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Achieving Results: D&I Actions with Impact.

“A stuck pattern is emerging.  Seven in ten respondents to a survey conducted by Newsweek Vantage: Achieving Results: D&I Actions with Impact, say the topic is clearly visible on the strategy of their organization.  Still, just two in five express that they are on track to achieve their D&I goals … and just a minority of those off track say they ‘could be doing more to support D&I.’” GDIB newsletter readers participated in the survey and many of our GDIB Expert Panelists, users and colleagues give examples of what to do. The report is free.  Expert Panelist Lisa Kepinski  and colleague, Veronika Hucke, conducted the survey and co-authored this report that provides many tips.

In the Executive Summary Lisa and Veronika offer Three Insights for Effective Outcomes.

  1. Drive as Any Other Change Process – Organizations that have a comprehensive change process are much more likely to be on track with their D&I goals
  2. Consider the Actions You Take – Organizations successfully driving D&I efforts have a focus on creating systemic change vs. stand-along activities
  3. Embrace Business Opportunities – Organizations not leveraging diversity for outreach and innovation miss out on key benefits of a diverse and inclusive organization.

The report is filled with insightful statistics, graphics, quotes, and many practical suggestions.  It is ideal for circulating to your leaders, council members, ERGs and others.

Look for insights provided by these GDIB colleagues:

•  Page 6:  Katherine Phillips, Professor at Columbia University, New York City, USA

•  Page 10: Nadia Younes, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA

•  Page 17: Nia Joynson-Romanzina, iCubed—Innovation, Inclusion, Interaction, Switzerland

•  Page 17:  Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership in the School of Management at Cranfield University, UK

•  Page 24:  Steve Humerickhouse, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Minneapolis, MN, USA

•  Page 24:  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP), Portland, OR, USA

•  Page 26: Ralph de Chabert, Brown-Forman, Louisville, KY, USA

•  Page 28:  Julie O’Mara, The Centre for Global Inclusion, Las Vegas, NV, USA

To download the full report (it’s free) go here http://www.newsweek.com/diversity-inclusion-actions-impact-download-workplace-articles-study-689453

NBA D&I Playbook Based on GDIB

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has provided its 30 North American men’s basketball teams with a “Playbook on D&I” based in part on the GDIB.  Melissa Palarea, Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion, says “We adapted the GDIB by excerpting the categories that correspond to the eight areas of focus within our integrated strategic approach to D&I: vision and strategy, measurement and accountability, talent life cycle, communications, fan experience, community engagement and social responsibility, inclusive culture, and supplier diversity.”  She explained that the Playbook was given to each team in a training program.  Oris Stuart, Senior Vice President and CDIO and a member of The Centre’s Global Advisory Board, adds: “Diversity and inclusion are core values of the NBA. The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks have been an invaluable tool as we work to further integrate D&I into our efforts across all three of our leagues and at each of our teams. The GDIB provide a clear view for each enterprise to see where it is currently on the continuum and what to work on to improve and reach the next level.”

For additional information, contact:
Melissa Palarea
mpalarea@nba.com
+ 1 212/407-8572

For information about customizing the GDIB for your needs, please sign the permission agreement and contact:
Julie O’Mara
julie.omara@centreforglobalinclusion.org
+1 702-541-8920

GDIB, Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane receiving the GDIB Vanguard Award during #GDIBSeattle.

Barbara Deane Receives GDIB Vanguard Award

Barbara Deane truly embodies the essence of a Vanguard in being at the forefront of developing ideas, inspiring others and having an innate ability to drive and make things happen. Her work as a Diversity & Inclusion professional over several decades reflects her internal commitment to making the world a better place through education, information, bringing people together and action for positive change.

She is co-founder and vice-president of The GilDeane Group, a Hispanic and woman-owned firm based in Seattle that provides consulting and training services on diversity, inclusion and intercultural effectiveness. She founded Diversity Central which is an on-line resource. She is co-founder of the NorthWest Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative venture on the part of progressive companies and organizations to build a diversity education resource in the Greater Seattle Area. Barbara has made her mark globally as a thought leader.

