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Aisha Adams has been busy assisting clients become socially responsible during the recent racially tense climate. While many corporations have found themselves scrambling to connect, Adams has been able to use her background to help her clients connect positively with people of color. Adams partnered with Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, North Carolina, to create the…

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Christina Steed’s background includes journalism, national and international corporate communications, expertise in multicultural, diversity and inclusion communications and a brief stint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Chicago office. Her agency work is growing in the space of diversity and inclusion communications as companies seek out Flowers Communications Group not only for its expertise in…

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Andrea Hoffman is a C-suite advisor, dealmaker and strategist who works diligently to ensure that businesses can connect with diverse executives. Hoffman spent the early part of her career working in consulting where she created target marketing, multicultural marketing and related business development strategies for companies including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Alliance Bernstein.  Hoffman later realized that…

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Mikeisha Anderson Jones has become a connoisseur of inclusion. She has studied and observed how diversity enhances and beautifies the corporate culture. There is empirical and hard data that proves authentic inclusion improves the bottom line of a corporation. Furthermore, inclusion raises morale in the workplace when all demographics are given authentic opportunities for upward mobility in…

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So often, we’ve heard of the “official meetings” not really happening until attendees have left the boardroom and headed to the golf course. Unfortunately, most women are not invited for a variety of reasons, the most prevalent being the assumption that they don’t know how to play the game. This is where Tiffany Fitzgerald and Black…

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Cultivating a culture of coaching within an organization is quickly becoming the newest trend in managing employee engagement — and for good reason. Equipping managers and leaders with coaching skills can radically improve working relationships that are critical to building an inclusive workplace culture. Managers and leaders who are trained to use coaching skills are…

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In the 21st century, there have been many social causes that have had a far-reaching impact, such as the #MeToo movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the LGBTQ movement. While every movement has its own agenda, what connects these new movements is their desire to be tolerated, accepted and included. The Boy Scouts of…

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Angela Bassett

Actress and activist, Angela Bassett was the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference held in Dallas, April 11-13. This year’s theme was “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.” The conference provided an opportunity for attendees to come together and advance their knowledge of diversity and leadership – in an effort to…

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For years, people of color have been misrepresented and are often paid less for their contributions in many industries. The tech industry is no exception. According to an article written by Fast Company, Black people who work in the tech industry are paid $6K less per year than their White peers. Often overlooked, but never…

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At Macy’s headquarters on 34th Street in New York City, the company’s chief diversity officer, William Hawthorne, hosted a celebration with powerful media, cultural and community leaders to share the retailer’s continued commitment to diversity. Hawthorne toasted Macy’s current CEO, Jeff Gennette; and former CEO, Terry J. Lundgren, for their visionary leadership of the flagship…

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Valeisha Butterfield-Jones leads Black community engagement at Google. During Google’s inaugural inclusion event, “A Seat at the Table: Inclusion and Innovation in Technology & Society,” held at the New York headquarters, Butterfield-Jones shared, “It’s a big step we’re taking as a company to get into the community. Our goal is to make sure we are…

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Al Vivian, CEO and president of BASIC Diversity Inc., spoke with rolling out about several issues that serve as indicators that truthful discussions on inclusion must continue across our nation. Considering the current social climate in the country, what recent events most serve as teachable moments? First, the immigration issue. The backlash against immigrant workers…

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