Conscious Inclusion and Mindset of Interdependence…Anyone?

It might be “risqué” to suggest embracing the mindset of interdependence in a country famous for the highest score on the Individualism scale, (per Hofstede research); I also hope that my encouragement for the mindset of interdependence is not mistaken as a call for a commune-like set-up. Let me explain. Achievement – independent or interdependent? […]

The Power of “How”

The Power of HOW Questions “Sure, inclusion sounds great, but the last thing I need is to double the work on my plate.” First, practicing conscious inclusion, leveraging the power of the diversity on our teams and in our organizations, isn’t about doubling our current work responsibilities; conscious inclusion is about modifying how we fulfill […]

Diversity and Inclusion Impact the Bottom-Line and Other Key Performance Metrics

The U.S. continues to undergo a dramatic demographic shift – in fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for July 2015, minority babies are now the majority, with 50.2% of U.S. babies less than one being of racial or ethnic minorities [i]. In addition, it’s projected that minorities in the U.S. will become […]

Something to Ponder…Retaining Diversity: The Four E’s

Facebook’s latest diversity report indicates that it still isn’t hiring enough people of color, and while hiring is very important it is only the first step.  The question I frequently hear is, “Now that I have hired this fantastic person, how do I keep her or him?”  And if you are an employer or someone […]

Vive la France, Vive la Diversite!  

O’ the beautiful game…with all its twists and turns, underdogs and upsets. The World Cup tends to be the platform for the biggest of dramas and this year did not disappoint. In particular, this World Cup will stand out from many because of the tech integration, strange statistics and dramatic victories. Alas, the Cup has […]

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 […]

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 […]