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Diversity Consultants Are Healers, Not Magicians

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I was on the phone with one of my favorite colleagues debriefing a recent client engagement. We’d done a series of focus groups for an organizational assessment and we’d gotten some fantastic data and comments. “They’re such a great client!” my colleague exclaimed. I enthusiastically agreed. That exchange got me […]

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What Makes Someone Latinx? It’s More Than Just DNA

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Camila, a successful professional, grew up in Buenos Aires with an Argentinian mom and a Guatemalan dad. Her native language is Spanish, and she dances tango and sips yerba mate. But when asked about her cultural identity, “Latina” is not her first answer. “Because my grandparents are European Jews who […]

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Coaching Is Not Mentoring: Underrepresented Employees Need Both

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In a recent meeting with a major client my consultant team and I were faced with an unusual request. A transgender executive working for the organization had been facing a series of small but cumulatively damaging setbacks in her career after many years of success. Her slow-motion derailment was harming […]

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8 Things to Expect From a Highly Competent Diversity Consultant

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For 20 years, I’ve been a diversity consultant and trainer — as an internal employee, subcontractor for other firms and president of my own company. Aside from providing excellent value to my clients, my goal has been to improve the reputation of my field by raising the bar on what […]

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When Diversity Training Is a Waste of Time and Employers’ Money

I may be the only diversity trainer who is often anti-diversity training. It’s not because I don’t enjoy what I do. It’s not because I’m no good at it. It’s because half the leaders who contact me for diversity training don’t need it. Thousands of dollars and dozens of hours […]

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5 Proven Strategies to Guarantee Your Diversity Initiative Produces Results

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Intent does not equal impact. Time and again I see organizations with good intentions embark on an enthusiastic endeavor to increase diversity in their workplace. Time and time again I also see their nonexistent to negative impacts, from failure to create lasting positive change to crash-and-burn disasters rife with unproductive […]

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Using The 6 C’s to Have Scary Conversations

“I need tools,” she said. Several heads in the group of 70 White antiracists nodded. “I’ve realized I can’t ignore it or stay quiet any longer. I really need to start some conversations with people about racism, and Trump, and what’s happening. Especially my family. But I don’t know how.” […]

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Why Passion and Caring Aren’t Enough to Drive Diversity Efforts

Susana Rinderle

A recent posting for a diversity-related job in a medium-sized organization included an all-too-common phrase in its description of the ideal candidate: “Must have a passion for diversity.” Aside from “passion” and a few years of experience, the description said little else of substance about the ideal candidate’s qualifications. I […]

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8 Tips for Other Women Trolled By Men

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I’m a woman. I’m smart. I say what I think. Out loud. In public. I am, therefore, a target for trolls – especially angry, fearful men. I’m also not alone. Everywhere I look online, men seem to be trolling us more than women. In the four years I’ve been publishing pieces in […]

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Career Mapping – An Innovative Solution to Engaging Diverse Employees

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This is a guest piece written in partnership with my colleague and friend, Stan C. Kimer*, the creator of Career Mapping! Over the past several years, discussions on employee engagement and retention have been increasing among organizational leaders.  More and more, they’re asking: “Why is our employee engagement at an […]

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