In addition to her already full-time workload, Barbara is a member of the board and coordinator of The Diversity Collegium, a think tank of internal and external diversity professionals. She is an active Expert Panelist for the GDIB. She is engaged as a Board member with Mexican folkloric dance group. And she is always there to support many in the field.

Her energy–a bit like the infamous “energizer bunny” — seems boundless. It is because she knows what is important and what needs to be done to build a better today and tomorrow.

It is with great pleasure that we present Barbara with The Centre for Global Inclusion’s Vanguard Award. Barbara, thank you for all you do–know that you and your work are valued and respected by those around you. Note: Expert Panelist Michael Wheeler helped write the award. Effenus Henderson, HenderWorks, Inc. and Joey McGuinness, Marketing and Outreach Manager for ISDI (Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion), members of the Seattle Launch Planning team (pictured above with Barb), helped keep it a secret.

GDIB Seattle Talks D&I at Google

by: Barbara Deane, GDIB Expert Panelist

September 27 was a “hot” night in Seattle—both in temperature and attendance as close to 200 people flowed into Google, the Platinum and Venue Host for the Seattle GDIB Launch event.

The Launch planning team dubbed the event a “huge success” on many levels: “The GDIB, the highlight of the event, was well received—people are hungry for tools and want more,” Effenus Henderson, noted. Terry Loving was excited to “see the energy around the networking.”  Effenus and Terry are both members of the planning team.

“People didn’t know each other and were surprised and pleased to meet others interested in D&I,” discovered Randall Lane, Expert Panelist. “No matter what level of career, stage or status of the organizations, and or depth of knowledge – the GDIB provided a overview that allowed everyone to audit their practices for the better,” offered Steven Matly. “I loved the question about Intersectionality,” said Barbara Deane, Expert Panelist, “the person wanted to know how the GDIB is handling this issue!” Steven and Barbara are both planning team members and Randall, a presenter at the event.

More than 100 organizations were represented at the event.

Additional Sponsors included Outreach (GOLD Sponsor), Zillow Group (Silver Sponsor), BECU (Bronze Sponsor), and SM Diversity, Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion, The Diversity Collegium, and the Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Attendee Reactions

One participant described the GDIB Launch as a “Spa day for my soul!” Another shared that “practitioners need to be held” further noting how important it is for people doing this work to come together—to talk, commune, share their feelings and their struggles.

Another participant remarked, “True belonging is when you don’t have to ask if you belong. [This is] what I look for, what sparks me to continue down this path.”

The Planning Team believed the event’s success was also due to its collaborative approach and the diversity of participants and organizations involved; the combination of Funding Sponsors, Promotional Sponsors, GDIB Expert Panelists, Sector Panelists and Breakout Session Captains created an eclectic forum where participants could share stories, have meaningful discussions, even disagree.

Nineteen Promotional Sponsors, who agreed to promote the event to their lists, “sold out” the free event in 2.5 days. They included: Adaquest, Artimus Connection Strategists, Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, DiverseCity, LLC, DiversityCentral.com, Eastside Race Leadership Coalition, Executive Development Institute, Figure 8 Consulting, LLC, Global Peaceful Paths, Henderworks Consulting, Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, HR West, Insperity, NW Diversity Learning Series, ReBoot Seattle – Career Accelerator for Women; The Bright Group, and Uniquely HR.

More than 250 people signed up on the wait list and the Planning Team has decided to host a webinar on November 3, 2017, for those who could not get into the Launch event.

The Launch Event Program

Eric Young, vice president and site lead for Google Seattle & Kirkland opened the event with a rousing welcome and a quick introduction to the Google approach to D&I, then Kirk Mead, director of Development and Communications for the Technology Access Foundation took over as Master of Ceremonies. Julie O’Mara, GDIB co-author joined for a virtual cameo appearance. And as a surprise to GDIB Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane, Julie announced that she was the second recipient of the GDIB Vanguard Award for those leading the way in new ideas, actions and movements [see related article].

