Diversity + Inclusion

What is Diversity in the Workplace?

Diversity in the workplace means that a company employs a wide range of diverse individuals. In other words, a diverse workforce includes people with different characteristics. 

Diversity in the workplace means that a company’s workforce includes people of varying gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, languages, education, abilities, etc. 

Workplace diversity - inclusion fad or a competitive advantage?


Experiments in Unconscious Bias: Part I

A CEO shares his observations

If you think unconscious bias is just one more phrase that pays for diversity consultants, and doesn’t exist in real life as much as they say it does, try this out.

If you are a corporate professional with a college education, and happen to be male, the next time you are traveling or out and about in town, try wearing earrings, and tell me what you find.

I did. For a couple of weeks.


Experiments in Unconscious Bias: Part II

A CEO shares his observations

Earrings on me, I discovered, sent an unintentional signal to many that I was a cool, easy going, blue collar party animal who might be fun to hang out with, far removed from the serious-minded, driven corporate executive that I have been for most of my adult life.

My next experiment was to drop my carefully cultivated imitation of a Midwestern accent, acquired by many hours of attempted imitation of Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw as they delivered network news in the mid 80s, around the time when I moved to the US from India for the first of my graduate degrees at Rice University in Houston, Texas.


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