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Issue: 15 November, 2017

Welcome to the new and improved (can something be both new AND improved?) GDIB Newsletter! The year 2017 has been an eventful one and and we're looking to finish strong. We are thankful to all who have participated in our journey and hope to grow with you in the years to come.
A selection of past GDIB Launch Event & Exhibit Sponsors.
Featured News
“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. 
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 ..."

Upcoming Conferences
As we look to the future, we eagerly anticipate gatherings and dialogues with our colleagues and friends on social media (follow us @TheCentreSocial ) and at conferences around the globe.

First up, The Conference Board of Canada 's, " Diversity and Inclusion 2017: The Power of Inclusion " in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 11 and 12. As a special thank you for reading our newsletter, you will receive 25% off when you use the code " SPKRF " when registering.

Up Next are the GDIB and D&I Programs in Pakistan. Both programs are sponsored by HR Metrics. " D&I Conference 2018: Research, Awards, Training & Publication " takes place 7 March and " D&I Champions Program " is on 9 March.

There's no way we could ever forget the Forum on Workplace Inclusion " Power the Future!" from April 10 to 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. We have just received word that several of our GDIB Expert Panelists, colleagues and users are on the program!

Last but not least, our very own GDIB Launch Event " We've Learned What Works " on Monday April 16 from 3-8pm in New York City, USA!

That might seem like a lot but there's more to tell! Get into the details below.
Diversity and Inclusion 2017: The Power of Inclusion
December 11 & 12, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Promo Code (25% off): SPKRF

D & I Conference 2018: Research, Awards,Training & Publication
7 March, 2018

D & I Champions Program
9 March, 2018

Power the Future!
April 10 - 12, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

We've Learned What Works!
April 16, 2018
New York, New York, USA

Upcoming GDIB Launch Events
Johannesburg (TBD)
Philadelphia (TBD)
New York City - 04.16.18
Pittsburgh (TBD)
Orange County (TBD)
Sydney (TBD)
Meet Our GDIB Expert Panelists
Our GDIB Expert Panelists are the thinkers and contributors behind the GDIB. They have contributed to the development of our latest editions, guide us in preparing for the next update, and serve as strategic partners. This month we feature these four:
Joel Brown
Beverly Kaye
Farrah Qureshi
Tanya Cruz Teller
In Case You Missed It
Here are some key highlights from earlier this year.
at Google
"The Centre"
New Home of the GDIB
Barbara Deane receives
GDIB Vanguard Award
in upcoming editions of the GDIB Newsletter
About the GDIB: The GDIB— Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World —helps organizations of all sizes, in a variety of sectors and industries, using a variety of approaches to D&I work to achieve high-quality D&I outcomes. First published in 2006, the 2016 edition is authored by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists. It is sponsored by The Diversity Collegium, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of diversity and inclusion through think tank dialogues, symposia, research, and publications. The GDIB is free and may be downloaded at The Centre site .
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