During the first hour of the event, Expert Panelists (EPs), Barbara Deane and Randall Lane, both local to Seattle, introduced the GDIB via a “conversation” about it.

The Sector Response Panel rounded out the first hour capturing the audience’s interest with their stories and experiences related to two questions:

1. What is one of the primary Diversity and Inclusion challenges your organizations faces?

2. How have you dealt with this challenge systemically?

The Panelists were:

  • Traci Fuller, Global Talent Diversity & Inclusion Manager, The Boeing Company, (Corporate respondent)
  • Marty Kooistra, Executive Director, Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County (Non-profit respondent)
  • Michael Benitez, CDO and Dean for D&I, University of Puget Sound (Higher Education respondent)
  • Ken Wong, Supervisor of Equity and Student Success, Bellevue School District and recently been with the City of Redmond (Government respondent). Ken is also a GDIB user.

The second hour of the event featured 15 Breakout Sessions facilitated by experienced practitioners. The switch to Breakouts created lots of excitement as 25 Googlers (Google employees attending the event) lined up around the big meeting room (called The Center of the Universe) with their colorful high-held numbered signs to guide participant to their respective rooms.

Breakout Sessions & Captains (facilitators):

#1 –  Inclusive Leadership in Disruptive Times, Effenus Henderson, Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion

#2 –  How to Craft a D&I Strategy, Venus Rekow, CEO, Neural Shifts

#4 –  D&I in Workplace Planning and Performance,  Tammy Pitre, Senior Statewide Workforce Planning Strategist, WA State Office of Financial Management/Statewide Human Resources

#5 –  Grassroots Diversity. The Art of Thinking Independently Together, Amanda Townsend, HR Program Manager, & Kim Weed, Talent Management Leader, Outreach (GOLD Sponsor)

#6 –  Leaders Have a Role in Women Leaders’ Success, Mikaela Kiner, Founder CEO, Uniqely HR

#7 –  Changing Outcomes for Recruitment & Retention, Detective Carrie McNally, Recruiter, Seattle Police Dept.

#8 –  Recruiting for Diversity, Kyle Schnell, Recruiting Manager, & Jennifer Daniel, Sourcer, BECU (BRONZE Sponsor)

#9 –  (Re)Imagining Race Based Conversations, Joy Wiggins, Director, Global Peaceful Paths, & Toi Sing Woo, Founder, New Directions Consulting, LLP

#10 –  The Pick and Roll to Change: Using Basketball as a Metaphor to Progress Diversity in the Workplace,

Cindi Bright, President, The Bright Group

#11 –  The D&I-Sustainability Bridge: How Can Effective D&I Advance Performance on Material Issues? Sun McElderry, Chief Engagement Officer, Framework LLC

#12 –   Ensuring D&I Success: Essential Elements Not To Overlook, Michelle Perez, Principal, and Anna Nordstrom, Strategist, Artemis Connection

#13 –  How National Coverage of the Hate Movement Affects Bigotry at Work, at Home, and in Communities, Lonnie Lusardo, Principal Consultant, The Diversity Collaborative

#14 –  The Bamboo Ceiling and Asian-Americans in the Workplace,  Michael Villanueva, Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, The Boeing Company

#15 –  Shifting D&I Training from Inactive to Best Practice, Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Alaska Airlines

Final Hour Debrief

The final hour of the event opened a debrief in which attendees were invited to speak to one of three options:

1. Share your most important learning of the evening …

2. Share one significant thing you are taking back to your company or organization to implement, or …

3. Ask a question

Kirk Mead, the MC, invited participants to take the floor by catching a “ball toss”, then participants invited others to speak in the same way.

