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Using Your Diversity Story To Connect In The Workplace

By Jennifer Brown, President & Founder Every last one of us knows what it feels like to be excluded. We have all experienced it, albeit some of us more often and, perhaps, more intensely than others—and we all have a diversity story, even those you might not expect. We have distinct differences, but our fundamental needs and wants as individuals are the same. We all want to be Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and HeardSM. Just as institutions have founding stories so, too, do people: the experiences that shaped them, lessons they learned along the way, the source of their values, their passion, what makes them unique, and why they care about what they care about. There is [...]

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Men Doing and Undoing Gender at Work

Elisabeth K. Kelan, Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management at the London School of Economics recently published an article entitled “Men Doing and Undoing Gender at Work: A Review and Research Agenda,” in the International Journal of Management Reviews. She reviewed data from a comprehensive array of studies on the ways in which men are either reinforcing barriers or working to cultivate gender equality in the workplace. The data shows that, in many cases, men are not even aware that they may be hindering progress and privileging the masculine through their behaviors. Male privilege includes the social, economic, and political advantages or rights that are made [...]

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Breaking the mold: Investing in racial diversity in tech

Recently we ran across a new report released by Open MIC about the lack of racial diversity in the tech industry. This is a topic we're often asked about as we travel to speak, consult and train companies in diversity and inclusion. Other industries ask us all the time, "What are they doing in the tech sector about this?" Our answer always surprises them: They aren't doing much better than other industries! The irony is that companies like Google and Facebook are at the forefront of so many innovations and new practices, and yet their lack of diversity undermines things like their financial performance, which investors are paying close attention to. A new report titled, “Bre [...]

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Authentic Leadership and a View from the Top

This is the third in a three-part series by Elizabeth Derby, Senior Consultant at JBC, curating key takeaways from the Global Summit of Women’s 2017 Colloquium on Global Diversity, “Creating a Level Playing Field for Women.” The event saw Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women, bring together a distinguished collection of senior-level speakers who each shared insights and best practices around achieving gender parity in the C-Suite. You can read part one, on creating a level playing field for women, here. You can read part two, on driving sustainable change with bold next practices, here. At this year’s Colloquium on Global Diversity, numerous C-sui [...]

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The Multifaceted Power – and ROI – of ERG Summits

When it comes to Employee Resource Groups (or "ERGs"), we've come a long way. Once considered merely social networks to support underrepresented groups, today they have become widely used tools in the organizational quest to create diverse environments that reflect our changing workforce and marketplaces. These networks drive greater workplace inclusion and are laboratories for bringing our full selves - and all of our diverse identities - to work. They are a living, breathing example of how diversity drives business results, and all leaders should be paying close attention. We documented this shift in our popular ERG Benchmarking Report, supported by long-time JBC client, [...]

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Driving Sustainable Change With Bold Next Practices

This is the second in a three-part series by Elizabeth Derby, Senior Consultant at JBC, curating key takeaways from the Global Summit of Women’s 2017 Colloquium on Global Diversity, "Creating a Level Playing Field for Women." You can read part one here. The event saw Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women, bring together a distinguished collection of senior-level speakers who each shared insights and best practices around achieving gender parity in the C-suite. At this year's Colloquium on Global Diversity, it was heartening to hear the next practices and bold actions that companies are taking to spur engagement with, and accountability from, leaders [...]

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2017 Colloquium on Global Diversity

Creating a Level Playing Field For Women

This is the first in a three-part series by Elizabeth Derby, Senior Consultant at JBC. Elizabeth has over 25 years of line and human capital expertise, and is adept at partnering to drive change and results-focused inclusion and diversity approaches — translating inclusion and diversity into talent, culture and business results.  Last month, the Global Summit of Women’s 2017 Colloquium on Global Diversity, "Creating a Level Playing Field for Women", generated lively dialogue and networking amongst 75+ participants from all over the globe, galvanizing them around a sense of urgency to intentionally disrupt the status quo. Motivated by the universal sentiment "We can’t wait 1 [...]

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10 Steps to Diversity and Inclusion in a Post-Election World

With the need to process the shockwaves of change that have occurred over the last month, we at Jennifer Brown Consulting (“JBC”) have found ourselves on the front lines of numerous important discussions and sharing of thoughts and ideas amongst our community of diversity and inclusion (D&I) change agents. What we’ve felt, personally and professionally, and what we’ve heard from our workforce colleagues, have challenged us to revisit, and question, some core beliefs and practices in terms of how we “do” diversity in the modern organization. Beginning with our first hosted online gathering on November 9th, the day after the election, and subsequent weekly online forums, [...]

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JENNIFER BROWN, AN INTERVIEW: “INCLUSION, DIVERSITY & THE WILL TO CHANGE.”

A few weeks back, Jennifer Brown—an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert, and the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, LLC—officially launched her new book “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change.” Not only did it shoot up to #1 in Amazon’s Best Sellers chart, but it was also awarded “#1 New Release” by Amazon in four different categories: Business & Organizational Learning, Business Consulting, Knowledge Capital, and Workplace Culture. Right before the book launched, our team at JBC found a minute to ask Jennifer more about her reasons behind writing the book now, after more than [...]

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Including ALL in the diversity and inclusion revolution

As we all know (and have felt) by now, this year’s presidential campaign was incredibly divisive along the lines of gender, education, and ethnicity. The immediate spike in the number of hate crimes demonstrates how deep the fractures go in our society, and how exclusion – from economic opportunity, or by a hyper-focus on diversity – is being deeply felt and experienced by so many. The inevitable, and uncomfortable, conclusion is that many of us were not aware of, or didn’t prioritize, full inclusion – in our lives, in our organizations, and in our society. Given this collective blind spot, and the new reality of our country’s incoming leadership as a result, what will we do d [...]

