Tag: Inclusion

Simply Good: Independence for All

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”

By the time founding father Thomas Paine published “Common Sense” in 1776, he was already considered by many to be a radical zealot. Paine’s relentless gospel of freedom was so powerful, it incited action that eventually led to our country’s very first Independence Day.

Fast forward 245 years. The battle for freedom for all continues, both on our shores and around the world. As America celebrates Independence Day, this month’s Simply Good explores what freedom looks like for different people around the world.

As we watch fireworks this year, let us be grateful for the freedoms we do enjoy as Americans. However, let us also acknowledge our duty to fight for, and guarantee, those same freedoms for others.

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Simply Good: Pride Month

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 50 years since the very first Pride march in New York City. Half a century has gone by, yet the LGBTQ+ community is still fighting to be seen and heard. It comes as no surprise, then, that the theme for this year’s march in the Big Apple is “The Fight Continues.” The March and all of its subsequent events and activities will be focused on uniting the community and empowering them to continue the fight.

New York City isn’t the only venue planning a major comeback for Pride month this June. With the global pandemic sidelining many Pride Month events last year, organizations and pop culture fixtures across the U.S. are working to make up for that lost time. The articles we’ve selected this month highlight a few of those that are coming alongside the LGBTQ+ community this year, as the battle rages on.

PS – My book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, is now available! Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Simply Good: Honoring Asian Pacific And Jewish Americans

Did you know there are more than 300,000 Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander U.S. veterans living today? Neither did I!

For the 2021 observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Federal Asian Pacific Council (FAPAC) chose Advancing Leaders through Public Service as its theme, focusing on Asian Pacific Americans who are impacting their communities through purpose-driven service. This year’s campaign is also shining a spotlight on those communities who have been combating heightened persecution since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish Americans are also honored each May with nationwide events and exhibits celebrating their influence on American history and culture. This year’s observance will recognize how diverse communities have stood up for Jewish Americans in the battle against antisemitism, as well as the ways this community is combating discrimination from others in all of its forms.

The articles we’ve selected this month provide an opportunity to learn more about these influential people groups and the struggles they face today. Education leads to awareness, which is key in recognizing and diminishing our own biases against those outside of our circles. Only when we do that can we, as individuals, affect real change in the world around us.

PS – My book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, is now available! Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Simply Good: Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day caught us by surprise this year! Established to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, this symbolic day has historically been celebrated in April to show how far into the year a woman must work to match a man’s pay from the previous year. At first glance, an earlier observance in March may infer that substantial progress has been made to close that gap. Before we deem our mission accomplished, however, we should dig a little deeper.

As with everything else, 2020 changed the metrics. Could it be that larger numbers of women with lower-paying jobs lost them due to the pandemic? The unprecedented circumstances of last year could make it seem as though we are further along than we truly are. Let us not be so focused on what “seems” to be good that we keep blinders on to the struggle that remains.

That being said, we shouldn’t discount the real progress that is being made. Read on to learn about the strides that are pushing the needle further towards equitable pay, a fundamental right that is purely and simply good. 

PS – Looking for some one-on-one time with me? My new book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, is now available! Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Simply Good: Celebrating Women

Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to honor the social and political achievements of women around the world. Originally dubbed “National Woman’s Day” in New York City in 1909, the holiday was established worldwide in 1911, when millions of people across Europe organized parades and demonstrations, demanding the right to vote for women.

Today, women are still fighting for the right to be seen and heard, but, for some, the fight looks a little different. The articles we’ve selected this month highlights women who have fought their way to success in male-dominated industries. Through sheer grit and perseverance, these women are flipping norms every day, and that is always worth celebrating.

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Simply Good: Big Changes Ahead, Plus the Big Announcement I Promised!

Phew! A lot has happened since our last Simply Good, which came out the day before the insurrection in the US Capitol. Since then we’ve seen our new administration take action after action to make progress for our country. A lot happened in January (does anyone else feel like it lasted for six months?). Now we’re in February and this is a letter about good news… and I have BIG, GOOD news to share today:
 
My book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work is coming out on March 30th!!!
 
This book is the next crucial step in my mission to make a difference for all by removing bias in hiring, leadership, and, well, everywhere. It provides tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring equity throughout your organization, and draws on decades of experience and research. UNBIAS is an ‘action manual’ to equip you to make a change in both your organization and your life.
 
I’m so EXCITED about the release of UNBIAS that I’m giving away three free months of LinkedIn Learning to the first 25 people who pre-order the book by February 15th. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and you’ll not only get the resources provided in my book, but you’ll also gain access to thousands of skill-building courses available through LinkedIn for free!

As we are recognizing Black History month, we chose a handful of stories that focus on some big changes that are already happening or on the horizon. From the Oval Office to a century-old sport, moves are being made to propel the diversity and inclusion movement forward. Let’s do our part to keep that momentum going!

 

XRI partners with top law firm and diversity & inclusion experts

According to a survey by Gartner last year, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have the potential to shake up the consumer experience. Gartner experts predicted that, by the end of 2020, more than 100 million people would buy from online stores based on experiences through Augmented Reality.

It is still a bit too soon to say if those number were reached or not but, if we make a brief analysis of the market on the present day, immersive technologies have been gaining more and more strength in several sectors and bring new perspectives of experience accessibility.

This has converted these technologies into possible tools for companies seeking to promote their brands, products and services, to create an unprecedented and interactive environment capable of stimulating and involving their consumers – and all of this while also making inclusion efforts a priority.

Within this wave, a new initiative led by a global group of XR professionals, called XR Inclusion (XRI), is striving towards the creation of an inclusive and diverse immersive future. As the first step to do so, XRI is launching an easy-to-use kit directed at the VR & AR (XR) startup community.

Created with the partnership of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips, and Rework Work, one of the foremost leaders on diversity and inclusion, this kit contains several useful information for startups to enhance their inclusion efforts, such as checklists, templates, practices, and training, focused on areas like job descriptions and hiring, unconscious bias, code of conduct, and more.

 

Simply Good: Change The World

Happy New Year!

So far 2021 feels a lot like 2020, Volume 2. In prior years, we spent our Januaries starting new wellness routines and committing to writing that great American novel. This year, we’re just hoping to send our kids back to school or dine out without a mask.

Yes, because of our current circumstances, our goals will look different this year, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe this year is less about what you set out to accomplish, and more about how you inspire others.

Your world, your country, your neighbors—they’re all looking for bright spots in this dark continuum. What can you do to empower, build-up and support those in your circle of influence? When we look at our skills and resources in this new light, it changes the way we see the world, and expands the ways we can impact it. 

All of our articles this month tell of high-impact stories that all started somewhere small. Every revolutionary movement started with an observation, an idea and a question: “What can I do about it?” We hope this collection inspires you and spurs you on to inspire others in 2021.

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

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.

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