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April Thomas

As a music composer, performer and conductor, April brings a unique approach to diversity management, by merging the technical and creative concepts found in high-performance orchestras with the award-winning methodology of her father, the late Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., who was hailed globally as the Father of Diversity.

Requirements: A “Quiet Quitting” Antidote? Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
September 4, 2022

Requirements: A “Quiet Quitting” Antidote?

I caught up on some overdue reading over the holiday weekend and decided to wear my “Content Curator” hat today.  Everyone is talking about “Quiet Quitting” (QQ).  Per Wikipedia: The philosophy of quiet quitting is not abruptly leaving a job but doing exactly what the job requires, no more no less. The main objective of this mindset is avoiding occupational…
BLM Actions By Paradigm Uncategorized
April 14, 2021

BLM Actions By Paradigm

default Greetings Deconstructing Inclusion Participants: It was a pleasure meeting and talking with you. I look forward to continuing the conversation and sharing about the actions we've each taken! Click the link below to download the chart of BLM Actions by Paradigm. BLM Actions by Paradigm   Thank you, April Thomas CSO
MLK & Personal Commitment Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing RepresentationDiversity: Managing the MarketplaceDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
April 4, 2018

MLK & Personal Commitment

I was a Yankee baby, born in Framingham Union Hospital in Massachusetts. But I was raised a Georgia Peach! So I remember marching in the first parade celebrating the MLK holiday; making arts and crafts to commemorate the occasion; traveling up and down MLK to get to piano lessons or my grandmother’s place. But after those days of my youth,…
UPS and Puppy Love 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…
12 White Blue-Eyed Blonde Men 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…
Diversity Abroad and At Home Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing RepresentationDiversity: Managing Workplace CultureGlobal Diversity
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…
Potato? Or Patattah? 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…
Did Google Pop Another Pimple? Diversity: Managing DifferencesDiversity: Managing the MarketplaceDiversity: Managing Workplace Culture
September 16, 2017

Did Google Pop Another Pimple?

Popping the Pimple We all remember being a teenager, right?  When we had a pimple on our face, and it felt like it could be seen from Mars? Truth be told, no one probably noticed it, but we were so distraught. So our response was to pop the pimple, thinking that would make it go away - only to have…
How Google Could Have Responded 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…
Chicago Reparations 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,…