2018 DEI Trends: Sourcing Candidates with Non-Traditional Credentials

2018 DEI Trends: Sourcing Candidates with Non-Traditional Credentials

Last week I published the second of six posts exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. This week’s post examines to source candidates with non-traditional credentials to meet the high demand for talent in booming industries such as tech, healthcare, and green energy. As your firm continues to evolve and compete for high potential talent, subscribe to the RPC, Belonging at Work Newsletter, for more ideas, strategies, and solutions to help address your specific workplace inclusion challenges.

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2018 DEI Trends: Leveraging AI to Overcome Unconscious Bias

2018 DEI Trends: Leveraging AI to Overcome Unconscious Bias

Last month, I co-facilitated a webinar for the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) where we discussed the power and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. Inspired by the conversation, I decided to take the conversation further by developing a blog series exploring some of the 2018 trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. Over the next six weeks we’ll take a deeper dive exploring some of these trends. Be on the lookout for more posts every Wednesday, and if you like this content, subscribe to the RPC newsletter.

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2018 DEI Trends: Embracing an Inclusive "Diversity" Definition

2018 DEI Trends: Embracing an Inclusive "Diversity" Definition

Last week I co-facilitated a webinar for the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) where we discussed the power and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. Inspired by the conversation, I decided to take the conversation further by developing a blog series exploring some of the 2018 trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. Over the next six weeks we’ll take a deeper dive exploring some of these trends. Be on the lookout for more posts every Wednesday, and if you like this content, subscribe to the RPC newsletter.

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The Powers & Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence

The Powers & Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role in all aspects of Human Resources systems and everyday practices. Often, technology is making decisions before people are making them. But can technology be used to minimize unconscious bias in HR operations? Or does it reinforce stereotypes, and sabotage a company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy? If you are curious about these questions, consider attending an upcoming webinar I'll be co-facilitating with my friend and colleague, Bernadette Smith on Wednesday, January 31 at 12 pm PT for members from the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM)

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Let's SOAR in 2018!

Let's SOAR in 2018!

SOAR – it’s my official word for 2018, and it came about while I was dreaming big about what I want to accomplish this year. Read this post to learn more about how I came up with the word, and how you create your own word that can help you stay focused on accomplishing your business goals for this new year. After you finish reading the post, consider sending a quick email letting me know how I can help address the specific challenges you are looking to resolve when trying to create a workplace culture of belonging for you, your colleagues, and your organization. 

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Thank You, Orlando!

Thank You, Orlando!

Thank you, MBA Orlando, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the greater Orlando business community for your support in helping launch The Out Entrepreneur's inaugural live podcast recording and LGBTQ marketplace event. With your support, the event was an enormous success! The stories shared about the power of LGBTQ businesses offered encouragement and support for those of us in the rainbow family, and to our corporate allies, especially those who work in the world of supplier diversity.

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Celebrate LGBTQ-Owned Businesses this Monday!

Celebrate LGBTQ-Owned Businesses this Monday!

On Monday, December 11, the Out Entrepreneur will host a live podcast recording & LGBTQ marketplace event at the Orange Studio to amplify the power of LGBTQ business owners, strengthen our business relationships, and celebrate our authentic selves. The recording will feature local out business leaders, corporate partners, and representatives from MBA Orlando and the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. Together, panelists will share how they are creating economic opportunities for LGBTQ communities and strengthening supplier diversity efforts for leading corporations in the Central FL and beyond. People living in the region can secure their early bird tickets here: https://livepodcast.eventbrite.ca, and for fans around the world, you can tune in live by visiting Rhodes Perry's YouTube Channel, and tuning in at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT. 

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Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

Changing workplace culture is hard. Creating a workplace culture of belonging can seem even more daunting. To get the support you need to implement your organization’s D&I ethos into everyday best practices, consider participating in the next RPC live webinar on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern. The webinar will offer concrete strategies to help cultivate a workplace culture of belonging. Register for free by clicking here.

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Learn Personal Actions You Can Take to Build an Inclusive Workplace

 Learn Personal Actions You Can Take to Build an Inclusive Workplace

On Thursday, November 9 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern, the RPC team will host a live webinar offering participants simple and effective strategies on how to cultivate a workplace cultures of belonging. The webinar will accomplish two goals: 1) clarify why workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion matter, and; 2) define how any professional in the workplace can take personal actions to cultivate it. Whether you’re a senior executive or new to the workplace, you’ll walk away with concrete strategies and confidence to welcome and include diverse talent, ideas, and experiences in the workplace. Save your spot and register today!

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5 Strategies to Consider Before Coming Out at Work

5 Strategies to Consider Before Coming Out at Work

Coming out on the job remains an extremely complicated matter. Without a consistent federal law prohibiting LGBTQ workplace discrimination, it’s no wonder that more than half - or 53% - of LGBTQ workers remains closeted at work. This post offers strategies to first consider before coming out on the job. If after reading this post, you would like to receive additional support, consider scheduling a 1:1 coaching call with me where we will explore your motivations to come out, and weigh all the factors before taking action.

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10 Resources Making the LGBTQ Business Case

10 Resources Making the LGBTQ Business Case

The resources offered in this blog post are designed to help business executives communicate the LGBTQ business case. If you are struggling to create a workplace culture of belonging for LGBTQ and other underrepresented stakeholders, consider enrolling in the October LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll receive four weeks of individual and group mentorship delivering the support you need to transform your workplace into one where LGBTQ stakeholders know that they belong. Use the enrollment code AUTUMN and receive an exclusive registration discount. Click here to enroll today.

