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Firms Hail New Chiefs (of Diversity)

January 9, 2012 14:44 by vstgerard

(From Wall Street Journal) -- Some companies are adding a new executive to their C-suite lineup: Chief Diversity Officer.

Tasked with creating an environment where women and minorities can flourish, CDOs generally have a hybrid job description that includes recruitment, human resources, marketing, ethics and legal compliance.

Having a diverse work force no doubt helps a company's image, and some say it can also impact the bottom line by reducing employee turnover, boosting innovation and attracting new business.

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Five Workplace Trends for 2012

December 15, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Talent Management) -- The recession has impacted how individuals view work and the workplace. Though it may appear little has changed as employees who’ve managed to keep their jobs hunker down, try not to get noticed and wait things out, the workplace continues to evolve as new trends emerge. Leaders must proactively address these trends to ensure their organizations evolve toward growth.

Here are a few workplace trends talent leaders can expect to see in the upcoming year:

Movement from management principles to leadership values. Employees are savvy, and although they have been relatively quiet waiting for things to return to normal from the recession, they’ve been carefully watching. Cookie-cutter, old-school or command-and-control approaches to managing people are becoming less effective; employees can determine when an organization’s walk doesn’t fit the talk, and they are getting impatient working for managers who are less self-aware than they are. Instead, individuals today must lead with values such as collaboration and shared purpose. By engaging the workforce in a compelling shared vision and engaging their hearts as well as their minds, leaders can reap the best results.

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Chrysler Group Names New Head of Talent Acquisition and Global Diversity

November 2, 2011 11:55 by jllorens

(From www.sacbee.com) Georgette Borrego Dulworth has been appointed Director of Talent Acquisition and Global Diversity, Chrysler Group LLC. Dulworth joins Chrysler Group with twenty years of cross-functional experience in human resources, legal, finance, and corporate administration. She joins Chrysler Group from Cobasys LLC, where she served as General Counsel, managing all legal matters for the company. Dulworth is also the former owner and CEO of Tech-Line Automation, Inc., a certified Michigan minority-owned engineering firm and a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry, including the former DaimlerChrysler.

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Blogs: When diversity still had meaning

October 17, 2011 12:54 by jllorens

(From New York Daily News) Profound information arrives casually in America. My mother grew up in Texas under segregation and went to California with her parents in the mid-1930s. By the early '50s, when my younger sister and brother began going to school in Los Angeles, she made up her mind about something - and it predicted our nation today.

While there was a neighborhood black school, she did not send us there. The reason was clear to her: "The world is full of all kinds of people, and you all need to start meeting them right now," she said. The school she chose, the 28th Street Elementary School, was fully integrated.

It was after World War II, and one easily learned stereotypes about Asians, especially the Japanese. But that did not stop one from seeing how well Elizabeth Wu, Barbara Minato, Harry Quan and Alan Funo did in class and in sports. And in assemblies, we might see traditional Japanese dancing and hear tales of how it felt to be young and terrified in a fallout shelter while Hiroshima was devastated by a nuclear cloud.

We also celebrated Cinco de Mayo and had great fun beating open the piñata we had built together in class and suspended from the ceiling of our auditorium. Someone like Henry Ramirez, who was a good student and athlete, might invite you and your family to his home for a dinner of exotic Mexican food.

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Workplace diversity order is just the first step in effort

August 23, 2011 12:00 by Ann Pace

(From The Washington Post) -- For those hungry to increase diversity in the federal workplace, the executive order President Obama issued last week may leave even the vegetarians among them asking, “Where’s the beef?”

Think of Obama’s order promoting “the Federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion” as an appetizer preparing for more meaty efforts to come.

By itself, it’s just another plan. But it’s really too early to tell how effective it will be. More will be known after the promised overall strategy is developed, followed by more detailed agency-level proposals.

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BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces the 40 Best Companies for Diversity

July 29, 2011 12:25 by jllorens

BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its seventh annual listing of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity as featured in the publication’s July issue and on BlackEnterprise.com. The companies singled out for distinction demonstrated a commitment to diversity in one or more of four key areas: board of directors, employee base, senior management and supplier diversity.

Of the 40 best, McDonald’s Corp., Fannie Mae, Verizon Communications Inc. and WGL Holdings Inc. demonstrated significant strengths in all four areas surveyed. Darden Restaurants Inc., Pepco Holdings Inc. and Sodexo Inc. were cited as solid in three. Making their fist appearance on this list are Allstate Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., MetLife Corp., Nationwide, Prudential Financial Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co.

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UK: Women seen as 'less qualified and capable leaders than men'

July 18, 2011 13:14 by jllorens

Women bosses are viewed as less qualified and capable than their male counterparts, according to a study.

Leadership continues to be viewed as a culturally masculine position, scientists said.

Research shows that women suffer from two primary forms of prejudice in the workplace.

Firstly, they are seen as both less natural leaders and secondly, when they adopt male behaviour types often required by these roles, they are viewed as inappropriate or presumptuous.

Lead researcher Alice Eagly, of Northwestern University, said: 'Cultural stereotypes can make it seem that women do not have what it takes for important leadership roles, thereby adding to the barriers that women encounter in attaining roles that yield substantial power and authority.'

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Study Identifies Strong Link between Diverse Talent and Innovation

July 14, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- As innovation becomes more of a key differentiator for the world’s largest companies, organizations increasingly see having a diverse and inclusive workforce as critical to driving the creation and execution of new products, services, and business processes, according to a new study released by Forbes Insights.

“Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce” is based on an exclusive survey of 321 executives at large global enterprises ($500 million-plus in annual revenues). All respondents had direct responsibility or oversight for their companies’ diversity and inclusion programs. The study was sponsored by AT&T, L’Oréal USA, and Mattel.

According to the survey, a diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation and promote creativity—85% of respondents agreed (48% strongly so) that diversity is crucial to gaining the perspectives and ideas that foster innovation. As importantly, more than three quarters indicated that their companies will put more focus over the next three years to leverage diversity for their business goals, including innovation.

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Workplace Equality Better, Disparity Is Not

June 10, 2011 16:14 by jllorens

(From business-journal.com) CHICAGO -- Over the last few decades, the make-up of the U.S. civilian labor force has changed significantly. Women now account for half of all workers, and companies are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse.

Still, a recent survey by CareerBuilder points to continued inequalities between diverse and non-diverse segments in pay, career advancement and feelings of discrimination. Women and Hispanic workers, for instance, were twice as likely to hold an administrative or clerical entry-level job as non-diverse workers. Blacks were nearly twice as likely. More than half of women, Hispanics and workers with disabilities reported earning less than $50,000 compared to three in 10 non-diverse workers.

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Tips for Effective Cross Cultural Emails

June 10, 2011 10:35 by Kristen Fyfe

Here's an interesting post from Maureen Rabotin, author of the ASTD book, Culture Savvy. As business becomes more global, the need for effective communication becomes critical. Maureen's got some great tips on how to make sure that thing we all take for granted - email - is used to its best advantage when communicating with international colleagues.


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