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Musings on Diversity

Diversity: Managing the Marketplace
November 8, 2017

UPS and Puppy Love

Photo Credit: Roger on Facebook   I recently discovered the Facebook Page UPS Dogs. It contains videos and pictures of the dogs that UPS drivers encounter on their various routes. For someone who loves dogs like me, it is a treasure trove of doggy cuteness. But what do dogs have to do with diversity? It’s all about Quadrant 4: Managing…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Representation
October 27, 2017

12 White Blue-Eyed Blonde Men

Earlier this month, Apple’s Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, Denise Young Smith, offended many by her words at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. When asked if black women were a priority for her in her new role, Smith responded (partial response below): “Aamna, you also asked me about my work at Apple, or in particular, who…
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October 27, 2017

Diversity Abroad and At Home

Yesterday, Kenyans went to the polls a second time to elect their president. This was due to the results from the first election of August 8, 2017 being contested and subsequently annulled. As I read about the new round of elections, I came across this quote: The crisis has aggravated ethnic divides within Kenya that many believed were declining in…
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Diversity: Managing Differences
September 30, 2017

Potato? Or Patattah?

As I watched reports and read commentaries on the professional US athletes taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, I was reminded of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs: You say “potato.” I say “patattah” You say “tomato.” I say creole, “tamayda.” Oh let’s call the whole thing off. The lyrics tell the story of…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
August 14, 2017

How Google Could Have Responded

By now you’ve heard about the 10-page essay by James Damore, a now former Google senior engineer. It’s a scenario I’m sure is familiar to you: Damore voiced a divergent* perspective in a document at Google. His comments went viral and offended many. There were several calls that he be fired. Google published the obligatory “such behavior does not reflect…
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Diversity: Managing Representation
July 17, 2017

I Dare You!

If you are going to dream, dare to make it happen. Sounds like something you’d see on one of those inspirational posters or a famous movie quote from some legendary icon of heroism. I’m not sure if it is one of these or not, but I am sure that I was recently a part of someone’s “dream come true.” And…
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Diversity: Managing Representation
June 10, 2017

Chicago Reparations

Reparations On May 6, 2015, the city of Chicago approved an ordinance to give $5.5. million in reparations to largely African-American victims of systemic police torture from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.  In addition to the financial compensation, the ordinance calls for the Council to issue a formal apology, for the construction of a memorial to the victims,…
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Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
May 28, 2017

Fire ‘Em

Our Favorite New Phrase “Fire ‘em!” How many times have we read those words? Or maybe we’ve even said them ourselves.  When we hear about an offensive act someone has committed, our senses of right and wrong are activated and we demand justice. The silicon Valley CEO who donated to California’s Proposition 8; The school administrator who thought a menu…
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Diversity: Managing Representation
April 20, 2017

Can You Act?

Recently, I saw “The Taste of Sunrise” play at Wheelock Theater.  The actors and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters did an excellent job in this production.  But I must admit, for a few minutes when the play started, I couldn’t focus on the play itself. Mind Jolt You see, the play is set in the early 1900s. In one of…
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