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The latest thought leadership around diversity and inclusion best and next practices to help you create sustainable change and move your organization forward.

Video: High Context/Low Context Communicator with Julnar

Video Series: Understanding & Connecting to Diversity & Inclusion   High Context/Low Context Communicator with Julnar   Transcript:   Let’s say for example that a co-worker’s communication style may be similar or different from our own. These similarities or differences can create assumptions, right or wrong. One difference that shows up in how we communicate is the level of context we use when we speak. Have you ever heard a conversation between two colleagues that goes like this? One colleague asks another a common question like, “How did the meeting go this morning?” And the response could be: “Compared to our last meeting several people offered some very [...]

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Video: Culture as an Iceberg with Brian

Video Series: Understanding and Connecting to Diversity and Inclusion Culture as an Iceberg with Brian Transcript: Imagine an iceberg. What we know about an iceberg is that only about 10% of it is visible above the waterline with the rest of it floating below. If we look at people being like icebergs, what we immediately observed about us is only a small part of who they are. What we first may notice about people are things like: facial expressions, eye contact, and the sound or tone of the voice, however, what we may not observe immediately are things like a person’s life experiences, where they’re from, or even their preferred way of communicating. Until we learn more about what is [...]

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Jennifer Brown to Speak at NGLCC’s Workshop at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit November 3-6, 2014

  We are happy to announce that Jennifer Brown will be speaking at an additional workshop during Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit, taking place November 3-6, 2014. In addition to Jennifer participating in “Synergy of Equality: Taking your ERG to the Next Level” and "Building Authentic LGBT Leaders: How Wells Fargo Develops Diverse Talent" Jennifer will be presenting with NGLCC's Corporate Relations Manager Casey M. Oakes at the Empowering LGBT Owned Businesses: Advancing Equality Through Corporate Contracts workshop.    In 2011, the Human Rights Campaign included LGBT supplier diversity programs as a scored piece of the Corporate Equality Index. The NGLCC team is a [...]

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Video: Defining Diversity with Miguel

Video Series: Understanding and Connecting to Diversity and Inclusion Defining Diversity with Miguel Transcript: Okay, so let’s look at one way to define diversity. We define diversity as the collection of similarities and differences that we each carry with us at all times based upon: • Characteristics we were born with • Experiences we have had • Choices we have made Although some of the characteristics may be visible to others, like your height or skin color, the experiences and choices we’ve made as individuals are probably less noticeable. Unless we are talking about the choice of what you chose to wear today. [...]

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Video: Concept of Diversity with Jennifer & Miguel

Video Series: Understanding and Connecting to Diversity and Inclusion Concept of Diversity with Jennifer & Miguel Transcript: When you hear people talk about the concept of “diversity”, many immediately assume that this term refers to differences like race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. But whether you call these and other differences that impact us at work “Diversity” or not, we know that to get the full value of differences, Diversity needs to mean something broader. Okay, so let’s look at one way to define diversity. We define diversity as the collection of similarities and differences that we each carry with us at all times based upon: • Characteristics we were [...]

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Video: Concept of Diversity with Jennifer

  Video Series: Understanding and Connecting to Diversity and Inclusion Concept of Diversity with Jennifer Transcript: When you hear people talk about the concept of “diversity”, many immediately assume that this term refers to differences like race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. But whether you call these and other differences that impact us at work “Diversity” or not, we know that to get the full value of differences, Diversity needs to mean something broader. [...]

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Jennifer Brown to Speak at Wells Fargo’s Workshop at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit November 3-6, 2014

  We are happy to announce that Jennifer will be speaking at an additional workshop during Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit, taking place November 3-6, 2014. In addition to Jennifer participating in “Synergy of Equality: Taking your ERG to the Next Level”, Jennifer will be presenting with Wells Fargo discussing how to develop high potential LGBT-identified leaders. We are thrilled to be able help educate others on how to further recognize the talent of LGBT-identified employees. Workshop Title: Building Authentic LGBT Leaders: How Wells Fargo Develops Diverse Talent During this session, participants will get to dive into an immersive learning experience wherethey will get [...]

