Surviving as an ‘Old’ in the Tech World

About 15 years ago, I was inexplicably offered a job at Google—at age 52. At the time, my age reliably put me in the running for “oldest employee.” Still, I was thrilled to be there and worked hard to become known as a good colleague, reliable, energetic, and a quick study. As the company grew, so did our team, and of course many new people (virtually all younger) were hired around me.

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Reflections on Working Mother’s Multicultural Women’s National Conference

On July 10 and 11, our sisters at Working Mother hosted the Multicultural Women’s National Conference. Members of the Diversity Best Practices team were active participants in the event along with many of our member companies and thought leader partners. The conference included same race/cross race conversations, a trailblazer panel, and breakout sessions that included a track for D&I practitioners, “storytalks” and leadership skill-building workshops. In addition, there is an awards luncheon to recognize the 25 Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

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Is There a Downside to Inclusion?

The unpredictable and sometimes outrageous United States presidential race has placed the power of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) front and center in the American consciousness. Democratic and Republican candidates alike have bragged about their ability to attract millions of new constituents by casting their diversity nets wider, capturing previously disaffected and tuned-out voters. As a…

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Climate of Fear Eroding D&I and Workplace Relationships: It’s A Choice

Executives, leaders, D&I and HR practitioners and others are becoming increasingly concerned that recent global acts of terrorism and the negative political climate will have an adverse impact on the progress of diversity and inclusion. Compounding this impact is the resurgence of violent US domestic aggressions, such as the Charleston church massacre, the killing at…

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Sponsorship: Making a Game-Changing Move – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the series “Sponsorship: Making a Game Changing Move that was published January 5th in DBP’s D&I newsletter. As a quick recap, I shared that my INTENTION was to help move the needle forward for people of color to attain sponsors. I defined a sponsor as someone that has made a…

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Sponsorship…Making A Game-Changing Move – Part 1 of 2

The beginning of the New Year is replete with resolutions and promises that will enhance our personal and professional lives, health and happiness.  Hopefully, one of your resolutions will be a game-changing career move. If you’re fortunate, you might be in a position to assist others to act on their career game-changer New Year resolution.…

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Discovering the “Secret Ingredient” That Enhances Your P.I.E. (Performance, Image and Exposure)

This is an interesting time to be a multicultural person in the global workplace. The explosion of commerce in the global marketplace, fueled by technology, has increased the recognition of the critically important and competitively differentiating value, of the multicultural (non-white) consumer and employee. There is clearly a valid argument that white people, can in…

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Uncovering Your Authentic Self

Business literature is replete with the importance of authenticity and transparency as key requirements for leadership. Yet, for many people of color and women, being authentic and transparent can be challenging.  We remain unsure and/or untrusting that our workplaces will embrace and accept our authentic, true selves.  This hooks those unconscious, internalized cultural archetypes that…

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