Conversations with Black Talent Professionals: Jaron Parham, Junior Account Executive, New York City

Liz Desio Diversity, Organizational Development 1 Comment

In this third interview of my series, I learned all about the inner workings of diversity talent firm RippleMatch from Jaron Parham, an Account Executive whose focus is selling the platform to partners. A lifelong musician drawn to sales because of his outgoing nature, Jaron candidly shared his feelings about his workplace, the industry, and specific ways that companies and …

VMware Goes “Rooney Rule” and Pledges to have both a Woman and Minority Candidate Interview for Every Opening (HR Famous Pod)

Kris Dunn Diversity, George Floyd, Hiring Bias, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

In episode 21 of the HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn, and Jessica Lee come together to talk about The Rooney Rule and VMware’s new commitment to include a minority and female candidate in every search at the company. The gang also discusses how often they’ve filled up their car tanks during quarantine, and something …

Conversations with Black Talent Professionals: Drake, Executive Search Research Assistant, New York City

Liz Desio Diversity, George Floyd, Graduation, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy

How a top Executive Search & Management Consulting Firm failed an exceptional Black graduate– in both the recruitment process and in his first year on the job. “I don’t think there’s an initiative that could help…I don’t go to sleep at night feeling optimistic about how the situation could improve. Because I sit and I watch companies give their employees …

Want To Be An Office Ally? Load the Damn Dishwasher

Katie Augsburger Diversity, Employee Relations

I was recently reflecting on Ruchika Tulshyan’s fantastic Harvard Business Review’s piece “Women of Color Get Asked to Do More ‘Office Housework.’ Here’s How They Can Say No.” Her article highlights a problem many women of color experience daily in their workspace: the expectation that they, not their male or white female coworkers, will do the day-to-day office admin tasks …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: E4 – Microaggressions

Kris Dunn Change Management, Corporate America, Culture, Diversity, Employee Relations

In Episode 4 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett and Kris Dunn get together to dip into uncomfortable territory by talking about microaggressions – what are they, how they manifest themselves and what HR leaders can do to make awareness of microaggressions part of their broader D&I stack. Listen below and be …

HR’s Greatest Opportunity to Support Gender Diversity

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Women, Women in the Workplace

As a mom of a young daughter, I’m paying more attention to the gender diversity push than ever before. I personally never felt passed over for roles or promotions due to my gender – nor afforded them because of my gender either. That said, until the last half of my career, I worked in corporate HR where a lot of …

Confessions of a Class Migrant

Katie Augsburger Audacious Ideas, Change, Coaching, Diversity, You Want Me To Pay For What!?

Learning How To Navigate White-Collar Workplaces, When You Suddenly Can Afford A Compass Reading the Harvard Business Review’s article on Why Companies Should Add Class To Their Diversity Discussion gave me new words to something I have been feeling for years. Classism is the elephant in the room that we refuse to address when we talk about equity and inclusion. The …

Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …

Let’s Be Honest; Most HR “Diversity Programs” Are for White People

Katie Augsburger Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, HR, Learning and Development, Women, Women in the Workplace

I can’t be the only person that has sat in a “diversity meeting” and thought to myself, “who is this for?” As a woman of color, I rarely, if ever felt like the content was for me. But I often felt like the content was about me, namely, how to deal with me. The focus of many diversity presentations that …

Your Organization’s Commitment To LGBT Pride Month Beyond Just The Rainbow

William Wiggins Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Communications, Holidays, HR, Innovation, Leadership, Policies, The HR Profession, Training and Development

Growing up, my parents shared many stories of the struggle, perseverance, and the marginalization of black people. My father frequently closed with, “There’s no shame in being black, it just ain’t easy at times.” He wasn’t kidding! I grew up in a society located smack dab in the middle of the land of the free, and home of the brave …