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Issue: 12 February, 2019
If you are attending The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
(April 16 to 18, 2019 in Minneapolis USA)
We want to invite you to a dinner work session on Wednesday the 17th to plan for the fifth edition of the Global D&I Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World . Please let us know if you want to receive an invitation.
Here's what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
Inclusion Allies Coalition
February 13 Webinar
Decolonizing Wealth
Book Review
Tips on 5 More Benchmark Categories from Experts & Users
DEI Futures Initiative
Update Six Actions
Be Future Fluent
Nancy DiTomaso Wins Contest
Seeking More Volunteers
GDIB Editorial Board
Status Update on
French GDIB Translation
CulturePoint: Black Dialect in Courtrooms, Consequences
Congratulations
Bernardo Ferdman!
Forum on Workplace Inclusion
2 Months Away
LatinX in the
Conversation on Race
The Charter for
Global Diversity
TIME SENSITIVE
TOMORROW!!!!  Please note that the Inclusion Allies Coalition is scheduling a free Webinar for its members at noon Eastern US time – tomorrow, February 13. Topic: “Never Again.” How We Are Impacted By and Respond to Increasing Anti-Semitism. Go here to learn more and register. You must be a member to register, but membership is free and you can easily and quickly join.
DECOLONIZING WEALTH
by Edgar Villanueva
Reviewer: Natasha Aruliah, Consultant, Facilitator and Coach in Intercultural, Diversity, Equity & Social Justice. 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
She is a participant in the DEI Futures Initiative and is writing a book on Identity and its importance to practioners in working effectively across difference.
This book was written for those in finance and wealth management such as in foundations, philanthropists, and bankers. As Villanueva states, it is aimed mainly at white, middle-aged, straight men. However, there is a lot to be gained for all professions and particularly for those working in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Using the teachings and worldview of his own Indigenous culture he offers a way to reframe our relationship to money and decolonise the systems in which we deal with money. However, for those new and not so new to the concept of decolonising, he offers a very accessible opportunity to explore Indigenous worldviews and principles that are fundamental to Indigenous ways of being and doing and how they can help heal the wounds of colonialsim and oppression.
STORIES OF D&I BEST PRACTICES
TIPS ON 5 MORE BENCHMARK CATEGORIES
FROM GDIB EXPERTS AND USERS
Last month, we gave you the first five tips and learning points from the GDIB webinar series hosted by  HR Metrics in Pakistan  and presented by Expert Panelists and friends of The Centre: Cathy Leonard, Nene Molefi, Jerry Solomons, Tom Verghese, Ilene Wasserman, Renee Yuengling, and Nadia Younes. We are appreciative to our experts for donating their time and talent to this event. Please check out the learning tips and points for your information. We will feature the last of the tips from the rest of the sessions in the March GDIB newsletters.
ABOUT THE DEI FUTURES INITIATIVE
DEI FUTURES INITIATIVE UPDATE
ANNOUNCING 6 ACTIONS TO HELP
ENSURE A FUTURE WHERE DEI LEADS!
What will it take to envision a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion are ever present and woven into every aspect of life?   This is the question individuals from across the world have been exploring together for the past 18 months through participation in the DEI Futures Initiative. As a culmination of the initial phase of the initiative, The Centre for Global Inclusion and The FutureWork Institute will soon be officially launching six recommended actions we believe global leaders and influencers must do to create a better future for all. 

These are provided to you now in advance – what we call a “sneak peak.” Please do not share them with others until we officially announce them. The six actions are:   
 
  • Be future fluent.  
  • Influence the future through diversity, equity and inclusive activism. 
  • Mend polarities that drive wedges in our societies. 
  • Infuse ethics and mitigate bias in artificial intelligence, technology, and human integration. 
  • Realize the benefits and consequences of demographic changes, especially health, aging, and abilities. 
  • Confront economic, environmental, and social inequities that perpetuate disparities.

Go here to see a 2-minute video overview of the Initiative.
BE FUTURE FLUENT!
NANCY DITOMASO WINS THE CONTEST
As part of our DEI Futures Initiative, The Centre for Global Inclusion and The FutureWork Institute have released  25 Future Trends Cards  giving insightful looks into the future of food, clothing, medicine, and more. One of the six actions of The DEI Futures Initiative is to be future fluent. Knowing these trends and passing them along will help meet this goal. The various topics that we’ve covered thus far came with a plethora of different terms and new vocabulary. For fun, we asked our readers to define five specific terms from all the Future Trends Cards posted to date (without rereading the articles) as a review before we sent out new cards. The five terms were cryptocurrency, singularity, ESIs, CRISPR, and blockchain.   
 
While there were many who made up very creative definitions, one person managed to define 4 out of the 5 terms correctly, and that person was, Dr. Nancy DiTomaso. Congratulations Nancy and thank you to everyone who participated! Here are the definitions to all five terms:
FROM & ABOUT THE CENTRE & THE GDIB
SEEKING MORE VOLUNTEERS
FOR THIS NEWSLETTER EDITORIAL BOARD
We have five volunteers for this Newsletter Editorial Board and seek a few more. Please let us know if you are interested. We are especially interested in volunteers from these world regions:

  • Africa
  • Mexico, Central, and South America
  • EU countries
  • Middle East
  • Asia

We plan to announce the Editorial Board members in the March newsletter. Again, please let us know if you're interested.
STATUS REPORT ON THE FRENCH
TRANSLATION OF THE GDIB
Progress is being made on the French Translation of the GDIB and it is going to be an excellent translation. We’re very excited. More information is coming in the March newsletter, including the date it will be available.

