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Inclusion Insights August 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2019

August 30, 2019

Welcome to the thirteenth 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.


Make Board Diversity Work
August 27, 2019, BoardSource
This blog writer believes that, "...those nonprofits talking diversity and not taking intentional action are missing board leadership. The bottom line is that taking the right action is the way to ensure that your organization advances its mission tomorrow and into the future." Read his suggestions regarding where to start by clicking here.

Black Pharmacists Are Helping Close A Cultural Health Care Divide
July 9, 2019, Kaiser Health News
This 21-minute audio features a story about how black pharmacists in Illinois are helping fill a void for African American patients seeking medical care that acknowledges their heritage, beliefs and values. Such care may bridge generations of mistrust of the medical profession and even improve patients’ health.

How African-Americans Advance at Work — And What Organizations Can Do to Help
August 27, 2019, Harvard Business Review
Laura Morgan Roberts, poet and professor of management at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, studies diversity in organizations, particularly how African Americans experience the workplace. Listen to her thoughts in this 24-minute audio or read the interview transcript. You'll be glad you did.

As Gender Diversity on Boards Improve, There’s Still a Gender Gap at the Top
August 6, 2019, Diversity Best Practices
A recent Working Mother Research Institute report takes a look at the experiences of women — and men —at all levels of corporations to ascertain what perceptions and realities are keeping them out of the highest ranks.


Do Your Diversity Efforts Reflect the Experiences of Women of Color?
July 1, 2019, Harvard Business Review
Some gender diversity efforts do not consider the experiences of all women, particularly women of color. Corporate leaders need to focus on diversity and inclusion efforts that take an intersectional approach, as coined by academic Kimberlé Crenshaw, to identify barriers that women of color face, due to the impact of their race and gender.

The Importance of Targeted Leadership Development Programs
May 26, 2019, Diversity Best Practices
Women and people of color face challenges when they are different from the leadership of their organizations. As an addition to an organization’s overall D&I strategy, targeted development programs designed to address the underlying challenges faced by women and people of color can be a highly effective way to help break through this point.

A Leader's Guide to LGBTQ+ Talent Strategy
April 18, 2019, Russell Reynolds Associates
Encouraging diversity and fostering an inclusive working environment are widely considered the right things to do. However, research increasingly shows they are also key to maximizing business performance. This article takes a look at how to attract and retain LGBTQ+ talent.

4 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Disability-Inclusion Practices
June 4, 2019, Harvard Business Review
Hiring folks who have disabilities is not just “the right thing to do,” it can also be part of a talent strategy that will benefit your community. Read this article for four suggestions about how to move forward.


15 Ways To Make Your Ad Campaigns More Authentically Diverse
August 6, 2019, Forbes
As society becomes more focused on diversity, audiences expect to see that diversity reflected in marketing and ad campaigns. That's why many modern companies are selecting more diverse models and stories for their ad campaigns. However, it can be difficult to incorporate diversity in a way that feels authentic, rather than a forced reply to a growing demand.

10 Books To Help You Foster A More Diverse And Inclusive Workplace
August 25, 2019, Forbes
Check out this list of books that could serve both employees and organizational leaders who want to learn more and understand the cultural experiences of different groups. Reading diverse narratives may catalyze perspective-taking—an act that research suggests can reduce bias.

Must-Watch TED Talks That Tackle Diversity and Inclusion
July 9, 2019, Diversity Best Practices
The power of a visual story is unmatched, especially when it's providing a glimpse into someone else's life experience or a window into a different culture. Here are some TED Talks to watch that speak to diversity and inclusion. Whether it's five or fifteen minutes, each talk has something that anyone can take away. Happy watching!


Thank you to the Penick Village Racial Reconciliation group in Southern Pines that continues to strive for inclusion and diversity. The group is sponsoring a special performance for its residents entitled, “The Talk.” The program is presented by scholar, performer, story teller and parent, Sonny Kelly, who took inspiration for his performance after wrestling with how to talk to his young son about violence against African-American men in recent years.

Do you have a diversity and inclusion program you’d like to share in this newsletter? Please contact Jennifer Gill.

Upcoming Events

Let’s Talk About ‘Unconscious Bias”
Gracie Johnson-Lopez, Diversity & HR Solutions

September 17, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
12 Davis Dr., Durham, NC

Bias is personal, cultural and institutional, but you are able to mitigate it and train your unconscious. Understanding what implicit bias is and how it impacts our relationships and decisions is key to fostering more inclusive and intercultural workplaces.


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