I’ve talked about 2018 being the year of inclusion. This piece in Fast Company focuses on inclusion and provides good recommendations. And in this recent post Glenn Llopis focuses on inclusion and actually speaks of having the D&I role in corporate strategy vs. HR. I agree with Glenn that we need to rethink the approach to diversity and see how this could have a greater impact. I also agree 100% that by rethinking diversity you will drive growth. However, I would argue that HR still plays an important role and key to that is 1) hiring the right people and 2) investing in career development and mapping. Learn from companies like Estée Lauder which is leading with inclusion and by organizations like She Runs It which are creating programs to have a greater impact.
On another topic – recruitment – here is this interesting study from PayScale that says that relying too heavily on referrals can create a less diverse workforce. This speaks to the point of making an effort. Yes referrals may be one way to find the right candidate, but make sure all employees are empowered to provide referrals. However, also look at other ways to attract talent including partnering with the right organizations and going to colleges and universities that serve diverse communities.
There is much work to be done as it relates to diversity across industries and the reports, programs and efforts being launched should start to move the needle. One such program focused on the entertainment industry was recently announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, read more here.
Another recommended read this week is this Digiday piece titled “In the #MeToo era, agency bosses worry diversity hiring will lead to tokenism.” Read to the end, with some good examples on how to recruit, retain and create a pipeline of women leaders.
Other headlines include Macy’s new line which launched to mixed reviews; Forbes is hosting the inaugural I.D.E.A.S. Summit in May; Microsoft hired a Chief Diversity Officer...and IBM is suing; US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce head stepping down amid “amid allegations of financial impropriety and sexual harassment;” and of course the Olympics.
Congratulations to our friends at Latina-led Policy Wisdom for their eight years of “growth and evolution. Watch this video about their work – very proud of the team including founder @anaritagon
ICYMI, President Barack Obama’s and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s portraits were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this week. This by Renée Graham I think provides one of the best perspectives.
Photo by Doug Swinson on Unsplash
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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:
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
How can California’s community colleges increase faculty diversity?
Students of color call on CU to better support diversity on Boulder campus
Joseph Rodriguez’s El Barrio in the ’80s
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
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
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
Democrats’ Diversity Paid Off Across the Country in Key Elections
Women of Color Have High Ambition, But Little Help
Who to follow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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”
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
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
Want Better Profits at Less Risk? Hire More Women
Who to follow?
Don’t forget, if you have any recommendations on who to follow, send my way to email@example.com.