latest Ad Council Campaign,” and this “Few minorities, only 45 Latinos, in U.S. House’s top staff jobs, report says.” Here is this report from Nielsen titled “From Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers.”  

I also recommend reading this from Melinda Gates on closing the gender tech gap and listen to Carla Harris’ podcast with Freada Kapor Klein on the “Leaky Tech Pipeline.”

ICYMI this is from the New York Times titled “As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks, Rising Demand Meets Short Supply.”

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Crazy Rich Asians, Kelly Marie Tran, Washington Post, NPR, Marie Claire & More

This weekend I watched “Crazy Rich Asians” and it was such fun. Plus I love that, as many outlets noted, it once again proved the power of diversity. I also love the response by the Asian American community to the film, including this from Jane Mo or this from Kimberly Yam and of course the story about the letter sent to request the song Yellow from Cold Play. Then on Monday I was brought back to reality, about how much work needs to be done, after reading this from Kelly Marie Tran in the New York Times. I applaud her strength but saddened that we continue to see what she faces. Of course, the question now is what does the success of the film mean for Hollywood after the Box Office success of Black Panther, Coco and Crazy Rich Asians? More on that here and here. Plus this from Forbes on how “Latinos And (Crazy Rich) Asian Americans Are Hollywood’s Final Growth Frontier.” Patrice Tanaka, who you should also follow, has shared some great stories about Crazy Rich Asians and promoted the film, she did share this one that is critical of the movie.

I have been following the backlash the Washington Post received from Latino organizations and leaders over the story “White, and in the Minority.” The Columbia Journalism Review has this piece on the issues. I actually had reached out to the Washington Post before the NAHJ meeting and the CJR story were published because I had not seen a response. This is what I received, “The Washington Post has a long tradition of narrative reporting on the experiences of immigrants and minorities in America, as recent work by a number of Post reporters vividly demonstrates. Many of their stories recount the experiences of immigrants as they adapt to America and confront discrimination, shifting policies and other challenges. Terrence McCoy’s story captured the perspective of those who feel displaced by demographic change, by conveying what it is like for two white Americans who must themselves adapt to a new America. McCoy portrays their fear, resentment and xenophobia – as well as their responses to the attempts of their Latino co-workers to interact with them. McCoy’s work will continue to explore the emergence of a multicultural majority in America.” I leave the original article here, the piece from CJR and the response, so you can decide.

NPR also was criticized for the interview with hate group leader Jason Kessler, here is David Folkenflik on the backlash and read Brian Stelter’s piece on covering racists.

Other stories that i am following, this from CNN on the rise of Diversity & Inclusion jobs plus this on how to build a career in D&I; Citigroup’s three year goal to reverse its diversity failings; AARP has a new newsletter focused on African American women and Endeavor is now working with Papa John’s. If you are interested in D&I, the National Diversity Council offers a certification program

ICYMI Claudia Romo Edelman today shared that she was one of the special contributors for Marie Claire’s September issue focused on immigration. It is a must read! 

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NAHJ, NPR report, ClassPass, Blavity, LULAC, N.B.A., “Vida”, Adweek, Walmart, Goldman Sachs, Humanæ & more

Last week the National Association of Hispanic Journalists hosted its conference in Miami and I loved having the opportunity to visit with some amazing journalists – the featured photo is one group – thank you Olivia Tallet! While visiting with attendees I had numerous conversations about the lack of Latinos as sources and how many Latino journalists continue to work to change this. On that note, thank you Lulu Garcia-Navarro for sharing this and this from @NPR that validates my earlier posts of lack of representation of Latinos in media. Of course this is not just a problem at NPR, look at this from the Columbia Journalism Review. The list we started of Latino sources now has close to 100 entries, so if you need Latinos as sources, save this link! Plus thanks to the NPR piece I found this – which I love – #womenalsoknowstuff. You can register as a source here but note “To be listed on this site, you must have: (i) a Ph.D. in political science or be working towards a Ph.D. in political science or (ii) be employed in an academic political science department.” CJR is also compiling a list, here is a link to that list (save this link too) and the form to submit other names.

