2018 diversity conferences, Forbes, Uber, The Grammy Awards & more

Here is this list of 2018 diversity conferences and events that may be of interest. In addition, here is this great resource for blogging conferences, The National Diversity Council has this helpful calendar and there is this resource for Women in Technology conferences. These resources do not include industry specific events but if you need help in identifying events and conferences that will help you achieve your goals, send an email to monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

Forbes released its “first-ever list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.” It partnered with Statista in looking at 250 U.S. employers across all industries.  Here is the list and more on the methodology.

Talking about firsts, Uber announced it has hired its first chief diversity officer. Bo Young Lee is joining from Marsh & McLennan. Recently Bernard Coleman III from Uber published this article on D&I with the focus on inclusion. More and more I see “inclusion” as one of the key themes of 2018.

Here is this story from The New York Times titled, “After #OscarsSoWhite, Hispanics Seek Their Hollywood Moment” focused on the lack of Hispanic representation in the entertainment industry.  

Also on the entertainment front, in advance of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy received accolades for diversity with acknowledgment that there is work to be done, just look at this study.  And then the show took place. Of course there was the issue of women representation. The Academy’s response? “Women need to step up.” This of course caused an uproar. Then Despacito was snubbed. Yes the #1 song of 2017. This article puts it into perspective. There is also this one. I think we all agree, and not to repeat myself, but there is so much work to be done. Update: Here are two more recommended reads, this from Leila Cobo at Billboard and this one from Marisa Arbona-Ruiz at NPR’s Alt.Latino.

Keeping with the music theme, here is this week’s ICYMI, last year Latino artists dominated ”YouTube’s top 10 music videos.” 

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Two new diversity reports, Women’s March, CEO Action, Apple partners with Malala Fund, Oscars, RENEWPR & more

This week let’s start with two reports that prove (again) that if you want a more innovative and stronger performing company you need diversity.

Here is this report from McKinsey, which expands on the one released in 2015 and which says that, “The business case for diversity continues to be compelling and to have global relevance.”  

FastCompany wrote about this second report titled “Do Pro-Diversity Policies Improve Corporate Innovation?”. The big takeaway is that: “Companies that fulfill all nine positive diversity requirements announce an average of two extra products in any given year, which about doubles the average for a major company (those that tick fewer boxes are less innovative proportionally). Moreover, the researchers find that companies with pro-diversity policies were also more resilient in terms of innovation during the 2008 financial crisis.”

The Sunday shows did not focus much of their time on the Women’s March this year…let’s keep that in mind as you read this headline, How the Women’s March Is Turning Protesters Into Politicians.” 

As you may recall, last year the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity and Inclusion (CEO Action) was announced. Today it has more than 350 member companies representing 85 different industries. The group recently convened C-level executives to discuss their efforts, more information here

On the education front, Apple announced yesterday that it is partnering with the Malala Fund to support education for girls. According to the announcement, the partnership is “designed to enable the nonprofit to double the number of grants it offers and extend its funding programs to India and Latin America.”

Another story that got my attention is this one from the Washington Post titled “These kids started a book club for minority boys. It’s the most popular club in school.”  Finding and having the students’ read books that represent them is driving engagement. This is a great model and hope other schools, libraries and educational institutions take notice.

Congratulations to Ben Finzel and our friends at RENEWPR on their third year anniversary – read more here on how the team is celebrating this milestone.

Let’s close with two of my favorite recent videos:

  • This one in which Ava DuVernay used her speech at the Image Awards to celebrate others, bravo!
  • Then there’s this one, listen to this part and see Ricky Martin’s reaction:  “I seriously went very berserk on Dean Richards because you have to understand, when you’re part of a minority, and you don’t have a lot of role models in media, and you have a Ricky Martin that wherever you go in the world, it’s a good name to mention as a Puerto Rican, oh my goodness you feel related to him.”

Here’s hoping to see much more representation in media and that Ana Belava meets Ricky soon!

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MLK Day of Service, Black Enterprise best companies for diversity, NALEO report, workforce diversity and more

Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, a day which has become a national day of service. I was in New York and all the volunteer projects available at New York Cares were taken, which speaks to how for many this is not a day off. Here is some history on how in 1994 Representatives John Lewis and Harris Wofford made this a “day of action, not apathy.”  

