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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Strategies to Deepen Your Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practice

Strategies to Deepen Your Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practice

Considering the rapid cultural & political changes taking root within our communities, this post offers resources to support your workplace's change management needs. Should you need guidance or mentorship along the way - whether in managing diversity & inclusion initiatives at work, or with starting your own business enterprise, please reach out and schedule a 30-minute consult.

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7 Simple Solutions to Build a LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace

7 Simple Solutions to Build a LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace

The march offering of the LGBTQ A-Z Mentorship Program is in full bloom! During our last coaching call, one of the participants requested simple strategies that can be implemented today to cultivate a LGBTQ inclusive workplace. I loved the question, and wanted to expand upon the response I offered on the call here. So without further ado, included below are 7 basic actions everyone from senior leaders to front line staff can take to demonstrate a true commitment to respecting LGBTQ people at work.

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A Brain to Pick, An Ear to Listen, and a Push in the Right Direction

A Brain to Pick, An Ear to Listen, and a Push in the Right Direction

Are you thinking about how to fit LGBTQ people and perspectives into your workplace’s diversity & inclusion framework? If so, who are you turning to for support? Are you simply relying on your colleagues, or are you determined to bootstrap your own solutions? Have you arrived at a place where you are now seeking proven solutions that don’t break the bank, and connects you to a community of like-minded professionals? If you’re struggling with answering these questions, look no further. The LGBTQ A-Z Certification will deliver affordable solutions, and increase your confidence in implementing proven diversity & inclusion interventions. Watch this free webinar all about the program, http://www.rhodesperry.com/webinar, and then enroll by visiting, www.rhodesperry.com/mentorship

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Launching The Out Entrepreneur - A Weekly Podcast for LGBTQ Bosses

Launching The Out Entrepreneur - A Weekly Podcast for LGBTQ Bosses

Today marks the official launch of The Out Entrepreneur, a weekly Podcast where I have the privilege of connecting with some of today’s most authentic LGBTQ entrepreneurs. The show was created for the LGBTQ entrepreneur, business owner, or start-up founder, and the conversations are intended to inspire the next generation of out bosses. Each podcast episode runs around 25 minutes, offers actionable advice, and introduces listeners to some of the 1.4 million LGBTQ entrepreneurs crushing it in business, all while bringing their whole selves to work. Guests reflect upon the ups-and-the-downs of building their business, all in an effort to inspire fellow bosses to take action, and unapologetically be authentic, 100% of the time.

 

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Register for the LGBTQ A-Z FREE Live Webinar

Register for the LGBTQ A-Z FREE Live Webinar

On Friday, January 27 at 11 am Pacific/2 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, HR, 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 a 10% enrollment discount. The LGBTQ A-Z Certification begins on Monday, March 6 and participation is limited to the first 20 people.

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Gain a Mentor & Join the Team!

Gain a Mentor & Join the Team!

This post is for executive, HR, and diversity professionals struggling to effectively engage LGBTQ people in meaningful ways, comply with existing non-discrimination laws, and implement workplace policies that attract top talent and new customers. It details The LGBTQ A-Z Certificationa mentorship program that offers proven and affordable solutions to address these challenges within four weeks. Professionals interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to register for a FREE live webinar on Friday, January 27 at 11:00 am/2:00 pm. In advance, participants are encouraged to share their opinion about the type of mentorship they desire here. The LGBTQ A-Z Certification begins on Monday, March 6 and participation is limited to the first 20 people.

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New Year, New Offerings

New Year, New Offerings

In 2017, RPC will mentor more change agents to build inclusive workplaces, and offer support to fellow LGBTQ people interested in taking the entrepreneurial leap. To accomplish these goals, RPC will offer The LGBTQ A-Z Certification in March, a program designed to support executive, HR, and diversity professionals by offering everything needed to lead on equity & inclusion in the workplace. Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to register for a FREE live webinar scheduled for January 27 at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern Time. And for those LGBTQ folks interested in learning more about taking the entrepreneurial leap, subscribe to The Out Entrepreneur, a weekly podcast hosted by Rhodes Perry intended to connect listeners to some of the 1.4 million out bosses crushing it in business. 

