Author: Stacey A. Gordon

Rework Work Launches New DEI Tool

We at Rework Work have been diligently working to develop a tool to help companies assess where they are in terms of cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am so excited to introduce you to the final product of those efforts: the Unbias Blueprint.

In this brief video, I explain the four-phase framework of this assessment tool, which will not only help your company identify its weaknesses in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) arena, but also how and when to start remediation of those weaknesses. I also share upcoming opportunities to learn more about DEI initiatives and how to move your company from awareness to advocacy.

Let our Unbias Blueprint help you embed DEI into your company’s DNA.

Stacey Talks Career Change with Samuel Adeyinka

Evolve Your Success founder Samuel Adeyinka sat down with me this week to talk about the dynamics of making a career change. Although Evolve Your Success focuses on connecting people with careers in the medical sales field, Samuel shares the top three things that candidates need to focus on across the board when looking to alter their career path.

We also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to rely on social media, providing a golden opportunity for both candidates and recruiters to give themselves a real presence and expand their network. Samuel and I offer up tips and effective strategies for how to prepare for interviews and the importance of networking the right way.

If you’re considering a career change, you can’t miss this interview. Also check out my LinkedIn Learning Course, “Making a Career Change” for additional resources to help you move forward.

Simply Good: Celebrating Diversity in September

Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish culture. Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

These “High Holy Days” are steeped in symbolic elements and rituals that go all the way back to the time of Moses. The more I learn about these traditions the more I see their relevance, even for those of us who aren’t Jewish. Who wouldn’t benefit from intentionally setting aside time to be grateful, reflective and to make amends where we need to?

September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, a commemoration established in 1988 to celebrate the history and influence of Hispanic Americans. Although events and festivities will look different this year, many places across the nation (and even the world) have developed creative and engaging ways to pay tribute to Hispanic culture.

We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection of articles. By growing in our understanding and appreciation of these diverse cultures, we are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. With all that 2020 has brought us thus far, who couldn’t use a fresh set of lenses?

Stacey Talks Political Correctness with LaVada English

LaVada English and I took time this week to have a comfortable conversation about uncomfortable conversations. LaVada is the owner of L English Consulting, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations develop cultural transformation strategies. In this episode, LaVada and I talk about political correctness, the power of the media, and how organizations can approach real change to build a legacy worth leaving.

In the current climate, honest discussions about race and diversity are being quickly dismissed for fear of “getting too political.” However, these issues are not of a political nature, but a human one. LaVada delves into how the media not only propagates this divide, but also intentionally uses it to deflect focus from the real issues. We also exchange ideas about how to develop a questioning attitude when it comes to what we see, enabling us to, “think above the fray.”

Finally, we talk diversity and inclusion in the workplace, highlighting key questions that organizational leaders should ask themselves long before bringing in a D&I consultant, and why it’s important to know and understand our country’s history with racism. As 2020 finds us repeating behaviors and responses from the 1960s, LaVada calls us to the mat with this challenge: Are we going to allow ourselves to go back to sleep when we have an opportunity to seek greater understanding?

The 10 Most Popular Courses Job Seekers Need to Watch

Looking for a new job during the pandemic can feel like a massive undertaking. We want to lighten the load. If you’re on the hunt for a new job, this list is for you. 

While typical skills like resume building and personal branding appear on this year’s list, those skills are not the ones topping the charts. Professionals looking for a job are watching courses that focus on skills like Strategic Thinking (#1 on the list), as well as Python, project management, and Excel—hard skills that are still essential in our new world of work.

Use our list of most-watched courses among job seekers to prioritize what you’re learning today and stand out in a tough job market. You can watch them for free until September 30, 2020. 


8. Writing a Resume

Instructor: Stacey A. Gordon

Course description: Finding a great job starts with writing a great resume that speaks to your personal and professional strengths. This course provides guidance on every aspect of writing a resume, and also offers a few extra job search tips such as identifying companies to work for and determining fit. 

Methodology: Based on global data from the LinkedIn Learning platform from July 1, 2019 through June 30 2020, among members identified as job seekers. Top courses are based on the number of unique learners.

View the full list on the LinkedIn Learning blog.

