Cookbook author Grace Young has created a YouTube series called "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories" highlighting the plight of Chinatown businesses in Manhattan, New York. Meanwhile, Jennifer Tam and Victoria Lee have started a Welcome to Chinatown initiative that collects funds to buy bulk meal orders to be donated to essential workers as well as lists restaurants still offering delivery, takeout and gift cards during the pandemic.
"Sun and Rain" is a collection of recipes, poems, stories and photos from Slovenian chef Ana Ros, and the book is one of 10 in this roundup that offer the experience of travel without leaving home. Palestinian cuisine is interwoven with stories from chef Sami Tamimi's childhood in Jerusalem in "Falastin," and "My Greek Table" explores modern and traditional foods of Greece.
Karen Brownell of Lion Brewery acknowledges that there are not many women in her field, and she "would encourage more and more women to get into brewing and food manufacturing because it's something we always need." Lion Brewery makes beer for itself and is also a contract manufacturer.
Traditional stereotypes that women don't make good sushi chefs have forced chef Aeron Choo to work twice as hard to succeed in her industry after her applications to work in many sushi restaurants were rejected on the basis of her gender. Choo is prepared to counter arguments that women's hormones and warm hands make them ill-suited for the job and tells women trying to enter male-dominated industries not to give up.
Diversity Stars and DEI Media are inviting diversity and inclusion professionals to come together online for networking events, training and team-building exercises during self-isolation."The virtual diversity campus fosters community engagement, togetherness and presence," says Diversity Stars co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Christian Monk.
Disruption from the coronavirus is an opportunity to throw out old modes of business and embrace a new normal of inclusion and diversity, writes architect and entrepreneur Oshoke Abalu. Leaders should approach inclusion as a necessity rather than a charitable opportunity and focus on welcoming all people as part of a rich tapestry.
Virtual Boozy Brunch with Belinda, hosted by James Beard Award-winning sommelier and author Belinda Chang, is among three top virtual happy hours whose proceeds go to laid-off hospitality workers, writes Katie Kelly Bell. Other happy hours that give back are Cointreau's Cocktail Hour, hosted by different bartenders each week, and Dani and Jackie's Virtual Happy Hour, hosted by Sorel Liqueur creator Jackie Summers, writer Daniella Veras and bartender Lauren Myerscough.
Agency Walk West in North Carolina is launching a new diversity and inclusion consulting service called The Diversity Movement and offering a web-based course as part of it. "It's not a one-time training exercise, but is really a program that has multiple interventions over time so that an organization can experience the benefits that really have to happen through transformation," says the firm's Kurt Merriweather.
With the shakeup in every industry, now is the time to reassess your skills, focus on what you want to accomplish in your career and emerge as a leader in your organization, suggest executives. "You might think of this time as lost time, but in reality, it could be the most important part of your career," says Cynthia McCafferty, CEO of Hawthorne Strategy Group.
Virtual teams can benefit from an agile approach that starts with creating clear goals, being able to adapt to changing conditions and practicing ongoing feedback, says Nahia Orduna of Vodafone, who leads a remote-based agile-focused team. She discusses how agile teams operate in sprints, the importance of etiquette for video calls and how her team gathers for lunch even when they can't be in the same room.