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How Inclusive Are Your Everyday Word Choices?

Human language is an incredible thing. Homo Sapiens create new and evolved ways to express ourselves all the time, almost at a breakneck speed. How many times do we look at movies from the 70s or 80s (and even more current) and cringe, thinking ‘Yikes, I can’t believe we used...
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Native at Work: An Interview With Rebecca Nagle

The great Maya Angelou wrote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This was the case with my late Grandmother, Julia Sifuentes. All my life I was told by my Mother about our Native American heritage, but I was never allowed to ask my Grandmother...
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Beyond the Rainbow: Five Ways to Celebrate Pride in June

Finally!  Springtime!  Sunshine and flowers and seasonal allergies for everyone!  Otherwise known as two months until Pride Month!   Many organizations will acknowledge LGBTQ+ Pride Month this June - some will have floats in their local parade, others will issue rainbow laptop stickers and still others will work to organize...
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3 Things D&I Programs Can Learn From Supplier Diversity

In most organizations, DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) efforts show up in multiple facets of the company.  We often see enterprise-wide initiatives led by HR or DEI teams that focus on workforce representation and behaviors.  And many companies also have Supplier Diversity programs that sit within Procurement, geared towards finding and...
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5 Things Work Spaces and Organizations Can Consider During the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a festive time for Muslims around the world.  It is also a time for deep contemplation and worship, as it is the holiest month of the year for Muslims.  Since the Islamic Calendar follows a lunar calendar, the time of year Muslims observe Ramadan changes a little bit...
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How to Greet and Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Guests

A guest walks into your business and your associate offers a warm, "Good afternoon! How can I help you, sir?" The guest speaks, "I'm here to...." but, in that moment, the associate realizes that the guest is transgender and quickly responds, "I mean, ma'am. I'm sorry! I didn't mean any offense....
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5 Tips for Making the Most of WBENC 2018

WBENC 2018!  This is exciting!  Hundreds of leading global organizations and thousands of innovative, brilliant WBEs coming together in Detroit...what could be better? With so many activities, sessions, opportunities and meetings, it can be easy to get overwhelmed - especially if this is your first national conference.  And then there’s...
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How do you quantify inclusion, respect, or belonging?

“Data-driven” is the baseline currency in contemporary organizations.   Trying to pitch to a new client?  Better have your metrics straight.   Working with an internal team to implement new processes?  You have to know what the data shows. And good luck trying to get any new initiative approved without...
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The Collective Conversation: Pilot Episode with Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson

  Members of The Nova Collective talk with Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Executive Director of Inclusion & Community at Northwestern University on what it's like to grow a DEI program on campus, making mistakes count, and how their team plans on celebrating their 5th year. 
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