Stacey Talks Ageism with Vaughan Emsley

Generational marketing expert Vaughan Emsley joined me this week to discuss the somewhat-forgotten workplace bias of age discrimination. Vaughan is co-founder of Flipside, an agency that focuses on marketing to the 50 and older demographic. In our discussion, he shares data regarding the wealthiest group of individuals in the United States today (the 50+ crowd) and the companies that are unable to connect with them because of the exclusion of those same individuals on their creative teams.

Ageism is a conscious bias that permeates the marketplace from entry-to corporate-level positions and, many times goes unreported by those who experience it. In this interview, Vaughan sheds light on the causes of ageist recruiting—why businesses are exchanging institutional experience for youth, as well as strategies to enable older job seekers to effectively communicate their value and relevant expertise.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Mentorship and Empowerment with Betty LaMarr

My guest this week is Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of EmpowHer Institute. Betty’s nonprofit organization works to empower girls from 7th grade through high school by way of mentorship, training, and social/emotional support. With more than 100 mentors from a myriad of disciplines, EmpowHer Institute is helping these young women broaden their understanding of the opportunities available to them.

In this interview, Betty shares her inspiration for starting EmpoweHer in 2003, including a story about mentorship that altered the course of her own life. She also explains how the normally in-school program has pivoted in response to 2020’s social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about more opportunities and important conversations for the program’s 400 participants.

Finally, Betty and I discuss the joys of being a mentor, and how going virtual this year provides a platform for women outside of the Los Angeles area to speak into the lives of these young girls, empowering them to dream bigger dreams for themselves.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Design Thinking as a Catalyst for Innovation with Saleema Vellani

Innovation strategist Saleema Vellani sat down with me this week to discuss design thinking, a creative process that focuses on empathy as a way to better understand a problem before working to develop its solution. Put more simply, it is the process of innovating solutions by first shifting our own mindset.

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we’ve seen how challenging it is for people to change their thinking in order to change their behavior. For some organizations, the idea of moving past the status quo to a more inclusive workplace may seem insurmountable, especially with the negative stigma that sometimes goes along with “required diversity training.” Saleema and I discuss how interactive design thinking workshops are a fun and creative way to get teams thinking differently about innovation by changing their individual approaches to problem solving.

A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Saleema believes that true innovation has to start with the individual. In her upcoming book “Innovation Starts with “I”, she explains that innovation is more than cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box thinking–it requires the cultivation of a self-awareness that empowers individuals to unleash their inner entrepreneur and truly make an impact. To learn more about how design thinking is just one of many tools that lead to sustainable innovation, I share how you can pre-order Saleema’s book, which is scheduled for release this December.

Simply Good: BLM Positive Impacts

Seven years ago, #BlackLivesMatter was founded in response to the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer. What initially started as a homegrown mission to eradicate anti-black racism and state-sanctioned violence has become a global movement that strives for freedom and justice for black people around the world.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been steadily growing since its inception, but there’s something that feels different about this point in our history. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, the rallying cry for the end of systemic racism is ringing louder, and more people, businesses, and those in positions of power are listening.

The following articles are intended to showcase some of the progress that’s being made as a result of the BLM movement. In addition, if all you know about BLM is what you’ve heard in the news or seen on social media, we hope to also challenge you to learn more.

Visit Black Lives Matter to understand their mission and see the whole picture. While you’re there, check out the #WhatMatters2020 campaign, an effort to mobilize BLM supporters to vote for real change this November. 

PS – For open and honest conversations about DEI in the workplace, join us on Facebook or LinkedIn Live Wednesdays at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks Diversity, Inclusion and Careers With Creighton Taylor

This week I was joined by Creighton Taylor, founder and CEO of Guided Compass, a technology platform that he fondly refers to as “eHarmony for students and employers.”

Creighton and the Guided Compass team have developed a systematic approach that matches students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with resources, tools, and opportunities in a vast array of industries. 

Never before has there been a better time for people to make their own path. Unfortunately, issues of access still create a chasm between individuals and the means to do just that. In this interview, Creighton and I discuss how Guided Compass and other organizations are working to bridge that gap by providing tools and resources (often free or low-cost) to help people upskill and enter the career path of their choosing. 

Creighton also shares a practical experiment that he believes will not only help companies understand the foundational benefits of a diverse workforce, but will also provide valuable data that helps other businesses and industries move forward in developing a culture of trust and inclusion in their own workplaces.