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Video: Workplace of Today with Jennifer

Video Series: Understanding and Connecting to Diversity and Inclusion   Workplace of Today with Jennifer We work in environments that are multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multi-generational and virtual. These differences can lead to challenges or when fully leveraged, opportunities to differentiate yourself and your organization. Is this truly different than how it used to be? Absolutely, and our workplaces continue to grow in complexity at an accelerated rate. When you hear people talk about the concept of “diversity”, many immediately assume that this term refers to differences like race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. But whether you call these and other differences that [...]

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Sheryl Sandberg Talks About Lack of Diversity at Cannes Lion Festival

Sheryl Sandberg: "So, this weekend when you see a little girl called bossy, and you will, you walk up to those people, even if they're her parents with a big smile, and you say: that little girl is not bossy, that little girl has executive leadership skills". Crowd: Chuckles. This past week, Sheryl Sandberg attended Cannes Lion, an advertising festival, where the best agencies around the globe receive awards for the advertisements they produce. Sheryl Sandberg attended the festival and spoke about the lack of diversity that we still see in executive leadership roles. Sandberg's biggest impact is when she makes the audience aware of the double standard of 'being bossy' in the workplace. M [...]

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Jennifer Brown and ‘Super’ Minority Business Owners

Jennifer Brown, as part of an NGLCC Executive Scholarship, was able to share her experience with the Dartmouth Executive MBA program for Minority Business Owners. Jennifer emphasized to the group of minority business owners that their main challenge is the need to be ‘Superman’ of the business world- minority business owners need to be bigger, better, faster, stronger and more influential than their counterparts, using partnerships to better serve their corporate clients. Check out Jennifer Brown sharing her experience! Each year, the NGLCC awards certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) scholarships to attend executive education courses, intended to strengthen management skills [...]

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Just announced: Jennifer speaking at Out & Equal Workplace Summit November 3 – 6, 2014

We are happy to announce that Jennifer will once again be participating in workshop at the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in San Francisco. Thanks to Andrea Hays from Disney and MBA Orlando for coordinating the panel discussion with Jennifer Brown, Wyndham, New York Life, and Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce! We love talking about taking ERGs to the next level and can't wait to share with this group.   WORKSHOP TITLE:  Synergy of Equality: Taking your ERG to the next level! The Infinity of Inclusion- During the session participants will learn key tactics and take-a-ways on how ERGs can partner with local community resources, which share common goals and mission [...]

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Former BP CEO says Out of the Glass Closet is Good For Business

[caption id="attachment_4311" align="alignright" width="394"] Oli Scarff/WPA Pool—Getty Images[/caption] "I encountered men and women who, despite living in an age of diversity targets, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender corporate networks and equal marriage, are still afraid of the consequences of coming out. Young executives in their 20’s should be free of the fears that plagued me for over 40 years, but the evidence suggests that many of them are not" (Fortune Magazine).  Recently, former CEO of BP John Browne released his new book The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, in which he discusses the benefits and potential risks of coming out in the workplace. Browne [...]

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We’ve Partnered with this #Women and #LGBT Tech Summit

The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two historically underrepresented communities: women and LGBTQ. The Summit brings together hundreds of queer women in tech (and the people who love them), for the most unique technology conference ever. We’ll highlight incredible queer women who are the next generation of technical leaders, and the people who have paved the way. Whether you have a techy job, work at a tech company, or just love technology, we want you to get geeky with other people like you! The Summit is open to everyone. See you there! [...]

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Big Think Edge Features Jennifer Brown Master Classes on Diversity!