One participant shared, “Hate is driven by fear, those who are fearful are often disaffected, who don’t feel they are included. We have to make them a part of the D&I conversation.” Another asked a difficult question, “How can I engage in a civil conversation with someone who is okay with my demise?” Another asked, “How do we keep up the energy and commitment for this work?” One participant asked for “Version Two: Bring colleagues back to operationalize the GDIB—i.e., do another event!” Another asked for more “networking time” the next time! Finally, one person asked, “How do we change behaviors, to get soulful buy-in?”

The Launch Planning Team is deliberating about what they might do next to support what participants are asking for—more learning opportunities, more connections and networking, more D&I development.  We’ll see what comes next!

Globalism? Nationalism? Where is D&I Headed?

Editorial
by Alan Richter, Ph.D.,
Co-Author, Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks
Founding Board Member & Treasurer, The Centre for Global Inclusion


Diversity and Inclusion Measurement and AssessmentThere is every reason to talk about the future of our D&I field when so much is happening so fast in the world. The recent Brexit and Trump victories are now unfolding in interesting ways, and it may well be that the “populist” nationalism that they reflect is going to take a U-turn. At the heart of D&I is the concept of connectivity, the notion that as the world is “shrinking,” more and more connections are possible today and will expand in the future. Global connectivity is at the heart of the diversity and inclusion challenge, as more and more connections will be across differences that we need to manage peacefully and effectively. This in essence reflects the current globalism versus nationalism clash in the world. Globalism embraces connectivity, while the more fundamentalist nationalism repudiates inclusive connectivity. My hunch is that the current resurgence of nationalism will be short-lived. The recent election of Macron in France is a healthy sign hopefully marking the beginning of the downward trend in exclusive nationalism.

However, the US has still to work through this nationalism. With Trump as president we are seeing a move inward – away from global leadership – and this is reflected in the Pew Research Center’s research showing favorability ratings for the United States having declined steeply this year in many nations. The rare country where confidence in the US has grown is Russia. Pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership and Paris Climate Accord, reflects an abdication of the US as a global leader. The reputation of the US in the world is currently in great peril — to the extent that a narrow nationalism cannot come to terms with globalization.

And yet a country’s reputation cannot all be vested in the top leader. So much of American society is outward looking and embracing of globalization, and contradicting of Trump’s agenda. Many States and businesses are embracing the Paris climate accord, regardless. And attitudes around inclusion are changing very fast. A good example is attitudes to LGBTQ. According to the Pew Research Center in 2001, Americans supporting same-sex marriage was 35%, while in 2017 it had grown to a majority of 62%. The first national law providing for same sex marriage was in 2001 in the Netherlands. In 2017 same-sex marriage was legally recognized in 23 countries. Something to cheer about!

GDIB Seattle Launch Event—Wait List Only

When we said the Seattle GDIB Launch was hot in the last newsletter, we discovered it was “hotter” than we thought! Within in 2.5 days after the Promotional Sponsors sent the first round of invitations on August 15, the Seattle Launch “sold out”! That meant 200 people registered for the free event almost immediately and to date, 160 people have signed on to the wait list.

The Seattle GDIB Launch event is scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 27, 2017, 5:30 to 9:00 pm. The planning team is currently working with Google, the Venue and Platinum Sponsor, to expand the seating capacity, although space will continue to be limited due to the break out spaces available. Those on the wait list will be notified if there is space for them to attend. Therefore, please continue to register at http://bit.ly/GDIBpromo.

In addition to Google, the Launch Event is sponsored by Outreach, the Gold Sponsor, Boeing Employees Credit Union, the Bronze Sponsor, and Zillow has signed on as the Silver Sponsor. All GDIB Launches are also sponsored by The Diversity Collegium and The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Promotional Sponsors include DiverseCityLLC, ReBoot Accel – Career Accelerator for Women, Executive Development Institute, Artemis Connection Strategists, CCDI, LinkedSeattle, Global Peaceful Paths, Uniquely HR, DiversityCentral.com, figure 8 CONSULTING, HR West 2018, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Bright Group, adaQuest, Henderworks, Inc., Housing Development Consortium, Insperity, NW Diversity Learning Series, and Eastside Race & Leadership Coalition!

