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Inclusion Insights November 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017
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November 9, 2017

Welcome to the sixth edition of Inclusion Insights, a regular publication of LeadingAge North Carolina highlighting trends, practices, and news related to inclusion and diversity issues in aging services. We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas.

Board Diversity

BoardSource 2017 Finds a New Platform for Action in the Face of Declining Diversity: Nonprofit Quarterly

This article is the first in a series of articles presenting the results of BoardSource’s 2017 survey of nonprofit boards. The somewhat surprising results of the survey prompted the creation of the next two resources listed below.

Taking Action on Board Diversity – Five Questions to Get You Started: BoardSource

Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices reveals some troubling information about the diversity of today’s nonprofit boards: We’re making little progress in diversifying our boards, are dissatisfied with our board diversity, and are doing little to prioritize it in our board recruitment practices. In an effort to spark action, BoardSource presents five questions for your board to contemplate.

The Declining Diversity of Nonprofit Boards and What to do About It: Nonprofit Quarterly

This 60-minute on-demand workshop is designed for action. It is facilitated by Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, and Vernetta Walker, Chief Governance Officer and Vice President of Programs for BoardSource. For learning objectives and payment information please click here.

CEOs Explain How They Gender Balanced their Boards: Harvard Business Review

What are the benefits of a gender balanced board? To find out, the authors of this article interviewed 16 CEOs or board members who had an average female board composition of 49.8%. Interviewees also explained how they achieved gender parity and why they felt other CEOs have not taken similar steps. If your board is struggling with a similar issue, this article could help.


Leaders Aren’t Great at Judging How Inclusive They Are:
Harvard Business Review

How can you tell if leaders in your organization are genuinely welcoming? Do leaders know if they are as welcoming as they think they are? To explore this question, the authors analyzed one large organization with an excellent track record of hiring and promoting diverse candidates and a reputation for inclusion. An organization hired to administer 360-degree feedback assessments for roughly 4,000 leaders and agreed to the use of its data for this analysis. Click here to find out if senior or junior managers are more inclusive, and how inclusive behaviors correlate with overall leadership effectiveness.

New Report Highlights Gender and Racial Disparities in the Direct Care Workforce: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

This November 2017 research brief examines racial and gender disparities among the 4.5 million personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants in this country. Special emphasis is placed on two questions: 1) how has the racial and gender composition of this workforce changed over the past 10 years? and 2) how do race and gender shape the demographic, employment, and economic characteristics of the direct care workforce? This brief is a wonderful resource that addresses two important issues in our field.

How Hospitals are Stepping Up Efforts to Best Accommodate LGBTQ Patients: U.S. News & World Report

Hospitals are making more of a concerted effort to be sensitive to the traditionally marginalized population of LGBTQ patients. Read this article to learn more about what some hospitals are doing that might be applicable in your community, from using preferred names in electronic medical records to creating resource groups for LGBTQ employees and patients.

Why Employer Support is so Important for Transgender Employees: Harvard Business Review

The authors interviewed 40 transgender individuals across the United States about their workplace experiences. If someone on your staff were transitioning, would you know how to be supportive, and would you be comfortable reaching out? How best to be supportive might surprise you. Click here to understand more fully the challenges of transitioning and learn how to be an inclusive co-worker.

Diversity Study Update

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School continue their work on the diversity study commissioned by the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation. Preliminary interviews with current CCRC/LPC residents have been completed and focus groups are gearing up. We anticipate receiving a preliminary draft of the study sometime in December.

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