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The Workplace as a Sanctuary?

The Workplace as a Sanctuary?

On this darkest day of the year, it’s hard not to think about the growing tidal wave of fear and uncertainty threatening to crash down upon marginalized communities like immigrants, people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and those living at the intersections. For LGBTQ people, 82 percent believe that “day-to-day life is likely to get worse” in the United States as a result of the Presidential elections. The lack of inclusive federal workplace protections leaves 52% of the LGBTQ population vulnerable to being fired on the basis of who they are, or who they love. Despite these grim realities, progressive workplaces offer critical sanctuaries for LGBTQ people in some of the most hostile parts of the country. This post offers several strategies for businesses to expand these sanctuaries. To learn more, subscribe to the RPC newsletter, and gain additional strategies to transform yourself and your workplace.

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Diversity Professionals: Don't Mourn, Organize

Diversity Professionals: Don't Mourn, Organize

The 2016 Presidential Campaign Season has officially ended, and with it, so has the world as we know it. For diversity professionals, we have the unique challenge of addressing the Pandora’s Box of hate-inspired messages opened by the Trump/Pence Presidential Campaign. The opening of this Pandora’s Box has specifically emboldened certain segments of the public to legitimize their fear, hatred, and anger towards women, immigrants, people of color, disabled people, and LGBTQ people. This post offers a source of support for diversity professionals, and encourages those interested to subscribe to the RPC quarterly newsletter, and be the first to learn about new tools, courses, and strategies to continue transforming ourselves and our organizations to be more equitable and inclusive.                                                                                                                  

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Supplying New Timber for Building LGBTQ Inclusive Workplaces

Supplying New Timber for Building LGBTQ Inclusive Workplaces

The TEAMS Transformation Method supplies new timber to build inclusive workplaces that welcome LGBTQ talent, and appeal to LGBTQ markets. This post outlines the process, and shares an opportunity for executive, HR, and diversity professionals to gain the skills needed to complete the first step of this method. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT. Participants who register before November 1 will save $50. Once registered, participants will receive a pre-work activity, and an optional 30 minutes coaching session following the training. Be sure to register today by visiting: http://www.rhodesperry.com/teamsregister

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Happy National Coming Out Day!

In honor of National Coming Out Day, I’m offering an early-bird registration special of $97 for my next webinar hosted on Thursday, December 1 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern Time. The webinar will support executive, HR, and diversity professionals interested in gaining skills, receiving mentorship, and being held accountable to develop a clear LGBTQ diversity and inclusion vision. During the live event, participants have the opportunity to share their ideas, challenges, and solutions when it comes to crafting a clear LGBTQ diversity & inclusion vision intended to create more welcoming workplaces. The webinar special also includes a pre-work activity, and an optional coaching call following the training. The special discount rate will be honored for all who register before November 1. You can secure your discount rate, and save $50 by registering here. The registration fee will increase to $147 after Monday, October 31.

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Lasting Workplace Transformation Relies on Your People

Lasting Workplace Transformation Relies on Your People

The future of work relies on how skillfully employers manage change. When changes in the workplace increases, employees may experience resistance that can impede desired workplace transformations. This post offers six approaches employers can adopt to support their employees overcome resistance, and instead embrace the attitudes, behaviors, and skills needed for successful and speedy implementation. It is the fifth and final post of a five-part blog series detailing my consultancy’s TEAMS Transformation Method™, a unique branded system designed for executive, HR, and diversity professionals ready to transform their big ideas about LGBTQ diversity & inclusion into actionable plans that deliver results. After reading this post, be sure to save your seat for my consultancy’s next live webinar where this topic will be further explored.

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