The #MeToo Movement

Like many others I am grateful for the #MeToo movement and celebrate the women and men coming forward as well as the journalists bringing light to these stories.

This tweet from Chloe Angyal also describes how I feel reading all these reports and stories:

It’s hard to watch this all unfold without grieving the news that was never reported, books never written, companies never founded, movies never produced, campaigns never run, dreams never pursued, the sheer loss of human contributions caused by harassment. It’s stunning.”  

I also think of all the women who who may not have a recourse to report this abuse of power, just read this piece from the Huffington Post or this open letter from Latina Farmworkers.

What’s Next?

As more victims speak up, we need to ask “what’s next?” as Jane Randel from Karp Randel does in this piece.

Here are a few of the millions of stories and opinion pieces on the topic. From my Google search: About 16,100,000 results (0.36 seconds)”. The first is an editorial in USA Today but the rest are recommended reads and I am not including any that focus on any specific case. I know that unfortunately there is much more to come but I look forward to seeing leaders evaluate their companies and organizations and taking some of the steps Jane and other experts recommend.

Recent Coverage

The sexual harassment reckoning

A large majority of Americans say there is sexual harassment on the job

The (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Harassment Victims

How to talk to kids about sexual harassment

The Insidious Economic Impact of Sexual Harassment

From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017’s sexual harassment scandals

These industries have the most reported instances of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment debate advances an issue — and confuses it

After sexual harassment allegations, is there a cultural shift in the workplace?

Anita Hill: ‘Washington cannot lead the country’ in addressing sexual harassment

Featured photo by Mihai Surdu on Unsplash.

#GivingTuesday and this week’s blog

If this is your first time reading my blog, thank you for reading. I invite you to 1) subscribe and 2) read previous posts. Here I share how this started.

As this is #GivingTuesday, I want to start by inviting you to give to PRxPR.org and support Puerto Rico. The organization is doing great work.

There is so much news focused on diversity that I am thinking of doing this twice a week. For now, let’s get started.

Yesterday everyone was talking about the Royal engagement. The way some media has covered it because of Meghan Merkel’s heritage is something I want to continue to follow. Now I must confess this story and headline horrified me but this piece and their joint interview, gave me hope. As you look at diversity, her background will be covered extensively. Here is this great piece I read today.

This weekend the New York Times received quick and significant backlash over this article.  Here is how the New York Times responded.  One recurring theme I saw on twitter is that the lack of diversity in the newsroom is one of the reasons this was published – the fact that Dean Baquet is black never seems to come up (at least not in my feeds). To read some of the backlash, read Soledad O’Brien’s twitter. BTW that same week the Times published this piece titled “Does race matter in America’s most diverse zip codes.” I think that the Times has been doing a pretty good job of covering diversity issues recently, which is why I was disappointed by this article. I also do agree that newsroom diversity is important, and as a recent study showed, there is much work to be done.

Here are some other stories from the week:

Business

Silicon Valley’s diversity efforts get mired in scandal

How Millennials Can Fix The Diversity Crisis In Silicon Valley

Private Equity Has Something To Add To The Diversity Discussion. Yes, Really

Ware: Encouraging first steps for diversity education

Marketing & Media

Pixar’s powerful stories aren’t being told by diverse voices, critics say

How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ became a huge box-office hit

Shonda Rhimes to Guest-Edit Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Issue

BBC told it must ‘lead way’ on diversity

How Mitu Tells Stories to Reach Latino Millennials

African American Women in Media

Race driver Daniel Suarez is the face of NASCAR diversity push  

Issa Rae Talks New CoverGirl Melting Pout Metallics Lipstick Commercial

Education

How can California’s community colleges increase faculty diversity?

Students of color call on CU to better support diversity on Boulder campus

ICYM

Joseph Rodriguez’s El Barrio in the ’80s

Happy Thanksgiving week – this week’s diversity news recap

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

Business

‘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 

Diversity Demands in Luxury

Education

Eighty Percent Of NC Teachers Are White. Here’s Why That Matters.

College to Name School for Late Journalist Gwen Ifill 

Diversity, Defined 

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

ICYMI

ELC to Black Corporate Leaders: Use Your Power to Impact Change

 

Who to follow:

@NALEO

@NAACP_LDF

@PRSAFoundation

Featured photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash

This week’s diversity and inclusion top stories

I recently had the opportunity to see John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ at Studio 54 – one of my favorite theaters on Broadway. One of the points he makes is that many of our stories are not in history books and now more than ever we need to tell all  of our stories. So if you have a chance, go see it, you’ll laugh and learn. https://broadwaydirect.com/john-leguizamo-latin-history-morons/.

That same weekend I watched Marshall, a movie I had not heard much about but which is fantastic: Marshall’ movie review: A different kind of superhero story. 

Before sharing some of the top stories for the week, let me take this opportunity to congratulate award-winning journalist Ilia Calderon who has been named co-anchor of Univision’s evening news with Jorge Ramos. She will be the first Afro-Latina to anchor the evening news for a leading networks in the country, regardless of language. Bravo! Here is one of my favorite pieces written about the announcement: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ilia-calderon-noticiero-univision_us_5a0345f5e4b03deac08a8e39.

Here is a clip from Univision with Maria Elena, Ilia and Jorge (in Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jq61RJttmg

The featured photo is by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash. 

The must read of the week

Apple releases first diversity report under new VP of diversity and inclusion

Other headlines

Business

The One Philosophical Difference That Sets Millennials Apart In Workplace Diversity

11 men and 1 woman on management team? No need for diversity report 

Black on Bay Street: Hadiya Roderique had it all. But still could not fit in

Katherine Johnson building opens at NASA Langley Research Center 

Education

Anti-bias lessons help preschoolers hold up a mirror to diversity 

Gyrl Wonder Inspires Youth to Shine When the World May Want to Dim Their Light 

Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

Google Grants Non-Profit $1 Million To Expose Black Boys To Tech Careers 

Marketing & Media

New Adobe Study Highlights Diversity Issues in the Advertising Industry 

Naomi Campbell: ‘Diversity must not be seen as a trend’

New Diversity Org, The Creative Thread Foundation, Has Few Women On Its Board

How One Film Festival Is Remembering Early Hollywood’s Asian-American Stars

Marvel gave indigenous director Taika Waititi its worst franchise in

CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase Has Been a Racist, Sexist, Homophobic Mess for Years, Participants Say

Politics

Democrats’ Diversity Paid Off Across the Country in Key Elections

ICYMI

Women of Color Have High Ambition, But Little Help

Who to follow

https://twitter.com/lulac

https://twitter.com/HRC

https://twitter.com/elcinfo

https://twitter.com/TheRoot

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.