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Enroll in the LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program & Gain a Mentor this Fall

Enroll in the LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program & Gain a Mentor this Fall

In honor of October's LGBTQ History Month, I'm very pleased to announce the next offering of the LGBTQ A-Z Certification, which kicks off on Monday, October 2. The program offers individual and group mentorship for executive, HR, and diversity professionals looking for proven strategies to build a culture of belonging for their LGBTQ stakeholders. When you enroll by Friday, you will receive 50% off of the registration fee when using the promo code AUTUMN. Visit www.rhodesperry.com/mentorship to enroll today!

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Disrupt Traditional Office Arrangements & Inspire an Inclusive Workforce

Disrupt Traditional Office Arrangements & Inspire an Inclusive Workforce

Over the past century, the workplace has evolved in significant ways. Unfortunately, what hasn’t changed for many workplaces is the physical nature of the office – it’s often overlooked as a source for building inclusive environments where teams can thrive. Given this pain point, experts have a wide variety of solutions to reimagine traditional office environments that can help drive innovation, cross-cultural collaboration, and a spirit of inclusion. This blog post offers strategies on how to up the ante of your office space. For leaders interested in communicating why creating an inspiring and inclusive workplace is critical, register for the next  RPC free webinar on the topic by clicking here.

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Virtual Assistant Wanted: Boost Your Skills, Join a Team, & Enjoy Flexible Hours!

Virtual Assistant Wanted: Boost Your Skills, Join a Team, & Enjoy Flexible Hours!

Are you a young professional craving the satisfaction that comes from helping businesses improve their workplace cultures for diverse employees? Are you comfortable joining a virtual team that knows how to balance hard work with good fun? Are you more than okay working on projects that promote entrepreneurship, social justice, LGBTQ movement building, and employment equity issues? You just might have what it takes to join the RPC team...

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11 Ways to Keep Pride Alive Year Round

11 Ways to Keep Pride Alive Year Round

Happy Pride! For LGBTQ and ally folks looking to keep pride alive beyond June, consider committing to taking one, some, or all of the following actions in your workplace over the next 11 months. These actions are designed to help create a more inclusive environment for your LGBTQ colleagues. If you’re shot on time, consider registering for the next free RPC webinar all about making the LGBTQ business case to your leadership team. To prepare for the webinar, check out some of the available research to help craft your own talking points, and come to the webinar hungry with questions. There will be plenty of time for Q&A to help build your own business case.

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Pride 2017: Beyond Food, Fun, and Famous People

Pride 2017: Beyond Food, Fun, and Famous People

Happy Pride! This post provides some background as to why we celebrate Pride Month, and it also offers resources to help you create space for Pride at work throughout the year. As a next step, consider registering for the next free RPC webinar all about making the LGBTQ business case to your leadership team. To prepare for the webinar, check out some of the available research to help craft your own talking points, and come to the session hungry with questions. There will be plenty of time for Q&A to help build your own business case.

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Pride & the Curious Case of an iTunes Hack-Job

Pride & the Curious Case of an iTunes Hack-Job

As The Out Entrepreneur podcast grows in audience size, a curious discovery occurred earlier this week.  I learned the podcast's iTunes page was hacked. As of this date, a completely different show title, host, description, and podcast category is layered over my own show's artwork and reviews. I'm currently working to resolve the issue, and hope that the content of the show inspired an iTunes hack-job. Given the current political and social climate, it wouldn’t be a stretch to make such a claim. Until I can track down more information and evidence, it’s simply speculation at this point. Given Apple’s strong support of LGBTQ people, and their faith in LGBTQ leaders (yay Tim Cook), it’s my hope that their team swiftly resolves this issue. If you have any guidance or suggestions on additional next steps, I’m all ears.

 

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Reframing the Game: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Management Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Reframing the Game: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Management Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

When the topic of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) management is addressed, senior executives and board members sometimes raise concerns about some stakeholders “losing power” when an organization commits to engaging, empowering, and elevating diverse stakeholders into the highest levels of an organization in aggressive and achievable ways. These leaders falsely believe that DEI is a zero-sum game, or the idea that when one person gains something, another loses something in exactly the same amount. This post confirms through research and anecdotal experiences that DEI is instead a game where all parties can truly win. if you are curious about how to begin a DEI dialogue in your own organization, let’s set up a time to talk.

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Register for the Free LGBTQ A-Z Webinar & Gain a Mentor this Pride Season

Register for the Free LGBTQ A-Z Webinar & Gain a Mentor this Pride Season

On Friday, May 5 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern, RPC will offer a FREE live webinar for those interested in learning more about the LGBTQ A-Z Certification mentorship program. This program offers proven and affordable solutions to help executive, human resources, and diversity professionals more effectively engage LGBTQ talent, markets, and suppliers within four weeks. Professionals interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to register for the FREE live webinar today. Those that participate on the live webinar will be eligible for an exclusive enrollment discount. The LGBTQ A-Z Certification begins on Monday, June 5 and participation is limited to the first 20 people.

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10 Resources to Deliver LGBTQ Affirming Services

10 Resources to Deliver LGBTQ Affirming Services

Earlier this month I had the privilege of presenting at Project Harmony’s 10th Annual Speaking of Children Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. I was asked to lead a series of breakout sessions helping child welfare practitioners understand the needs of LGBTQ young people in foster care settings. After the session, I shared 10 resources to support child welfare practitioners deliver LGBTQ affirming services. If you find these resources helpful, subscribe to the RPC Newsletter, where you’ll receive exclusive content like next Friday’s (5/5) complimentary webinar all about creating inclusive organizations for LGBTQ stakeholders. Register today by clicking here: http://www.rhodesperry.com/register.

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