The national gender pay disparity shrank by its largest amount in 10 years among white and Asian women, according to a report from the US Census Bureau. Although pay for women still averages less than men, the female-to-male earnings ratio hit 80.5% during 2016.
After a three-year effort by Yelp to improve diversity in the workplace, the number of women in tech positions there rose to 18% from 10%. Yelp's diversity goals include matching the racial demographics of communities in which it operates as well as increasing the number of women in engineering positions.
A newly launched nonprofit is offering hands-on, in-classroom programming and data to teacher-preparation programs to increase the number of minority teachers. Founded by Cassandra Herring, a former dean at Hampton University, the organization is partnering with colleges and universities that serve nonwhite students to promote teaching as a career.
While having conversations about race can be uncomfortable, discussions can bring diversity issues to light, writes PricewaterhouseCoopers' Kevin Ellis. Pay reporting also can keep companies transparent about racial imbalances, he adds.
Recent events at Uber and other companies reveal the problematic "bro culture" that marginalizes women within the tech world, write Amol Sarva and Jenny Fielding. Your company might have similar issues if women rarely receive promotions, inappropriate behavior is accepted or men earn more than their female peers.
Leaders must work to create an environment where respectful disagreement takes place, writes John Manning. They can lead by example through avoiding defensiveness and acknowledging differing opinions in a way that values all contributions.
Talking to someone about issues you have with them can be difficult, but avoidance stalls real problem-solving, writes Dan Oestreich. Instead, think about how you can approach these conflicts with compassion and honesty as a way to connect rather than resorting to judgment.
Utilizing personalized marketing and owned media programs can help CPG firms engage consumers and increase sales, said speakers at the recent GMA Leadership Forum. "We know from our partnership with IRI that those people that subscribe to our email programs vs. those who just visit our website actually buy two times more General Mills products," said Audra Carson, head of General Mill's content marketing and media platforms.
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