There is still time to become a sponsor of this translation and have your logo and description included in the French GDIB. Please email us if you are interested.
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
 DEI 2025 – FUTURE FLUENT GLOBAL SUMMIT
IN INDIA APRIL 3 & 4, 2019
Consider attending this summit. Go here to learn more and register. Speakers include several people who are also involved in The Centre’s and FuureWork Institute DEI Futures Project, including: Alan Richter, Bjørn Z. Ekelund, Duncan Smith, Howard Ross, Leslie Traub, Lynda White, Margaret Regan, and Michael Stuber. Dr. Niru Kumar, also a speaker, is the summit chair.
CULTUREPOINT RESEARCH RESULTS:   
SPEAKING BLACK DIALECT IN COURTROOMS 
CAN HAVE STRIKING CONSEQUENCES
Renée Yuengling is a GDIB Expert Panelist and Principal of CulturePoint, a diverse team of professionals with significant global and cultural expertise offering proven real-world solutions for leaders who manage today’s complicated, diverse workforce. Two of Renee’s CulurePoint partners, Taylor Jones and Jessie Kalbfeld, recently published a research project on whether or not court reporters, judges, and attorneys understand the nuances of African American English and the impact that has on criminal justice in the court room. The quick note on the findings is that “they don’t.”  This timely and relevant research has been picked up by news outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and NPR.
CONGRATULATIONS,
BERNARDO FERDMAN, SCP AWARD RECIPIENT!
The Centre is proud to announce that GDIB Expert Panelist, Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D. has been selected by the Society of Consulting Psychology to receive its 2018 Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting. Bernardo is the second recipient of this award, presented to individuals widely recognized as having outstanding skills and a sustained record of excellence in the D&I field. See newsletter below for information on a one-day workshop Bernardo is leading on February 26th.  
WE'RE TWO MONTHS AWAY
For 31 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® annual conference has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow professional leadership and effectiveness skills in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The socio-political environments in which we live and work around the world are testing our personal values and beliefs. Separate realities and opposing viewpoints often collide making it difficult to identify or address the systemic and polarizing gaps perpetuating obstacles to inclusion. Let’s change that – together. Register for the 31st  annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion as we work to  Bridge the Gap .

As you register be sure to read the descriptions for all the sessions. This year is an especially great selection – well worth close study and pre-planning. Be sure to note the special sessions on Bold Conversations which have been designed by Expert Panelist Mary-Frances Winters. They are designed in response to some deep, timely issues. Go here to read about them.
Go here for additional information about the program and registration

Also please note the free Coaching sessions – you need to sign up in advance .
LATINX IN THE CONVERSATION ON RACE
“Every Day Conversations on Race for Every Day People” is a podcast hosted by  The Inclusionist  and friend of the GDIB, Simma Lieberman. The podcast brings people together across race and culture for open, comfortable conversations about race in a casual setting to close the racial divide. In Episode 22: LatinX in the Conversation on Race, Simma talks with GDIB Expert Panelist, Bernardo Ferdman and Placida Gallegos. They touch on topics of colorism, sexism, ethnicity, and race in the Latino culture. 
 
Listen to the episode below or visit  raceconvo.com  for more information and to sign up for future episodes.
YOUR IDEAS ARE NEEDED FOR
THE CHARTER FOR GLOBAL DIVERSITY
Global Dynamics, Inc., is spearheading the development of a Charter for Global Diversity. Neal Goodman, Ph.D., president, requests your participation. Although this is not a project of The Centre for Global Inclusion, we thought you might like to know about it. The Charter is an open source (handbook) for our community for all to learn from each other. Please contribute your insights and experiences. Your edits, best practices, resources, case studies, and ‘danger zones’ will be available to all to share. We ask that you take 5 minutes to add your insights and experiences to this Google Docs site.
TOOLS
Free Multicultural Calendar
GDIB Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.

DEI Futures Project,
Future Trend Cards
A collection of future trends is being curated and posted regularly by GDIB Expert Panelist Margaret Regan.
FEATURED 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:
Helen Jackson
Luby Ismail
Hans Jablonski
Jae Requiro
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
WHERE THE GDIB IS INCLUDED
Please send us information if you are presenting on the GDIB (or including it in a presentation – even a short mention) at a conference or workshop that is open to the public. See the User Tools section of the website for slides and handouts you can use. Please let us know if you are attending any of the conferences so we can make connections. And please spread the word about these sessions to your networks.
Winter Institute for
Intercultural Communication

March 12-15, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

White Privilege Conference

March 20 to 23, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA


E3 Equity in Action Summit

April 4 to 5, 2019
San Rafael, California, USA

DEI 2025-
The Future Fluent Global Summit

April 3 & 4, 2019
New Delhi, INDIA


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion 31st Annual Conference

April 16 to 18, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

PUBLIC COURSES/WEBINARS OFFERED
BY EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
Listed here are programs offered by GDIB Expert Panelists and Alliances. Many are offered numerous times on an ongoing basis. While these courses may not be specifically about the GDIB, the content will be helpful in achieving many of the GDIB benchmarks. If you are an Expert Panelist or Alliance and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
Training & Education
courses including
by The Winters Group
Multiple Webinars
multiple topics
by Inclusion Allies Coalition
Unconscious Bias
courses including
 by Cook Ross
Bernardo Ferdman
presents
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support by providing slides, handouts, and ideas. Go to our site and explore. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing these resources. Please help by adding to what we offer.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
CFA GDIB Project and
Ideas for Progress
Inclusive Society Via
Corporate Social Engagement
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About the free 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 2017 edition is authored by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists. It is presented by The Centre for Global Inclusion. The GDIB and its User Tools are free and may be downloaded at The Centre site .
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