Jennifer Brown Consulting recently partnered with Big Think Edge to produce a master class on Diversity Training. The platform has created a few free previews of the first 3 parts to the 6 part series, and we are glad to share them with you here! Read on to sample content from the first three workshops on Diversity Training now.     Jennifer Brown shares that the business world is changing! The walls are coming down between the internal culture and the external culture of your customers. It matters more now to the world the culture of the organizations that they choose to spend their money with. All eyes are on leaders in an organization and now they need to show that they [...]

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Are you accidentally preventing your diverse talent from moving up?

Big Think posted some great preview clips of a training Jennifer Brown did. She explains why it's important for organizations to care about their organizations culture. In  this video preview Jennifer discusses how unconscious bias impacts the ability for diverse talent to get ahead and move up in organizations. She talks about challenging your assumptions of people in the workplace. Sometimes there are assumptions that all women in the workplace need and want certain things and it’s defined across the board. For example, it is assumed a woman with a family and children would rather not travel, and therefore isn’t offered the assignment because of this, when in reality, we are paintin [...]

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Join Jennifer Brown for this Metro New York O&E Event: From Covering Up our Identities to Bringing our Authentic Selves to Work

  July 9 - Dr. Yvette Burton from the Deloitte Center for Inclusion joins Kenji Yoshino, author & NYU Professor of Constitutional Law, to share valuable insights from a joint research project into how the pressure to conform prevents many of us from bringing our authentic selves to work. After these thought leaders present their personal experiences and their research findings, the audience will participate in round table discussions about how many of us cover in one or more of four areas that identify us with our group: Appearance (grooming, attire, mannerisms); Affiliation (behaviors); Advocacy (activities); and Association (individuals in our group). Participants will also [...]

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Want a Culturally Competent Organization? Find out how!

Jennifer Brown has a series of preview clips regarding some of the training she does and why it's important for organizations to care about their organizations culture. In this preview video she discusses that creating a culturally competent organization, is important to the strength of every business. She explains that inclusion training is one of the most important ways to do this. Inclusion is a learned behavior and we can harness and embody those behaviors for the success of our organizations. The habit of leading inclusively can be developed by beginning with awareness and then practice of inclusive language and mind-set. Jennifer discusses the specific training of certain communities [...]

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Jennifer Brown at the GLSEN Respect Awards

We were so excited that Jennifer was invited to attend the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Respect Awards as a guest of Wells Fargo, one of the event sponsor's. She went to this wonderful event recognizing some of the most amazing student and faculty support of the LGBT community. Jennifer was able to see clients there and see some amazing people like Eliza Byard, Robin Roberts, Robert Kropa, Paulina Aldaba, and award winners, Janet Mock, Scott Sapperstein and so many more! This was an absolutely amazing event and if you have the opportunity, take a moment to take a look at the event and the organization. GLSEN Respect Awards "At GLSEN, we want every student, in ev [...]

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Leading in the New Culturally Competent Marketplace

Jennifer Brown has a series of preview clips regarding some of the training she does and why it's important for organizations to care about their organizations culture. In this preview she shares that executives should understand their organizations diversity and demographics. As a leader, everything you do matters, because your customer, both the internal employee customer as well as the external markets need to know that you respect them, understand them and that you have earned their buying power. She shares that traditional minority networks are growing in stature and are more numerous. They represent a growing customer base, to which transparency in an organization really matters. The [...]

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Jennifer Brown Speaking at ENGAGE, MOTIVATE, THRIVE: ERGs DRIVE BUSINESS!

The Network & Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC) is the premier national conference focused on training employee resource group leaders from every type of employee group and aligning them with the business goals of their organizations.This two-day conference gives attendees program ideas, organizational structure, case studies, strategy and tools to take their networks to the next level. Theme for 2014: ENGAGE, MOTIVATE, THRIVE: ERGs DRIVE BUSINESS!  ERG Impact on Innovation & Brand EXPERIENCED ERG LEADERS (4+ years):  ERG Impact on Innovation & Brand  Today’s leading-edge ERGs are increasingly focused on their value as sources of innovation, tackling their company [...]

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