This week Black Enterprise released its 2018 50 best companies for diversity. Here’s the list. In addition, here is some very interesting data from a recent BlackEnterprise.com study conducted by XpertHR of human resource professionals:

  • Approximately 25% of respondents said they were “very or extremely challenged by developing a culture of inclusion;”
  • 29% said they had similar difficulties in “recruiting a more diverse workforce” and
  • 33% cited challenges in “increasing minorities in leadership roles.”

Keeping with the workforce diversity theme, Matthew Glotzbach, CEO of Quizlet, published this piece outlining the four ways his team is increasing workforce diversity. This is very focused on recruitment, which is key, but it’s also important to remember that inclusion is critical for retention. Last year The Kapor Center for Social Impact released a report which found that “women, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to quit jobs in tech than white or Asian men.” Read more here.  Talking about diversity in tech, here is this from the San Francisco Chronicle titled “Rwanda is pushing gender diversity in tech. Should Silicon Valley take notes?”

Today the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released its 2017 National Directory of Latino Elected Officials.  NALEO found that 6,600 Latinos are serving in elected office, up from 6,011 in 2013, an increase of nearly 10 percent.  Here is the release announcing the findings.

These past few months I’ve been impressed with how Google has celebrated the contributions of diverse individuals. This morning was no exception as a number of posts on Twitter alerted me to today’s Google Doodle commemorating Katy Jurado who, as Time Magazine states, was “a groundbreaking Mexican actress who built a Hollywood career without sacrificing her identity” on the day that would have been her 94th birthday.  She once said, “”I didn’t take all the films that were offered — just those with dignity.” Here is this interview of her talking about working with Grace Kelly.  One more Google story, according to Remezcla “Google Just Launched One of the Largest Digital Collections of Latino Art & History.”  Read more here.

Talking about representation, here is this piece in the New York Times titled “Guess Who’s Coming to ‘Peanuts.”  I see this as a great example of the importance of representation and it shows how to do things in a way that drives engagement without alienating other audiences.

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The Golden Globes, why representation matters, Rebecca Aguilar launches Facebook group for Latina journalists, and more

Happy Tuesday. This week I have to start with the Golden Globes. I wasn’t sure on what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at how it became a “female empowerment event” as also described by Gamespot. There was of course Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech as the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award (link here if you missed it). There were other firsts including Sterling K. Brown as first African-American actor to win in the best actor in TV Drama and Aziz Ansari becoming the first Asian-American to win for best actor in a TV comedy. 

This year activists became the real stars of the Red Carpet, read more here. One of my favorite moments on the Red Carpet was this by Viola Davis. I also recommend reading  this piece from Jane Randel about #TimesUp. As she says “Changing the conversation is more complex and time-consuming, conceptually harder to understand, and oddly more discomforting to discuss because it forces us to look at our own behaviors.” 

Back to Oprah. One of the most important messages in her speech for me was that representation matters. This is why the conversation on diversity is so important. So let’s talk representation and start with this on Latinas in newsrooms. Monica Castillo, film writer for the New York Times Watching, shared these percentages of Latinas in newsrooms:

2.47%  – print newspapers

8.7% – TV news

4.2% – Radio.

Rebecca Aguilar launched a Facebook group for Latina journalists to create a community because as she says: “If no one else will open the doors for us, we will open them.” Bravo!

Now two examples of why representation also matters. 1) The New York Times identifying Rita Moreno as a guest in a photo caption. I get it that in red carpets things move quickly but really? Remember, she is one of the few entertainers to to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. 2) H&M. That’s all I’ll say. Read more here.  It is unacceptable that these mistakes are happening today and I do believe that if you had more diversity this would not happen.

Another story driving the conversation this week, Carrie Gracie resigning from her post at the BBC because of the gender gap pay.

Here is this shared by Tanzina Vega and a great read: “Women of Color Will Reclaim and Monetize Our Time.”  

