by Alan Richter, Ph.D.,
Co-Author, Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks
Founding Board Member & Treasurer, The Centre for Global Inclusion
There 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!
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)
- Inclusive Leadership in Disruptive Times, Effenus Henderson, ISDI
- How to Craft a D&I Strategy, Venus Rekow, Neural Shifts
- A Culture of Belonging: ERGs as Venues for Dialogue & Growth, Cindy, Ogasawara, Gates Foundation
- D&I in Workplace Planning and Performance, Tammy Pitre, WA State Office of Financial Management
- Grassroots Diversity. The Art of Thinking Independently Together, Amanda Townsend & Kim Weed, Outreach
- Leaders Have a Role in Women Leaders’ Success, Mikaela Kiner, Uniqely HR
- Changing Outcomes for Recruitment & Retention With Intention and Continuous Improvement, Carrie McNally, Seattle Police Dept
- Recruiting for Diversity, Kyle Schnell & Jennifer Daniel, BECU
- (Re)Imagining Race Based Conversations, Joy Wiggins, Global Peaceful Paths Toi Sing Woo
- The Pick and Roll to Change: Using Basketball as a Metaphor to Progress Diversity in the Workplace, Cindi Bright, The Bright Group
- The D&I-Sustainability Bridge: How Can Effective D&I Advance Performance on Material Issues? Sun McElderry, Framework LLC
- Ensuring D&I Success: Essential Elements Not To Overlook, Christy Johnson, Artemis
- How National Coverage of the Hate Movement Affects Bigotry at Work, at Home, and in Communities, Lonnie Lusardo, The Diversity Collaborative
- Title TBD, Michael Villanueva (waiting for affiliation)
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hurry! Registration closes on October 9, 2017.
Research. Education. Solutions.
It 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!
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.
The Centre for Global Inclusion strives to make all pertinent information on this website accessible according to the guidelines provided by the W3W Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The WAI a worldwide initiative to make the Web more accessible for persons with disabilities, which is a critically important D&I goal.
Generally, the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB), follows the guidelines provided by the WAI. While the GDIB has been designed with accessibility in mind, there is still some work to do. For that reason and for further accommodation, we have also provided an Alternate Format version. Additionally, you may notice the new universal icon for accessibility located in the upper left hand corner of our site. This is a clickable button visitors with disabilities may push to assist with altering The Centre site in such a way that is more accommodating. Settings like font size, underlined links, and color contrasts may be controlled here.
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