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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Progressing Towards Success – Maximize Your ERG for Business Impact

Helping ERGs Grow: Sharing JBC Tools for Success We are excited to share with you highlights of a powerful Oct. 7, 2015 Jennifer Brown Consulting workshop that covered how effective Employee Resource Groups develop strategically. Entitled “Progressing Towards Success: Maximizing Your ERG for Business Impact,” the event drew a packed house of more than 120 people eager [...]

Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs Executive Summary

Is your company looking for ways to turn friendly support groups into smarter, active teams that deliberately benefit the business? Are you looking for a quick read? Then pick up the new executive summary of "Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs." The study's findings identify the roles and best practices Executive Sponsors can embrace as they [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]