6 mistakes to avoid with women's initiatives programs | Executives turn to junior staff for advice | How financial services is making progress in LGBTQ inclusion
November 8, 2017
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6 mistakes to avoid with women's initiatives programs
This column offers tips to help firms retain talented female professionals and reap the benefits of investment in women's initiatives.
CPA Insider (10/30) 
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Leadership & Trends
Test your knowledge of unconscious bias
In many cases, professionals are influenced by unconscious factors as they make choices that affect the people around them. Take this 10-question quiz to assess your understanding of unconscious bias.
Journal of Accountancy online (11/3) 
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Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Executives turn to junior staff for advice
More companies are experimenting with millennial mentor programs that pair young workers with experienced executives.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/15) 
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How financial services is making progress in LGBTQ inclusion
The LGBTQ community is gaining visibility in the financial-services industry, and the next generation is focused on inclusion, says Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd's of London. Beale, the first woman to lead the insurer, says she and other LGBTQ leaders in the industry are able to push for inclusion when they notice an event or a conference lacks diversity.
Quartz (10/26) 
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Hosting an inclusive event
Organizers can take steps to ensure female and minority speakers are represented at events they host. Organizers should publicly commit to diversity, reach out to influential people in the community and push companies to provide a diverse list of candidates.
Entrepreneur online (10/27) 
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Diversity and innovation make a powerful pair
Research suggests most people see diversity as critical for business innovation, so leaders must be aware of team composition as they prepare strategies for 2018. Holding innovation challenges and "acceleration days," during which teams brainstorm and then present ideas, also can unlock innovative potential.
Inc. online (10/30) 
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Rethink one-size-fits-all leadership
Leaders should strive to learn more about the factors that motivate individual employees rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach to management. Fostering a culture of creative collaboration and providing regular feedback can help leaders get the most out of their team.
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Recruitment & Retention
Managing a multigenerational workforce
Members of different generations might have different values and expectations in the workplace, so leaders must be prepared to manage cultural divides. Setting standards that apply to everyone is key, but leaders should also listen to what employees have to say and recognize that everyone has a unique viewpoint.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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Revamp hiring procedures to attract a broad array of candidates
Promote diversity in the hiring process by eliminating unnecessary job requirements and by deciding before interviews which criteria you will use to evaluate candidates. Also, embrace a long-term perspective, and be open to unconventional sources of talent.
Forbes (10/29) 
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Fix biased systems to promote diversity
Simply stating the case for gender diversity isn't likely to move the needle, so companies should focus on redesigning systems to prevent bias. Tools such as machine learning and big data can help companies eliminate bias in job advertisements.
Quartz (10/17) 
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The value of workplace agility for millennials
In many cases, millennials prefer agile work environments that prioritize adaptation and flexible conditions. These work cultures tend to embrace autonomy and adopt a fluid approach to job responsibilities.
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AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Seminar rescheduled for January
The Driving Innovation Through Inclusion seminar, previously scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. ET. Registration for the rescheduled event will be available in two weeks.
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AICPA Global Women's Leadership Summit
The 6th Annual Women's Summit starts today, Nov. 8! Couldn't join us this year? Follow all the action on social media with #AICPAwomenlead. Save the date and plan to join us next year in New York City or live online Nov. 14 to 16.
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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
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