No matter where you get your news, it’s obvious that we’re in the throes of a leadership crisis -- or three or five. President Trump’s head-scratching “surrender summit” in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin sent shockwaves across the globe. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May faced her biggest political setback as David Davis, the key Brexit negotiator, abruptly resigned because he could no longer, in good faith, go along with the exit strategy. And of course, Uber[...]
For millions of people around the world, the beginning of fall marks the advent of a bustling holiday season. In the United States, this time of year is also meant to honor the spirit of diversity with National Coming Out Day and Day of the Girl. Yet for all the talk of diversity and inclusion, we know that challenges and biases persist. We hear them in shocking political rhetoric, we’re witnessing shamed public figures being exposed for their indiscretions, and we continue to see them in corporate boardrooms. Sometimes it feels that every step forward is met with a few stumbles back. And the absence of genuine inclusion will thwart any efforts to advance the digital technologies that will drive our futures. Any meaningful change must come from within and occur locally. So let’s look at some more unconventional ways we can foster diversity for our business cultures and clients.
We regularly advocate for the power and importance of gender parity in the workforce. Stunning as it seems today, given the immense contributions of women professionals, gender equality remains an elusive goal around the world. Our ongoing challenges with creating a truly inclusive talent population really came to light two years ago when major tech companies published their lackluster diversity numbers. Even more troubling, women in their 30s are switching employers more frequently. The reason, according to a study by ICEDR (the International Consortium for Executive Development Research), may surprise a lot of business leaders. By understanding the causes and taking action, we can do even more to recruit and retain top women professionals.
Iconic actress Carrie Fisher passed away this December 27. The news shook many in Hollywood and devastated countless fans. However, it’s essential to understand why this loss has rattled the world. Fisher was not merely mourned because of her popularity as Princess Leia in the fabled Star Wars film franchise. She was in life, as in her films, an unrelenting and stalwart champion of diversity – a beacon of strength for women and the disabled. Her legacy reaches beyond a galaxy far, far away. She has left a powerful mark in this one, as well. Fisher used her celebrity as a pulpit from which to preach the importance of neurodiversity and gender equality. Fisher acted on her words and helped scores of people rise above discrimination. As we enter a new political climate, one where troubling threats to diversity have been promoted as potential policies, it is imperative that the staffing industry work harder than ever to ensure that businesses thrive in 2017 through the strength of diverse workforces.