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Making It Safe To Be Different: How To Retain Top Talent

Have you ever felt forced to suppress your true self in an effort to survive in the workplace? If so, you’re not the only one. According to Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion—a study by Kenji Yoshino and Christie Smith for Deloitte University—many in the workplace do this. It’s called “covering” and is defined as “downplaying a known stigmatized identity.” Yoshino and Smith identified 4 main categories in which people feel the need to downplay their identities: Appearance: individuals change grooming, attire, and mannerisms (e.g., tattoos, dreadlocks). Affiliation: individuals do not talk about meaningful relationships (e.g., motherhood). Advocacy: i [...]

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Feeling Our Impact: Getting Honest About White Privilege, The Workplace, And Life

It’s the smallest things that help those outside the norm feel included, respected, and valued, not just at work but also in everyday life. For example, as a diversity and inclusion expert, I often explore both unconscious bias and the ramifications of privilege with my clients. When the role of privilege isn’t understood by leaders who’ve unwittingly benefited from it because of their ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background, I find there is less understanding about—and compassion for—the particular difficulties some face in today’s organizations who are in the minority. When I hear such statements from leadership as “everyone has equal opportunity here”, it confir [...]

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Five Simple Truths About Diversity and Inclusion

Remember Leslie Miley? In the fall of 2015, he created ripples of raised eyebrows across the tech world (and beyond) when he blogged about his decision to leave Twitter, the social media giant. His reason? Their poor response to diversity issues—specifically those revolving around its hiring practices and the low representation of black and Hispanic workers in its workforce. Miley’s revelation rang loud and wide, and it raised some tough questions for everyone within earshot. How bad did an experience have to be in order to justify quitting a job that most in your field would do anything to have? Fast forward to early 2016, when I found myself presenting on the topic of build [...]

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JBC Executive Recommends Conference As Way to Grow and Support LGBT Business

JBC Executive Recommends Conference As Way to Grow and Support LGBT Business There’s no better place to experience a truly inclusive business community than at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Conference, according to Jennifer Brown, CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC). And if you work at it, she advises, you can get a taste of the success it engenders, and build valuable and long-lasting relationships with potential clients and partners as a result. But most powerful is the mutual commitment between suppliers like JBC and the large corporations that attend to do business together that revitalizes Brown, as she continues to fulfill her company’s mission of he [...]

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Telling My Story to Build Inclusive Behaviors

June’s PRIDE month has just passed and there’s still no better time to tell a diversity story that shows just how much we all still struggle with coming out and are prone to stereotyping others. Yes, this particular tale applies even to those of us who preach inclusion for a living! And it emerged in an interview I did recently with StartOut. You see, through Jennifer Brown Consulting, I coach corporate talent and leaders at all levels on how to tell and retell their diversity story. It’s one aspect of the business I started in 2006, a business I built to promote and perpetuate diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an eye on fostering business growth and a healthy, inclusive [...]

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Jennifer Brown’s Thoughts on Entrepreneurship: An Audience Member’s Perspective

On Wednesday, May 6, Jennifer Brown participated as a panelist along with five other accomplished woman founders and CEOs at New York City’s newly-renovated LGBT Community Center. The space served as a fresh and fitting location for a multi-generational group of successful women to come together and reflect upon their leadership journeys, including the course that led Brown to become the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and the type of business owner that she is today. An intimate audience of ambitious women, ranging from established executives to recent founders of budding start-ups, were eager for advice from these seasoned leaders, as well as empowerment for their own entre [...]

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Fueling ERG Performance with Executive Sponsors: Roles Made Visible

Is your company looking for ways to turn friendly support groups into smarter, active teams that deliberately benefit the business? Then pick up “Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs,” a white paper by New York City-based diversity and inclusion firm Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC). The study’s findings identify the roles and best practices Executive Sponsors can embrace as they lead Employee Resource Groups to reach new heights of engagement, as well as produce and measure results-driven business improvements. “The fact is, if you don’t really work at it, diverse teams don’t excel,” advises Jim Turley, past EY global chairman and CEO, in the paper’s forward. [...]

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Establishing Value: Do Women Accept Less and Do More?

After almost 10 years as CEO for a global diversity and inclusion firm, I was still shocked when I read EY’s latest report, which predicts we may be “waiting 80 years for gender parity.” Yet the movement around Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, Kleiner Perkins, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, makes me hopeful for a watershed moment. Pao did not win her case, but her determination to bring the case to light ensured the national press could highlight the dismal gender diversity statistics in the tech industry, an issue I am passionate about. In addition, Pao has also taken the step to hire a diversity and inclusion expert at Red [...]

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Claire Tse: Evolving the Organizational Notion of “Fit” to “Welcomed”

Jennifer Brown Consulting is a global network of leading diversity and inclusion experts. Every quarter we present a Q&A profile of one of our team members living the mission of Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard℠.  With more than 30 years of corporate and consulting experience, Claire Tse is a senior consultant who is an expert at identifying strategies to work through generational, racial, and gender biases so individuals can collaboratively develop both tactical and strategic successes. What resonates in the JBC mission of Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard℠ to you as a corporate D&I consultant? What shifts are needed to move from corporate “fit” towards an [...]

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Do You Ask the Right Questions as an Effective Leader?

Many of us grew up believing business and organizational answers live in those people with the most seniority and the most tenure (i.e., knowledge is—or was—power). In today’s dynamic landscape, where hierarchies are being flattened and influence is being democratized, the definition of knowledge, credibility, and success is being re-defined, re-built, and re-located, nearly every day. As the emerging diversity of leadership ideals continues to change the business world, powered especially by a question-asking Millennial generation, leaders are looking for tactics to not only engage employees, but also retain talent. One of the immediate actions leaders can take is to recast their [...]

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