In Case You Missed It: December 2021 Edition

9 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on our Instagram, Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading NOW group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog!’s 2021 Word Of The Year Is …
allyship (noun): the status or role of a person who advocates and actively works for the inclusion of a marginalized or politicized group in all areas of society, not as a member of that group but in solidarity with its struggle and point of view and under its leadership.

"... As our Word of the Year for 2021, allyship carries a special distinction this year: It marks the first time we’ve chosen a word that’s new to our dictionary as our Word of the Year.

Our addition of the word allyship to our dictionary in 2021—not to mention our decision to elevate it as our top word for the year—captures important ways the word continues to evolve in our language and reflects its increased prominence in our discourse. ..."

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Leadership Barriers To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion, And How To Address Them


"... It all started in 1964, more than 50 years ago, when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The act, of course, applies to employers. Yet after all of the civil unrest we experienced in 2020, how many times did you hear a CEO or spokesperson for an organization say that they are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture? Probably too many to count.

Why, then, are so many organizations failing to move the needle in-house? From what we've seen, many just can’t seem to figure out how to be more inclusive. Why? ..."

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Restaurant Business

"... Leading NOW has studied the “critical barriers” that keep underrepresented talent from advancing in their careers, said Gretchen Sussman, chief commercial officer for the organization.

Their research has shown a misperception by superiors around this group’s “ability to drive business results consistently,” Sussman said.

The full-day education program will focus on helping attendees think like CEOs, understand restaurant financial drivers and “speak the language of power,” she said. ..."

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The New York Times

"...  On Wednesday, he introduced Keechant Sewell, the 49-year-old chief of detectives for the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island, as the first woman to lead the New York Police Department and its 35,000 uniformed officers.

The appointment comes amid a push to remake policing from within after last year’s protests against police brutality and racism. Mr. Adams, who vowed during the campaign to choose a woman to lead the department where he was an officer for 22 years, said the way Chief Sewell handled the hypothetical situation demonstrated what he called an “emotional intelligence” that made her stand out...."

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5 retention strategies for combatting the Great Resignation

Human Resource Executive

"... The “Great Resignation” is showing no signs of stopping. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, 4.4 million people have quit their jobs in September—a record high. We’ve never seen resignations at this pace before, and with more and more Americans leaving to explore new career paths or take a pay jump, rethinking retention strategies needs to be a primary focus for HR departments in 2022.

The key to successful retention is truly understanding what employees value the most when it comes to their workplace environment and then acting on it. It’s imperative that we get creative with retention strategies and cater to the needs and wants of today’s workforce. Here are five ways HR leaders should rethink retention strategies for the coming year. ..."

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What is Cultural Dynamics?

Leading NOW

If you’ve ever wondered why some organizations struggle with achieving successful Business Outcomes through DEI initiatives and others do not, the latest research from the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) has identified the 3 Barriers and 5 Key Factors of Cultural Dynamics that hold the key to DEI success. 

What is Cultural Dynamics?

In psychology, Cultural Dynamics, represents the formation, maintenance, and transformation of cultures over time. When our global Think Tank conducted its groundbreaking research –– Cultural Dynamics in the Workplace™: 5 Key Factors in Driving Successful DEI Initiatives to Achieve Business Outcomes –– they applied the psychology of Cultural Dynamics to Business and were able to identify the root cause for why organizations were not reaping the benefits of their DEI Initiatives. 

The results were eye-opening. 

This research identifies the interconnected dynamics that are made up by the interplay of the Culture of an Organization together with Inclusive Leadership, that when combined, become the catalyst to successful DEI Initiatives producing measurable Business Outcomes.

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Fashion Icon Chanel Chooses Indian-Born Leena Nair as CEO

US News & World Report

"... The appointment is full of “historic firsts," said Abhay Gupta, CEO and founder of consultancy group Luxury Connect in India.

“I am elated. This is the first time an Indian is heading a global luxury brand, that too an Indian woman, and it’s the first time a fashion industry outsider has been picked,” he said.

People of Indian origin are at the helm of a number of global tech, finance and other companies, but the same can’t be said for luxury brands. Gupta, who also runs a school for luxury management, said his students would be “inspired” by the news. ..."

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Fond Farewell to 2021. Now, Bring on the New Year!

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Leading NOW

#WeCanHelp #FutureForward

"... As we say goodbye to 2021, I’d like to share some of the highlights we’ve had (there have been quite a few, but I promise to keep it short and sweet!), and the people, partners and clients that have helped take us one step closer to achieving “diversity and inclusion for all” goals. ..."

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