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Kelly Primus

CEO | Leading NOW | Kelly Primus is a dynamic change maker and expert on Cultural Dynamics in the Workplace, Inclusion, and Leadership Development who understands firsthand the challenges women leaders and underrepresented talent face in their careers. Before becoming CEO of Leading NOW, Kelly was President of its Leading Women division, and prior to that held a successful corporate career where she was often the only woman executive at the table, fueling her passion for Women’s Leadership Development and Inclusion. Kelly’s desire to transform and help organizations change behaviors & company culture to be inclusive for all, make her a sought-after thought leader & speaker on Inclusive Leadership Development, The Missing 33%™, and a myriad of DEI topics. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on how those areas intersect with her expertise as a business person through her blog posts and appearing on business and leadership podcasts.

Posts by Kelly Primus

What HR Leaders are saying about our Master Class on Cultural Dynamics in the Workplace™

It’s been an exciting time at Leading NOW.  In September we announced the latest research from the Center for Diversity & Inclusion on Cultural Dynamics in the Workplace™. In case you missed it, the research shares the 5 key factors that drive successful DEI initiatives.  I’m excited to share with you that we recently delivered our first 3-hour Master Class on this game-changing research at the NEHRA (Northeast Human Resources Association) Annual Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. The session for this presentation was titled Cultural Dynamics & DEI: Achieving Measurable Success That Drives Business Outcomes, and I’m happy to say, the feedback from participants was fantastic. 
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Three Things Organizations Must Do In 2021 In Support Of DE&I

In 2020, organizations became acutely aware of the importance of DE&I due to the social unrest and volatility swirling around them. Many are now attempting to figure out how to be supportive of their diverse employee population. What should they put their energy and resources towards that will actually have a positive impact? This is the question that many organizations are struggling to answer, and few are getting right. As the CEO of the global advisor Leading NOW, I speak to CEOs, CHROs and CDOs every day, and the most common thing they say is, "We've been hiring diverse employees for years, but our efforts really haven't changed anything…now what should we do?"
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How Leading NOW Helped Nokia Become a More Inclusive Workplace

  Nokia – All Set for Historic Culture-led Turnaround A long-term client, Nokia, a F500 telecoms and technology company famously headquartered in Finland, approached Leading NOW in early 2019 in order to accelerate their journey to being a more inclusive workplace, they asked us to customize a manager curriculum focused on bias recognition and mitigation.
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3 Things your Organization Should do for DE&I Success

In 2020, organizations became acutely aware of the importance of DE&I due to the social unrest and volatility swirling around them. Many are now attempting to figure out how to be supportive of their diverse employee population. What should they put their energy and resources towards that is actually going to have a positive impact? This is THE question that many organizations, regardless of size, are struggling to answer––and few are getting right.
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The Decade That Will Change It All

Leadership + Inclusion. Two perspectives A-Z.   When Leading NOW and Luisi Tromba Advisors formed a strategic partnership, we did so because we knew...  This decade is going to forever change Leadership. We shared the same beliefs, but got there from two very distinct paths. Not surprisingly, we ended up with the same conclusion. To be a successful leader in this decade and even, dare we say, in this century––Inclusion is the game changer. 
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10 Strategies for 2021 to Help Engage & Retain Women

As we wrap up our 7-part series: “Gender + Diversity Playbook: Setting and Achieving Your Goals for 2021 and Beyond” - let’s review why we felt it important to put together a playbook in the first place. It started with 2020’s Miss is Now a “New” 2030 Promise–But Will Orgs Break This Promise Too?, where we talked about tackling some of the specific barriers that are causing the leadership gender gap (hint: it’s not just about committing to a 50/50 gender balanced workforce by 2030, you must take targeted actions). 
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These 5 Tips Will Help You Recruit More Women/Diverse Candidates

In parts 1-5 of our “Gender + Diversity Playbook: Setting and Achieving Your Goals for 2021 and Beyond,” we covered setting new goals for diversity, what CEOs need to do to get results, how to engage & retain more women, how to change your company’s culture to be more inclusive, and how to make your company policies inclusive.  Part 6 focuses on how to recruit more women to help achieve your diversity goals. Read ON!  
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Make Your Company Policies Inclusive by Looking at these 3 HR Tools

Part 5 of our “Gender + Diversity Playbook: Setting and Achieving Your Goals for 2021 and Beyond” focuses on the importance of removing gender-biased language from HR tools. If you’re following along, this is #4 on the Top 5 list from our CEO’s blog post 'From One CEO to Another--It’s Time to Get Focused':  Remove gender-biased language from HR tools
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We All Fall Down Once In A While

When I originally thought about why I wanted to write this post, my intent was to share stories from Leading Women’s “diverse” team about a micro-aggression they experienced in their career that they, as women of color, found impactful. Here I was thinking that my team would jump at the chance to “talk” about how their experiences and situations could have been handled differently. Instead, I received a well-deserved come-uppance of my own. 
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How To Change Your Company’s Culture To Be More Inclusive

In Part 4 of our “Gender + Diversity Playbook: Setting and Achieving Your Goals for 2021 and Beyond”, we are focusing on the impact of Gender Dynamics and how to change your company’s culture to be more inclusive by removing the barriers to women’s advancement. This week we'll tackle #3 on our top five list of things you need to do to get results and close the leadership gender gap:  Educate your leadership to reduce the negative impact of Gender Dynamics on talent decisions.
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