10 Best Practices to Achieve Gender Equity in Healthcare Organizations: A Business Outcomes-Driven Approach

Gender matters. Of all the important types of diversity, gender may be the most consequential from a business standpoint. Women are over 50% of the world’s population, and female economic purchasing power is growing globally (The World Bank, 2016). In the healthcare sector, women make 4 out of the 5 household purchasing decisions (Silverstein & […]

We The People

Our country is so divided… Wherever you land on the political spectrum and even if you are one of many people who back away from politics altogether, you have likely heard a statement similar to this over the last couple years. Social media feeds suggest, and polls confirm, that the country is in a moment […]

Diversity in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the primary research method in which new drugs are tested to evaluate their effectiveness.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. authority that regulates clinical trials and bringing new drugs to the market, must balance between introducing life-saving treatments to patients who need them as soon as possible and ensuring that […]

Something to Ponder…My Mom would have loved Anthony Bourdain

Politics aside, people love talking about their food.  If you really want to start a conversation, begin talking about food and my guess is you will not stop talking until you start eating. Long before I knew who Anthony Bourdain was, I knew the power of food to bring people together.  I witnessed it in […]

Healthcare System Executive Recruitment

I recently read an alarming and, quite frankly, shocking New York Times Article entitled “Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John,” which indicates that fewer S&P 1500 firms have female CEOs than male CEOs named “John”.   And when considering racial and ethnic diversity, the problem becomes even more acute.  A 2013 survey by […]

From Films to Feels

The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival showcases Latino talents from all over the world with 40+ short and 50+ feature-length films. This has developed into a staple for Chicago moviegoers and creates the perfect opportunity to indulge in a colorful culture and participate with local and international filmmakers. All the films are shown in their […]

Wake Up & Smell The Bias

Unless you’ve spent the the last month in hiding or a coma, you have likely heard the story of two Black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, being arrested by Philadelphia police in response to a Starbucks’ Manager calling 911 after two minutes of their “loitering.” (Some would call it waiting.) (Full story) The reaction […]

Starbucks® – Remaking More Than A Drink

I was teaching my Integrated Marketing Communications Execution Class at North Park University in Chicago and I asked my students to come up with an ad campaign to help Starbucks® through its recent crisis. These students had some great ideas, yet many of them were hesitant to address the issue of discrimination head on. This […]

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity..?

It’s become increasingly apparent that any type of media companies or brands develop is open to deep scrutiny from the public eye. So why do we continue to experience tone-deaf, casually racist marketing initiatives? Previously, our Chief Marketing Officer for the Kaleidoscope Group, Chris Bintliff, outlined “3 Ways to Avoid Diversity Disaster’s in your Marketing” […]

I Really Do Have a Halo! Huh, Who knew?

No, really, I do…But not the kinda halo you’d think I mean… I am 41. Yep, there I said it. I am officially in my 40’s. The problem is not so much my age, as it is my skin wrinkling, weight gain, hair thinning, and oh, that lovely white ring I get around the top […]