PepsiCo has invested more than $18 million in the She Feeds the World initiative to assist women working throughout the global food supply chain. Partnering with humanitarian groups, PepsiCo offers training and technology to help women in agriculture overcome inadequate access to financing and education while recruiting women to the industry by promoting agriculture as a STEM career.
The House of Representatives passed a bill requiring public companies to disclose demographic data about their leadership in an effort to encourage them to pursue greater diversity. "Studies have shown that the lack of diversity in C-suites and corporate boards is not only an injustice, it is a detriment to business and a hindrance to innovation," says Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who sponsored the legislation.
Yelp has launched an "Open to All" filter to help users find businesses that say they don't discriminate based on race, gender identity, religion and many other factors. More than 300,000 businesses are listed as "Open to All," and Yelp hopes more will join as users start employing the filter, which is available starting today.
Inclusivity is one of the values Tapestry Chairman and CEO Jide Zeitlin brings to the company as he seeks to put more women and minorities into leadership roles. "Until every employee can come and really feel as though they can bring their true selves to their job, you're not unlocking the potential of your workforce," says Zeitlin, who is one of seven African Americans atop an S&P 500 company.
Public relations leaders worldwide say that finding and retaining skilled employees is their primary challenge, followed by junior and mid-level development and finding staffers with non-traditional backgrounds, according to ICCO's 2020 World PR Report. Many PR leaders are also concerned about employee diversity and believe the most relevant skills for new employees during the next 10 years will be research, insight and planning, data, measurement and analytics.
Top leaders have developed the self-awareness required to be who they truly "are in the moment" and speak and act without hiding behind a mask, writes LaRae Quy. "Authenticity requires the personal wisdom that comes from an inner journey to uncover our honest feelings and emotions," she writes.
Improve employee retention by teaching middle managers how to talk with and coach employees and promote collaboration, writes Marcel Schwantes, chief human officer for Leadership From the Core. "The research is quite clear: middle managers have the greatest effect on turnover out of anyone within an organization," Schwantes writes.
Becoming a well-rounded leader is a lifelong process, and there are ways to cultivate leadership skills, writes Barry David Moore. Learn a second language, explore other cultures, read nonfiction books and take online courses or tutorials to grow your skills, he suggests.