Other recommended reads for this week: 7 CMOs Myths About Hispanic Marketing, “Gallup poll: Soccer closes in on big three as most popular U.S. spectator sport,” and  this Cindy Gallop profile (btw great content by MM.LAFLEUR).

And the ICYMI of the week: “New UC Irvine dean will be only woman of color to lead a top law school, university says.” Congratulations!

Be on the lookout for the list of conferences to attend, I’ll post those soon.

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“Time’s Up” coalition, Hispanic identity, diversity in media and more

Happy 2018! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to subscribe. Please do not hesitate to send feedback, questions and ideas to monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

This weekend “Time’s Up” was unveiled, a coalition of 300 Actresses, Entertainment Execs “aimed at combating sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.” I think it is fantastic that this coalition is a result of the open letter sent by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas supporting actors and actresses speaking out against sexual assault. According to this article, “organizers say they were inspired by the open letter to raise awareness and combat their own issues in the entertainment industry.” Also, here is a piece from last month about this topic. Here is also this from Melinda Gates. Oh and what a great way to start the year, Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, pushing the button for NYE in Times Square, read more here.

I found this titledDiversity perception mismatch in US identified by new report.” This quote I believe is accurate not just for women but diverse candidates in general: “For most women in corporate America, the problem isn’t a glass ceiling—it’s a broken ladder,” said Andrea Ostby, a BCG partner and another coauthor of the report.

This morning Hoda Kotb was named permanent co-host of  the ‘Today’ show – read Brian Stelter’s piece here.  On a side note, one of my favorite newsletters, which is focused on media, is Reliable Sources and you can sign up to it here.

The Verge published  “A look back at the state of racial representation in Hollywood this year.”  Very interesting data and numbers to spend more time on.

I recently wrote about the Latinx debate and Pew Hispanic released this in December titled “Hispanic Identity Fades Across Generations as Immigrant Connections Fall Away” with some interesting data. 

Here is this piece from JP Morgan Chase titled “Latino Entrepreneurs May Be the U.S. Economy’s Best Bet.” Here is this list from Vator for “Startup competitions with largest cash prizes for women and minority founders.”

If you are attending CES, try to attend Advancing Diversity.org’s event. More info here.

Finally, I want to close today with this list shared by Tanzina Vega and published by R.O. Kwon “46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018.” If you don’t follow Tanzina on twitter, you should.

Next week I’ll share some of the top 2018 events and conferences that you may consider attending – if you have any you want me to consider, email me at monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

Happy reading and here is to a 2018 where we can make a greater impact on diversity and inclusion.

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The Latinx debate, a new Hollywood commission, the impact of diverse voters and more

Hispanic, Latino or Latinx?

This week I want to focus on the Latinx debate because of this opinion piece by Daniel Hernandez from this weekend’s Los Angeles Times and titled “The case against ‘Latinx’”. The piece has led to some interesting debates on twitter.  This  may be a new term for some, and there may be confusion in how, when or if to use it.

I find this debate fascinating for many reasons. You see for years I’ve been asked what term organizations should use – Hispanic or Latino. Let’s look at the history of the term Hispanic which was chosen by the U.S. government as the official term in the 70s, read more on the history here. Some disliked the term Hispanic but others did not connect to the word Latino. In 2002 Pew issued a report that showed how many Latinos identified more with their country of origin than to those terms. Here is this from CNN in 2004.  Two national organizations use Latino or Latin American in their names – National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and League of United Latin American Citizens. The National Council of La Raza changed its name this year to Unidos US and NSHMBA changed its name to Prospanica. There is also MALDEF, which serves all Latinos in the U.S. but could be seen as only serving Mexican Americans because of its name. Several professional organizations use Hispanic in their name, i.e. NHJA, AHAASHPE, HNBA, etc.  Understanding that some individuals relate more to one term than the other is why I have always advised clients to use both intermittently.

Most recently Latinx has entered the debate. Let’s be clear, the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” will not be replaced by the term “Latinx.” As Daniel does say, it is more relevant to some than to others, especially millennials. The beauty of our community is that we are not monolithic and this diversity is reflected in this debate.