This week there are many reasons to celebrate including ClassPass raising $85 million in Series D, Blavity securing $6.5 million in funding, Mindy Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame, I posted about two Latina entrepreneurs being profiled in key media publications this past weekend, LULAC selected Sindy Benavides as its first woman CEO and a first generation immigrant and Domingo Garcia was elected president. I had missed this article on five women mobilizing the Latino community for the midterms which includes Sindy. Also loved this story from the New York Times: “N.B.A. Power Brokers Gather, With No Men Allowed.”

Of course there is still so much work to do, which as Cindy Gallop points out is evidenced in Adweek’s Power list which only features 12 women and no African Americans. 

Stories I am following this week include “This VR Founder Wants to Gamify Empathy to Reduce Racial Bias,” “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future,” “Possible key to black boys’ academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teachers,” Walmart investing $2 million in “diversity internships,” and Goldman Sachs has named Erika Irish Brown as its new chief diversity officer. 

Other stories include this from NBC News about Diane Guerrero’s new book titled “My Family Divided,” this from FastCompany about sunscreen startups catering to “long-ignored minorities,” and this New York Times apology for its Los Angeles travel story – another example of the importance of having diverse talent in newsrooms.  Actually after you read the New York Times piece that led to the apology, read this about the show “Vida,” written by two Latina writers.  For more stories on Latinos, here is this week’s Latinx Collective.

ICYMI, watch this great TED Talk: “The beauty of human skin every color.” Not new but something that I read about this week.

Dear TV bookers: Here’s a list of 50 Latinos

For many Latinos who follow Sunday and political shows closely it is extremely frustrating to see the lack of Hispanic representation in media. This is not new – here is this article from last year and there is this Media Matters report. The issue came to a head this week because as the top story in the country is about immigration, the Sunday shows only had one Latino headliner. This not only resulted in headlines but also in a number of twitter conversations including this one and this one. One of my top tweets thus far (and if you follow me you know I am active on twitter) was recommending to Brian Stelter that he host a segment focused on the lack of Latinos on Sunday shows (and hope to see this soon!)

Here is the thing – and read this also from Media Matters on the topic – Latinos should be invited not only to talk about immigration but to address any and all issues. Latinos represent close to 18 percent of the country, we are very diverse, speak English or Spanish or both or more than two languages. We care about education, the economy, entrepreneurship, healthcare and much, much more. There are conservative, moderate and progressive. We are very diverse. So why are we not at the table?

I have had many conversations on this issue but if I’ve learned something these past few years is that it is not enough to complain or talk about an issue – you need to do something. So here is my small contribution – a list of 50 Latinos that could be invited to these shows. Not all to talk about immigration, some on business or other issues. I hope any and all TV booker can use this list for morning shows, Sunday shows or any news segment. These are just a select 50, trust me locally and nationally there are many more. There are also many in other fields from healthcare, to marketing to entertainment not included but that may be a future post. I also have not added elected officials because you can find them by reaching out to NALEO, CHCI and CHLI. Of course feel free to add any other names to the comments section below.

Finally, this Sunday, as John Oliver covered on his show this past weekend, Mexico elects a new president. So bookers keep in mind that there are many very knowledgeable  individuals you can invite to your shows including former Ambassador Tony Garza, Dallas Morning News reporter Alfredo Corchado, Jorge Ramos or Enrique Acevedo from Univision, Maria Elena Salinas who is an independent award-winning journalist, Laura Martinez from CNET or Leon Krauze who is a Univision anchor in Los Angeles who moderated a Mexican presidential debate.

Trust me there are many knowledgeable, eloquent Hispanics who would be great sources for your shows. As this is not an all encompassing list but hopefully helps demonstrate why there is no reason for a lack of representation.

