Honor Immigrant Heritage Month & Champion Immigrant Inclusion

Honor Immigrant Heritage Month & Champion Immigrant Inclusion

#ImmigrantHeritageMonth is celebrated to recognize the significant contributions immigrants have made and continue to make in the United States. Now more than ever, diversity, equity, and inclusion champions must amplify the importance of this month at work. It's on us to be the change we want to see in the workplace and the world. The time is right - right now - to #KeepFamiliesTogether, advocate for the rights of our colleagues no matter their national origin, and defend our values.

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Be a LGBTQ Workplace Champion by Avoiding These Five Mistakes

Be a LGBTQ Workplace Champion by Avoiding These Five Mistakes

Happy Pride! This post is written especially for those DEI champions ready to take their efforts to the next level. These leaders understand the compelling business case for LGBTQ inclusion, and are ready to begin taking action to build a more inclusive organization. Before getting started, it’s important to understand the common mistakes executive teams often make, and learn the strategies available to avoid them.

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Join the Pride 30-Day Challenge!

Join the Pride 30-Day Challenge!

Good news – 23 days from today, the 30 Day Pride Challenge kicks off! The challenge offers proven strategies any employee can take action on, no matter their position within an organization. For only $27 - less than $1/day - you will gain support, simple actions, and the confidence needed to cultivate inclusive workplaces for your LGBTQ colleagues. Through these efforts, you will make significant contributions that will signal to your LGBTQ colleagues that they are respected, valued, and belong at work. Enroll today!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Celebrating 30 Years of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame

This Saturday I’ll be speaking at the University of Notre Dame’s 30th Anniversary Celebration of its Gender Studies Program. I am so honored to join a panel discussion with five fellow graduates of the program. Together we will share how our gender studies degrees have shaped our experiences in the world since graduation. We’ll be joining students, faculty, and staff in celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of the Program over the past three decades, while connecting with students and learning more about their scholarship.

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Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People

Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People

This Saturday, Rhodes Perry Consulting teams up with the Portland Area Business Association (aka the City’s LGBTQ Chamber) and NedSpace to host a community listening session focused on dismantling workplace barriers organized by and for transgender and non-binary Portland residents. PABA board leadership in particular is looking to gather community-informed recommendations as to how to dismantle these barriers with the goal of educating local businesses, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and funders. There’s still a few free tickets available to participate, and local transgender and non-binary folks along with allies can secure seats here.

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Explore the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trends

Explore the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trends

Earlier this year, the Belonging at Work team developed a blog series exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. To connect with fellow professionals, we’ll be offering a live webinar next Thursday, April 12 where participants will have an opportunity to further explore these trends. The learning kicks off at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time, and DEI professionals along with anyone else interested in the concept of how to cultivate workplace cultures of belonging are encouraged to register here: www.rhodesperry.com/register.

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2018 DEI Trends: Holding Leadership Accountable to their Diversity Commitment

2018 DEI Trends: Holding Leadership Accountable to their Diversity Commitment

This week’s post examines several strategies designed to link the performance of the senior executive team to their ability in meeting the organization’s DEI goals. It concludes a six-week series examining emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. If you found this series helpful, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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Cultivating Workplaces of Belonging

Cultivating Workplaces of Belonging

Belonging – it's the reason why I started my business, and it's the driving force behind why I've dedicated my career to inspiring others to open their hearts and minds to new people, ideas, and experiences. As I continue to build a purpose-driven business designed to make it easier for professionals to bring their whole selves to work, I am eager to learn more about the specific challenges you are looking to address, and how I can offer support or guidance. I encourage you to let me know how I can help by sending a quick email.

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2018 DEI Trends: Refreshing the Interview Process to Reduce Bias

2018 DEI Trends: Refreshing the Interview Process to Reduce Bias

This week’s post examines several strategies designed to reduce unconscious bias during the interview process. It is a part of a six week series examining emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. After reading this post, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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2018 DEI Trends: Assessing the ROI of Your Diversity Efforts

2018 DEI Trends: Assessing the ROI of Your Diversity Efforts

Last week I published the third of six posts exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. This week’s post examines how we can effectively measure the impact of our DEI initiatives. The content specifically dives into how your firm can incorporate metrics to determine the true ROI of your organization’s DEI efforts. After reading this post, register for the next RPC webinar, Exploring 2018 DEI Trends, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and for additional support and strategies related to this work, subscribe to the RPC Belonging at Work Newsletter.

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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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