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Category Archives: Diversity

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Kim Box Inspires – The Power of Diversity for any Organization

 Watch the key messages from Kim Box’s ground breaking book about the true power of diversity for any organization.  This is not the same message you hear about with affirmative action but the competitive advantage of bringing together people with different backgrounds, personalities, culture, professional experiences, and many other attributes that make each of us

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Like Like’s Like – Words of Wisdom from Women Venture Capitalists

Each year the PBWC, Professional Business Women of California, puts on an event that brings amazing women together. This year the theme of the conference was to Connect-Innovate-Inspire those coming to hear the speakers and connect with others who would take time out of their busy schedules to reflect and learn. The keynote speakers were great as were the break out groups.

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Push Girl Mia Schaikewitz – Leadership Lessons from an extraordinary woman who is breaking through stereotypes of people with disabilities and challenges

In my quest to be on the lookout for inspiring people, places and things I was fortunate to meet the most extraordinary person! I had first caught a glimpse of Mia Schaikewitz on a video about an upcoming series called Push Girls.

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Inspirational leadership – Women in coffee working together to improve the lives of women and their communities around the world

Every once in a while there is an experience that is so incredible it’s hard to know how to describe it. This is the situation with my recent trip to El Salvador in Central America. I was asked to do a keynote speech at the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Convention. The IWCA is an organization that strives to create a difference in the world of coffee. Their mission is to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.”

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Diversity in the Workplace: Bringing out innovative solutions from unique points of view

What is diversity in an organization? The best way to define it is to explain what it isn’t. Diversity isn’t just a box that needs to be checked on a Human Resources form. It isn’t finding that single African-American or woman to sit on the board. It isn’t a picture on a web site, a lunchtime seminar or a poster in the break room. These are all visible aspects of an intentional push to include a variety of voices, but they are not diversity in and of themselves.

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Cruising Diversity: A kaleidoscope of cultures converge on the seas

I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. One thing I loved about this cruise was the diversity of cultures of both the crew and the fellow cruisers. There were 42 countries represented from the cruisers and over 50 countries from the crew.

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Building Trust: Allow your team to take risks and make mistakes while creating innovative solutions.

Booker T. Washington, the famous civil rights leader, understood the importance of earning and giving trust. He was the son of a slave woman and a white man and was 8 years old when slaves were legally emancipated. He collaboratively worked with some of the wealthiest white Northerners and the founders of the African-American movement to fund schools for African-Americans looking for their place in a new, free, but segregated world.

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Diversity PRIDE: Learning and growing from experiencing the LGBT community

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned about being true to myself was while serving on the HP PRIDE Executive Advisory Board. I consider myself an ally to the LGBT community, which means that I openly support the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people. As an executive, I was asked to serve on the advisory council representing my business group at HP.

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Women Leaders: Why Women continue to be underrepresented in top leadership positions

With all of the efforts over the past 4 decades on diversity and women in leadership, there continues to be a huge gap. Women represent over 50% of the populations yet in the US continue to represent less than 17% of the C-Level (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, etc…) and Board of Director Seats. Why is this?

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The New Leadership Imperative: Top ten things you must build into your leadership toolkit to thrive in the next decade

The world is evolving at a rate that is challenging everyone to keep up! As leaders we must evolve with these changes in order to be successful. There are many dynamics that come into play in the business environment, and life in general. We have globalization of our economy which translates into many cultures coming together in organizations and throughout your customer base.