Journalists (this list is just a few – NAHJ is a resource to identify more).

Tanzina Vega Host, The Takeaway https://twitter.com/tanzinavega
Suzanne Gamboa NBC https://twitter.com/SuzGamboa
Alfredo Corchado Dallas Morning News https://twitter.com/ajcorchado
Maria Elena Salinas Independent https://twitter.com/MariaESalinas
Maria Hinojosa Pres-Futuro Media Group; anchor & EP @LatinoUSA @NPR, https://twitter.com/Maria_Hinojosa
Jorge Ramos Univision https://twitter.com/jorgeramosnews
Enrique Acevedo Univision https://twitter.com/Enrique_Acevedo
Leon Krauze Univision https://twitter.com/LeonKrauze
Laura Martinez CNET https://twitter.com/miblogestublog
Jose Diaz-Balart Telemundo https://twitter.com/jdbalart
Mariana Atencio MSNBC https://twitter.com/marianaatencio
Lulu Garcia-Navarro NPR https://twitter.com/lourdesgnavarro
Julio Ricardo Varela In The Thick https://twitter.com/julito77
Olivia Tallet Houston Chronicle https://twitter.com/oliviaptallet
Charo Enriquez New York Times https://twitter.com/charohenriquez?lang=en
Veronica Villafañe Forbes https://twitter.com/veronicav

Hispanic-serving organizations (the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda also is a resource to identify others).

Janet Murguia NCLR https://twitter.com/JMurguia_Unidos
Arturo Vargas NALEO https://twitter.com/ArturoNALEO
Sindy Benavides LULAC https://twitter.com/SindyBenavides
Fernand Fernandez USHCC https://ushcc.com/about/team/
Thomas A. Saenz MALDEF https://twitter.com/ThomasASaenz
María Teresa Kumar Voto Latino https://twitter.com/MariaTeresa1
Ana Valdez Latino Donor Collaborative https://twitter.com/LDCAna1
Alex Nogales National Hispanic Media Coalition https://twitter.com/alexcnogales
Cid Wilson HACR https://twitter.com/CidWilson

Politics/pundits

Ana Navarro CNN contributor https://twitter.com/ananavarro
Maria Cardona CNN Commentator/

Latinovations

https://twitter.com/MariaTCardona
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto Political scientist https://twitter.com/DrVMDS
Leslie Sanchez CBS News contributor https://twitter.com/LeslieSanchez
Ruben Navarrette Navarrette Nation podcast https://twitter.com/RubenNavarrette
Laura Hernandez Pescador https://twitter.com/Laurajhv
Matt Barreto Latino Decisions https://twitter.com/realMABarreto
Cristina Tzintzun JOLT https://twitter.com/TzintzunCris

Business/entrepreneurship/general (these are just a few names but here is this list of 50 Latinas and this one of Latina Tech Founders).

Carlos Gutierrez Former Secretary of Commerce https://twitter.com/carlosgutierrez
Henry Cisneros Former HUD secretary https://twitter.com/henrygcisneros
Nina Vaca Pinnacle Group https://twitter.com/ninavaca
Jessica Rodriguez Univision Communications Inc. https://twitter.com/_RodriguezJess
Monica Lozano College Futures Foundation https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-lozano-7524666/
Sol Trujillo Trujillo Group Investments, LLC https://www.linkedin.com/in/soltrujillo/
Pedro Pizarro Edison International https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedro-pizarro-087a5287/
Oscar Muñoz United Airlines https://www.linkedin.com/in/oscarmunozua/
Marcelo Claure CEO Softbank Group Int’l, https://twitter.com/marceloclaure
Cesar Conde NBC Telemundo https://twitter.com/cesarconde_
Geisha Williams CEO and President, PG&E http://fortune.com/2018/03/14/most-powerful-latinas-2018/
Claudia Romo Edelman Co-Host @GlobalsGoalsCast https://twitter.com/claudiagonzalez
Adriana Cisneros Cisneros https://twitter.com/cisnerosadriana
Charles Garcia ALPFA https://twitter.com/charlespgarcia
Chiqui Cartagena Hispanic marketing expert and author https://twitter.com/ChiquiCartagena
Silvina Moschini SheWorks! https://twitter.com/Miss_Internet
Ana Roca Castro Genius Plaza https://twitter.com/AnaRC

