Detroit business leaders need to have tough conversations on race to improve employees' working and living conditions, said PwC's Tim Ryan at a recent panel hosted by the Detroit Economic Club. The racial hierarchy that exists in this country destroys opportunities and the possibility for success for too many people, he said.
The leaders of 14 historically black colleges and universities recently met with the Human Rights Campaign to discuss strategies to improve inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. Many of the institutions have committed to diversity training for students, staff and faculty as well as providing safe spaces and bathroom accommodations, officials say.
Australian startup Diversifly is using virtual reality technology to improve employee trainings on unconscious bias and diversity practice in the workplace. "[V]irtual reality, which enables the participant to actively 'step into another person's shoes,' could be a powerful tool for raising awareness and feeling the impact of bias first-hand, before work culture, productivity, and reputation take a hit," Diversifly founder Lucie Hammond says.
Leaders can better gauge how diversity and inclusion play out in their organization by using a network mapping tool to follow interactions across their teams. Finding gaps in personnel when it comes to decision-making and policy can help identify where inclusion efforts are breaking down.
Organization leaders need to recognize the importance of diversity practice before their organizations become irrelevant, David Rowen writes. Leadership teams that display both inherent and acquired diversity often are better equipped to handle difficult situations that arise and are more competitive in their industry, according to the Harvard Business Review.
The skills you've learned in previous careers can carry over into the food industry, notes Felicia Parks, a military veteran who runs a Jimmy John's franchise location with the help of her sons. Parks stresses the need to assemble a support team and to set a positive example for others.
In the first few minutes of chatting with people, try to offer genuine pleasure in meeting them while asking open-ended questions as a way to engage and learn from them, writes Harvey Deutschendorf. When parting ways, use people's names in your goodbyes, and memorize a few key details to use when you next meet.
The busy lives of leaders sometimes need to come to a halt so they can make plans, reflect on experiences and think through ideas and decisions, writes Dan Black. "Stopping to propel forward is less about physically going or doing and all about mental actions," he writes.
Webinar invitation: Pregnancy to be considered a disability by EEOC
This webinar on July 21 explores the effects that new laws regarding pregnancy may have on your business. Learn more about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and understand how to better accommodate employees. Register here.
Twitter hires new VP of diversity and inclusion
Such hires mark an improvement in an industry struggling with diversity. This article outlines the underrepresentation of minorities in the tech industry and speaks to the importance of having individuals committed to diversity within any organization. Read more.