The planning team includes Steven Matly, SM Diversity, a leader in D&I staffing and recruitment and D&I events and workshops, including the well-attended D&I Hackathons in Seattle; Effenus Henderson and Barbara Deane (EP), co-directors of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion that presents the 19 year-long NW Diversity Learning Series; Donna Stringer (EP), Cross-Cultural Consultant, one of the top authors of intercultural training materials and a respected D&I consultant, and Terry Loving of Linked:Seattle, for executives and business owners, the largest Seattle group on LinkedIn.

The first hour of the event (the Program) includes an overview of the GDIB by Randall Lane, GDIB Expert Panelist (EP), Cisco (Ret.) and Barbara Deane, EP, followed by a panel representing four sectors: CORPORATE: Traci Fuller, Global D&I Manager, The Boeing Company; HIGHER ED: Michael Benitez, Jr., Ph.D., CDO and Dean of D&I, University of Puget Sound; NOT-FOR-PROFIT: Marty Kooistra, Exec. Director, Housing Development Consortium; GOVERNMENT: Ken Wong, Administrator, Teen Programs, City of Redmond (GDIB user)

The event’s agenda has four parts:

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm :: Registration, networking, & cool food

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm :: The Program with speakers and sectors’ panel

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm :: 15 Breakout Sessions (Captains share their stories of D&I work in organizations and facilitate lots of dialogue)

  1. Inclusive Leadership in Disruptive Times, Effenus Henderson, ISDI
  2. How to Craft a D&I Strategy, Venus Rekow, Neural Shifts
  3. A Culture of Belonging: ERGs as Venues for Dialogue & Growth, Cindy, Ogasawara, Gates Foundation
  4. D&I in Workplace Planning and Performance, Tammy Pitre, WA State Office of Financial Management
  5. Grassroots Diversity. The Art of Thinking Independently Together, Amanda Townsend & Kim Weed, Outreach
  6. Leaders Have a Role in Women Leaders’ Success, Mikaela Kiner, Uniqely HR
  7. Changing Outcomes for Recruitment & Retention With Intention and Continuous Improvement, Carrie McNally, Seattle Police Dept
  8. Recruiting for Diversity, Kyle Schnell & Jennifer Daniel, BECU
  9. (Re)Imagining Race Based Conversations, Joy Wiggins, Global Peaceful Paths Toi Sing Woo
  10. The Pick and Roll to Change: Using Basketball as a Metaphor to Progress Diversity in the Workplace, Cindi Bright, The Bright Group
  11. The D&I-Sustainability Bridge: How Can Effective D&I Advance Performance on Material Issues? Sun McElderry, Framework LLC
  12. Ensuring D&I Success: Essential Elements Not To Overlook, Christy Johnson, Artemis
  13. How National Coverage of the Hate Movement Affects Bigotry at Work, at Home, and in Communities, Lonnie Lusardo, The Diversity Collaborative
  14. Title TBD, Michael Villanueva (waiting for affiliation)
  15. TBD

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ::  Attendee Feedback: what folks have learned, what they’ll take back to their organizations, Q&A, and explore potential next steps

We will follow up in October and let you know how it all went!

Become a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional

Logo for the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion

Expert Panelist, Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, and the CCIP Team at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first exam, on November 21st, to become a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIPTM). CCDI has for many years incorporated the GDIB into its assessment tools, programs, events, and publications, and was the Canadian partner for 2016 GDIB launch events.

After a long consultation involving more than 200 diversity and inclusion practitioners across Canada, CCDI has created a rigorous certification process to assess practitioners’ experience, skills and knowledge, with a particular focus on the Canadian context and legislation. As a diversity and inclusion practitioner, this exciting opportunity offers formal recognition of your experience and will boost your career. To be eligible to enter the certification process, you must have at least three years of relevant diversity and inclusion work experience and at least two references who can attest to this work.

