All people are created dependent—on each other, our earth, and its climate—endowed with the responsibility to maintain justice, liberty, and affiliation for all. We share these resources as we grapple with how to best lead ourselves and our organizations to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion for all and specifically address issues of racial bias and systemic racism.
Educate Yourself and Act Responsibly
Listen to podcasts and research diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion to learn more about the complex issues and how you can become part of the solution. Take time, explore, keep an open mind, and reflect on the world you create through your thoughts and deeds.
Explore how LinkedIn is taking DE&I to the next level with their DIBs program. LinkedIn happily shares techniques with other companies. It’s like an open source program for HR departments anywhere! What’s more, the benefits cascade into the community.
Listen to Diversity And Inclusion Insights From IBM’s South Africa Experience (45 min podcast)
From Me, Too to Black Lives Matter, cultural changes worldwide prove that diversity and inclusion are critical for every organization. Roger Madison, Jr., shares his experiences as an African American in the tech industry – both as a trailblazer within IBM, and what he learned as a top sales executive in South Africa as he helped establish Big Blue’s presence there post-apartheid.
Read the Forbes Article: Becoming an Ally for Inclusion (5 min read)
While building a truly equitable society will take time, each of us can take action to become an ally for inclusion. Our small steps can and will make an impact. Many of my colleagues and clients are asking what they can do. I developed some practical recommendations.
Read the Columbus CEO article: To diversify the C-suite, it’s going to take work (5 min read)
Eric Douglas Keene, founder and president of Keene Advisory Group, says the basic infrastructure of the executive search world works against identification of diverse candidates, which his Chicago-based boutique firm has made its specialty.
Listen to Implicit Bias – What You Don’t See Hurts You! (1 hour podcast)
Dr. Rebecca Heiss discusses how implicit bias creates a disadvantage for leaders and their organizations. Dr. Heiss gives a clearer understanding of what implicit bias is and how it impacts each of us. As leaders, we need to understand and manage implicit biases because it impacts our hiring choices, promotion and succession decisions, and our policies. To hire and retain top talent, we need to remove bias from the decision-making process as much as possible.
Take the Implicit Bias Assessment
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts, and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet.
Project Implicit was founded in 1998 by three scientists – Tony Greenwald (University of Washington), Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University), and Brian Nosek (University of Virginia). Project Implicit Mental Health launched in 2011, led by Bethany Teachman (University of Virginia) and Matt Nock (Harvard University). Project Implicit also provides consulting services, lectures, and workshops on implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, leadership, applying science to practice, and innovation. If you are interested in finding out more about these services, visit https://www.projectimplicit.net.
Listen to REPAIRING THE BROKEN RUNG: Overcoming Bias in the Leadership Pipeline (1 hour podcast)
Organizations must rethink how they identify future leaders – today’s practices are often influenced by unconscious bias and result in unintentional discrimination, potentially leaving more capable talent behind. If organizations fix the broken rung, people will be promoted based on merit, not gender or race, and diversity will be enhanced. Martin Lanik joins Maureen to discuss the comprehensive study of fairness in how organizations prepare the next generation of leaders.
Listen to Winning In The Face of Adversity: Overcoming Challenge with Grace (1 hour podcast)
In a time when people are sharing more of their struggles, we talk to Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Doug McCollough about their struggles and, more importantly, how they navigated those struggles so that they could make their most significant impact on the world. Congresswoman Beatty not only overcame, but also changed the people’s view of what it was to be a successful black woman, and she mentored women to make sure the pipeline behind her was strong. She talks about how helping women succeed helps America succeed. Doug shares how his focus on inclusion is expanding the field of employees working in technology in Central Ohio. Through his board work and his work as a CIO, he is creating a pipeline that allows unemployed people to get trained and find technology jobs. He is helping build the system that will close this gap long-term.
Listen to Increasing Inclusion To Drive Results and Build a Better World (1 hour podcast)
Troy Mosley discusses his newly released book: Unwritten Truce: The Armed Forces and American Social Justice. Inclusion is an excellent organizational practice. The global market is diverse. Having a diverse workforce is a strategic advantage because it provides a greater ability to understand various segments of their consumer base and develop products and services that will better resonate with these segments, therefore, driving better results and higher impact. In for-profit businesses, it drives higher and more sustainable profits. Troy talks about his journey as a man of African American heritage and his recommendations to increase inclusion and results. In addition to his story, Troy and Maureen discuss the challenges and recommendations to increase inclusion and address the recent challenges surfacing as movements such as “Me Too” reveal systemic problems. Leaders must create an environment that promotes a healthy workplace.
Listen to Diversity Training Then and Now: What Has Changed? (1 hour podcast)
Executive Order 9981 was issued on July 26, 1948 by President Harry S. Truman. This order abolished racial discrimination in the United States Armed Forces and led to the end of segregation in the services. In this session, Maureen is joined by Carrie Spell Hansson to discuss what we have learned about diversity and inclusion training in the 70 plus years since that Order.
Listen to Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, Center (1 hour podcast)
Henry Mintzberg discusses the imbalance that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right, as well as the paralysis in the political center. The world we live in needs a form of radical renewal unprecedented in the human experience. This conversation presents an integrative framework to suggest a comprehensive way forward. This discussion is based on Henry’s latest book Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal, Beyond Left, Right and Center.
The purpose of this resource is to educate readers on the prevalence of prejudice and implicit bias in society, including information about marginalized groups being most likely to be harmed by prejudice. The resource features information about how one can be an ally and an advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors. Published by Pepperdine University’s online Master of Psychology program.
Watch 8:46 – Dave Chappelle (28 min video)
WARNING – PROFANITY ALERT – Comedian Dave Chapelle talks about the last minutes of the life of George Floyd. This is a poignant look at recent events through Dave’s eyes.