After reading this great piece by NBC I better understand the importance of Latinx. I consider myself Latina, Hispanic, Mexican, MexTex (born in Mexico but raised in Texas). I will add Latinx to this list without eliminating the others and use it when it makes sense. One last point, I do hope that the LA Times gives space to the other side of the debate so that people can better understand why it’s important.

So to the question, should companies use Latinx? It depends when and how the term will be used (i.e. internally, externally, Latin America) but yes you should if 1) it’s relevant to your core audiences and 2) if you are focused on inclusion. Leaders should tap employees and experts who understand our community and their main audiences to help guide them. Carefully adding the term to their lexicon could help them connect to younger employees and consumers in the U.S. 

What is driving the conversation?

This week as expected we continue to see coverage around the #MeToo movement, including the announcement of a new Hollywood commission to address sexual harassment and led by Anita Hill.

Forbes profiled the new coalition created to quantify diversity and inclusion efforts in marketing and media. I think most of us agree this is a much needed initiative.

The Alabama election once again demonstrated the importance diverse communities will have in the future of our country. There has been extensive coverage about how black women helped the Democrats win the senate seat in Alabama. I do say “once again” because as this piece points out, this year we are seeing an increase in diverse candidates and voters.

Here is a good read from Steve Barrett about Barri Rafferty‘s promotion as it relates to diversity in PR – yes there is much work to be done.

Congratulations to the LATINA Style top 10 corporate executives of 2017, here is the list.

Congratulations to Maame Biney, she is the first African-American woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympics team in speed skating!

ICYMI

As we head into Christmas, here is the #ICYMI of the week, this uplifting piece on Anthony Anderson, a young opera singer.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday. Feliz Navidad.

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HP’s Reinvent Mindsets, Time Magazine, Golden Globes and bidding farewell to Maria Elena Salinas

Today’s blog post is different from previous ones, instead of a list of stories I’ll provide more context.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Paul and he pointed me to this from HP. Powerful. Congratulations to HP for its “Reinvent Mindsets” effort to address unconscious bias, and for being named “Company of the Year for Diversity” by CIO Dive. Here is another great video from that same campaign, which seems timely, and this from the UK. 

Marketing & Media

The Time Magazine person of the year cover story came out a few days ago and it feels like weeks! As Tarana Burke, who created #MeToo said, this is a strong movement that continues to gain momentum. We saw more stories this week and I am sure that we will see many more. I salute Time Magazine for the diversity represented in the cover story, and for giving a voice to many not usually heard.

On the entertainment front, yesterday the Golden Globe nominations were announced and there was some backlash about the lack of diversity. Remezcla highlighted the “(few) Latinos Nominated for the 2018 Golden Globes“and yet Jack Rico had a different headline: “Latinos Reign Supreme At 2018 Golden Globe Award Nominations.” Read both pieces and let me know what you think in the comments section.

Now let’s talk Coco. I have not seen the film but have been following its success and coverage. Here is this piece by Sandra Gonzalez from CNN and this one from Ruben Navarrette. The movie has led the Box Office for three weeks, which of course will change this week with the release of Star Wars, which I think we can safely assume will break some records because of Carrie Fisher, as USA Today points out. Talking about Star Wars, following the premiere, here is one tweet from Jen Yamato that caught my attention.  The comments she received from her tweet are, let’s say interesting, but she is absolutely right, representation matters.

Talking about representation, Fashionista reported this week that “Diversity on magazine covers saw a slight decline in 2017,” you can read more here and there is this piece from the UK shared by Tanzina Vega about diversity in publishing.

Finally, this past week Maria Elena Salinas stepped down as co-anchor of Univision News after more than three decades.  Maria Elena and Jorge Ramos have been a part of my U.S. experience since we moved to this country. Like many others I thank her for her leadership and passion for our community.  I know she will continue to work diligently on our behalf. The week-long farewell was very moving – #GraciasMariaElena. Visit her website here to see what’s next. And as I mentioned before, this week Univision welcomes a new trailblazer, Ilia Calderon, the first Afro-Latina to anchor for one of the top five networks, regardless of language.

ICYMI

The United Nations declared December 18 International Migrant day, you can share your story or learn more here.

Don’t forget to share any stories you want me to include in the comments below or email me at monica@talkingdiversity.blog.

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