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Creating Inclusive Culture

12 Reasons Ending Racism is (Also) Good for White People

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It’s a familiar bleeding-heart refrain sung in support of liberal initiatives, or to push back on conservatives: “Millions will suffer/are suffering! We can’t let this happen!” Lately we’re singing it a lot in response to hot topics like police shootings, poverty, the GOP’s proposed healthcare bill, and DeVos’s education budget. […]

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Diversity and Inclusion Programs Don’t Cause Divisiveness, They Respond to Divisions

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When an organization commits to creating a more diverse workforce and inclusive environment, one common criticism is that doing so causes divisiveness and unnecessary friction. This criticism can be expressed directly or it can manifest as an undercurrent of unstated resistance. Similar resistance often shows up in response to conversations […]

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The Problem With Trying to Make “Them” Like “You”

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It starts out with good intentions to celebrate diversity, ensure equity and practice inclusive leadership. You implement employee resource groups for historically underrepresented groups like LGBTs, start a mentoring program for women of color, and equip leaders to coach millennials on workplace norms and professionalism. But after a while you […]

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“No labels” is Part of the Problem

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American rapper and activist Prince Ea’s spoken-word piece “I Am NOT Black, You Are NOT White” is a gorgeous work of art with a powerful message: We are not our labels. We are not the terms that society assigns us. Who we truly are is deeper than how we look. […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Partner Better with Allies

Last month, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and creation of a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we (as […]

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Why Treating Others With ‘Respect and Dignity’ Doesn’t Work

Susana Rinderle

My last blog post, “Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive,” got more attention on social media than my typical Diversity Executive posts. One of the feedback themes was “How about treating everyone with respect and dignity?” It troubles me that such comments all came from D&I or intercultural […]

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Attraction and Engagement, not Recruitment and Retention

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One of the common goals and challenges of organizations striving to increase their diversity is the recruitment and retention of “diverse” employees. More and more companies see the connection between having a workforce that looks like, talks like and easily understands their consumers and the satisfaction, loyalty and spending of […]

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Four Steps to Achieve Inclusiveness (not “Inclusion”)

Susana Rinderle

The new year is an ideal time to reflect on past triumphs and tribulations, and set the course for the days and months to come. Thoughtful attention to language is a critical way we create reality and set the stage for D&I success (see this post on the term “cultural […]

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Are you a “Diverse Person”? Who is Included in Inclusion?

I was on the phone with a potential client discussing a possible keynote address I’d give at a corporate conference on women’s leadership. My contact was cordial and enthusiastic, but I wasn’t surprised when she asked me, a bit awkwardly, “Forgive me, I have to ask, but are you diverse?” […]

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