Conversations with Black Talent Professionals: Ifeyinwa Walker, CEO of Offor, New Orleans

Liz Desio Diversity, Organizational Development, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

Meet Ifeyinwa (Ify) Walker, CEO of national talent brokering firm Offor, and diversity trailblazer in executive recruitment. I began following Ify on LinkedIn a few years ago, where she shares impassioned posts about racial justice in relation to hiring. What struck me the most about Ify was first, her skills as a writer, which drew me to notice her unique …

Why Now Is The Best Time for a Rebrand

Adam Rosenfield Diversity, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Organizational Development 0 Comments

Around mid-May, about six weeks into the pandemic, sports teams found themselves bored. My Dallas sports teams in particular.  For a few years now, people have been clamoring for the Dallas Mavericks to change their branding. The futuristic design was cool and hip back in 2001, but for many fans, the retirement of franchise icon Dirk Nowitizki signaled a need …

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 …

How Managers Screw Up Inclusion Efforts In a Pandemic

Adam Rosenfield Change Management, Communication, COVID-19, Diversity, Leadership, Managing People

In some ways, COVID-19 has changed how we work, both individually and for organizations as a whole. The idea of remote working is different; it’s now not just a “benefit”. Many companies have finally discovered collaboration tools (Google Suite, Slack, Miro, etc) as a quicker way to get the message out and work on projects together. Heck, some companies are …

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 …