To become certified, first you will write a multiple-choice exam, which can be taken remotely. Then you will prepare and submit a Professional Experience Dossier. Once you’ve successfully completed these two steps, you will become a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional: your name will be added to an online registry of CCIPs on the CCDI website and you will be able to add CCIP to your signature! If you sign up as part of the first group, you will enjoy unique advantages.

For more information, please visit the website at http://ccdi.ca/products/diversity-leadership/professional-designation/ and download the CCIP Certification Handbook, or email the CCDI at ccip.certification@ccdi.ca. Hurry! Registration closes on October 9, 2017.

 

GREG JENKINS WINS THE TAGLINE CONTEST!

Greg Jenkins!

Research. Education. Solutions.

Image of Greg JenkinsIt was just a little over a month ago when we invited Expert Panelists, friends and select users of the GDIB to help us with the task of creating a tagline for The Centre. We went on to receive a total of 61 entries from 17 different participants within the course of a week.

On July 25, Greg Jenkins of Greg Jenkins Consulting entered a total of 18 submissions for our new tagline contest, and while there were more than a few strong contenders, one stood out above all the rest. “Research, Educate, Shift” was the original entry. It was number 16 on the list and it resonated most with the deciding members of The Centre Circle.

One of its strongest selling points was its call to research and education—the core of our mission. In addition to its spot on messaging was its simplicity. In just three words, we had a succinct (all-be-it, general) list of steps to our process, a mantra to repeat to get us through the day and honestly, just a good way to approach a number of life’s challenges in general.

Greg describes himself as a “Service Disabled Veteran who loves serving as a dedicated and passionate diversity & inclusion (D&I) consultant, trainer, facilitator and mentor. I’m a life-long learner of diversity, inclusion, leadership and culture, and I care about helping people and organizations learn and grow in order to become higher performing. I love what I do!” When we contacted Greg about his winning entry, he had this to say:

“Julie & Alan, I thank you, and the wonderful [expert panelists] who’s vision, hard work and insights I’ve admired for many years.  It’s an honor to be included in such impressive company.  I look forward to [the] next steps and am glad we have a new tagline.  Onward and upward!”

We here at The Centre would like to thank all of you who contributed tagline suggestions—we had a hard time deciding but it was fun sorting through the choices and further solidifying the core values of The Centre brand.

We also need to thank the authors and prize donators for the contest;  Bev Kaye, Mary-Frances Winters, Charlotte Sweeney & Fleur Bothwick, and Ilene Wasserman and Beth Fisher-Yoshida.

Once again, thanks to all who participated!

Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa: Guidelines for Leading Inclusively

New Book by Expert Panelist Nene Molefi:

Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa: Guidelines for Leading Inclusively

This quote by Justice Edwin Cameron—a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa who is well known for his HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism and was hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes” speaks volumes about the contribution Nene Molefi has made to the country and D&I work. “The ideas and experiences shared by author Nene Molefi speak directly to the troubling prejudices and inequities that persist in our world. Diversity and inclusion are more pressing than ever. Injustices and deep social divisions persist, personally and systemically. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of fear and hatred are not isolated. They remain embedded and they demand courageous, deliberate work. In this book, Nene uses her own story to cast a bright light on the transformation journey. Nene’s book quite vulnerably takes the reader on Nene’s personal journey. In addition to the deeply personal content, each chapter ends with practical guidelines on how to lead inclusively. Nene’s book offers hope and substance in our vision of a diverse and inclusive and just society.”

Over the past two decades, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought-leader in diversity and inclusion, values-driven leadership and transformation. She has authored numerous publications, including contributing to the book Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line. She is a member of The Diversity Collegium, a think tank of globally-recognised diversity experts, an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, and a board member of The Centre for Global Inclusion. She is an associate lecturer at GIBS on Global Diversity and Unconscious Bias, as well as an associate lecturer on Transformation Strategy for the Stellenbosch Business School. She is a sought- after speaker for conferences around the world. The book, published by Knowledge Resources, is available as an e-book and hard copy. Find it online at www.kr.co.za.

 

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