October 14, 2021
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Mecca Bos, a biracial female chef raised in Minnesota, examines the culinary history of Black American women and how their contributions have been heavily edited or removed entirely from America's culinary history. The realization was hammered home to Bos after she was given a copy of Toni Tipton-Martin's "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks."
Full Story: TASTE (10/12) 
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PepsiCo understands strong civic-minded messages regarding social issues require action to be relevant to consumers, so the #AmplifyBlackVoices campaign for its Doritos brand included donating more than $5 million to Black creators, said Steven Williams, CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America. "The brand purpose came through; it was about our brands doing the hard work and doing good in the community vs. just us out there with another message," added Williams.
Full Story: PRWeek (10/12) 
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Social movements such as Stop Asian Hate and Black Lives Matter significantly affected decisions about content for 63% of global marketers during the past year, Shutterstock reports, and 65% concur that diversity plays an important role in audience targeting. Visual diversity is a difficult goal for 44% of respondents and 76% think there's still room for growth in terms of representation.
Full Story: The Drum (free registration) (10/13) 
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Target and the Target Foundation have committed to invest $100 million over the next four years in programs, nonprofits and other groups dedicated to amplifying Black voices. The plan includes scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the retailer will also be a founding supporter of Detroit's Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design, which is slated to reopen in March.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Diversity within countries and around the globe must not be seen as a hindrance to peace but a source of strength, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asserted at a UN Security Council meeting on "Diversity, State Building and the Search for Peace" as leaders from several countries cited examples of failure to address diversity and the resulting conflicts. Guterres advises that "a wide range of diverse voices at every step" is needed during negotiations on ending hostilities to ensure lasting peace.
Full Story: The Associated Press (10/13),  Newstrack India (10/13) 
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Innovation in the Workforce
Active listening is key to retaining female employees
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Because so many women say they don't feel heard in the workplace, it's important that companies listen if they hope to retain talented women and develop them as future leaders, writes Beth Castle, the managing editor of InHerSight. Castle recommends starting Slack channels dedicated to groups such as working parents or singles living alone during the pandemic, holding town hall talks that go beyond business news, encouraging managers to talk to employees about their lives, and setting reachable goals that focus as much on the employee as they do on the work.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Leadership and Management
Power in organizations is usually about what resources you control, who needs them and what alternatives are available, writes Theodore Kinni, citing research from professors Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro. "What's valued changes with the context, and so does your power," Battilana and Casciaro say.
Full Story: Strategy+Business (10/13) 
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Good bosses reject stock leadership strategies in favor of patience, accessibility, praise, bravery, listening and mentorship, writes Megan Hustad. "Much of it requires considerable maturity, wisdom, a practice of self-emptying plus deriving pure enjoyment from the wonder of other people," she writes.
Full Story: Medium (tiered subscription model)/Journal of Beautiful Business (10/11) 
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