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World Day for Cultural Diversity, Election Night, Magdalena Skipper, Barbara Underwood, Stacey Cunningham & more

This past Monday marked the UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Michelin released its first diversity and inclusion report for North America that day. The ICC posted this and I found this focused on media and this and this focused on the medical field. I didn’t find too many stories or announcements tied to this day in the U.S. but hope next year we can see a stronger U.S. focused movement to celebrate cultural diversity.

Listen here to The Takeaway on the new report on diversity in U.S. newsrooms. Representation is important, especially in media. A must listen. Look at these charts on political reporters from 2016 elections. As a reminder, here is the New York Times report and here is the Los Angeles Times pay gap report. So as newsrooms plan for this election and for 2020, here are Tanzina’s tips for making newsrooms more inclusive.

Last night was a big night for women running for office: Stacey Abrams became the Democratic nomination for Governor of Georgia, former Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas, Amy McGrath won the Democratic House primary in Kentucky, Gina Ortiz Jones won a runoff in Texas. On the Republican side Vickie Glisson won the GOP nomination for Kentucky’s third congressional district and  Angela Leet won the Republican primary for Louisville mayor. Read more here on yesterday’s elections.

Congratulations to Magdalena Skipper, the first woman editor in chief of Nature Magazine in its “nearly” 150-year history. Here is an interview she did for NPR’s  Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Congratulations to Barbara Underwood who “became the first woman to serve as attorney general in New York after she was appointed to the role in a joint legislative session Tuesday.” Read more here. Also, congratulations to Stacey Cunningham, NYSE’s first female president. Here she talks about the gender diversity problem.

Most of us watched part of, or all, of the Royal Wedding and read about the celebration of black culture we experienced. I had a hard time deciding which story to include about the events this past weekend, but recommend reading “What the presence of Black culture at the royal wedding meant to me.” Oh and yes I’ve now downloaded Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s music and subscribed to his YouTube channel.

ICYMI every week I like to highlight reporters that you should be following. Monica Castillo from The Lily is one I’ve mentioned, here is an April post she did titled “How Figure Skating in Harlem helps black and Latina girls build their confidence.” 

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Ageism, Diversity in Tech, James Beard Awards, American Identity & more

One topic I’ve wanted to focus on is ageism and when I read this from Cindy Gallop titled “We need to make ageism in the workplace old news” I decided this was the week. After reading it I did a quick Google search and found several good reads, including this titled “Ageism is becoming a major issue for corporation” and this one “Too young to have an opinion, too old to innovate: lifting the lid on ageism in advertising.” There is this about boardroom diversity and several stories like this one about how Madonna is fighting ageism. 

Everyone agrees that diversity in tech continues to be an issue, which is why the Congressional Black Caucus recently visited Silicon Valley to meet with tech companies. Here are some recommended reads resulting from that recent visit: “Tech’s Race Problem Beyond the Number” and “Diversity in Silicon Valley? Not Much Has Changed.”

Tanzina Vega is the new host of The Takeaway. Listen to this from this week “‘Out of Many, One.’ But Do We Have One American Identity?” 

Here are other stories I have been following this week, “Black and Brown Podcasters Are Creating an Audio World You Won’t Find in The Mainstream,” diversity at the James Beard Awards and this titled “How a Wave of Honest History Museums Is Changing Black Tourism.”  This past weekend The United States of Women 2018 Summit took place, read more here.

ICYMI, the New York Times pulled together eight things to read about Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ music video.

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