TDOR & Beyond: How Can You Support Transgender Communities?

TDOR & Beyond: How Can You Support Transgender Communities?

Today we celebrate International Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience. The day effectively raises visibility to the significant barriers transgender & non-binary people endure in all aspects of our daily lives; however, TDOR alone is not a panacea to dismantle them. Complimenting the day, we need more cisgender allies, accomplices, and champions committed to doing the day-to-day work required to improve the lives and well-being of our communities. This blog post offers more background about TDOR, and encourages you to consider what more you can do to support transgender & non-binary people.

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Belonging At Work After the Elections

Belonging At Work After the Elections

On World Kindness Day, Rhodes Perry moderated a panel discussion with some of today’s most inspiring diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leaders. Together, they discussed how workplace leaders could cultivate workplace cultures of belonging after the midterm elections. If you were unable to participate in the November 13 discussion, you now have the opportunity to watch a recording of the panel and learn how political changes impact workplace culture. You will also gain insights on how to navigate politics and lead on workplace belonging.

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Celebrate September

Celebrate September

Celebrations and September go hand-in-hand. This year is especially worthy of celebrating. Why? September is my birth month, and this month marks the completion of writing my first book, Belonging at Work! l wrote the book to help leaders, and those on their way to joining them, build diverse and inclusive workplaces. The stories, case studies, and research featured in the text offer everyday actions you can take, no matter your role, to build a more inclusive organization.

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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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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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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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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 Cultivating Workplace Cultures of Belonging

Supplying New Timber for Cultivating Workplace Cultures of Belonging

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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It’s Shakespearean, But Is Your LGBTQ Policy Actionable?

It’s Shakespearean, But Is Your LGBTQ Policy Actionable?

LGBTQ workers can still be fired in 30 states simply for who they are, or who they love. Fortunately, a growing number of employers are taking the initiative to develop their own LGBTQ non-discrimination policies to protect these workers. This post is specifically written for executives eager to translate these policies into lasting culture change. It is the fourth 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. After reading this post, be sure to save your seat for tomorrow’s Q&A webinar where this topic will be further explored.

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Benchmarking LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Benchmarking LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Believing that your workplace culture is 100% welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ employees is a sure sign that your business may have a few significant blind spots. This post is specifically written for executives willing to identify those blind spots by assessing their workplace culture, establishing a diversity & inclusion baseline, and developing aggressive benchmarks to transform the existing culture. The post is the third of a five-part series detailing my consultancy’s TEAMS Transformation Method™, a unique branded system designed for executives, HR, and diversity professionals ready to transform their big ideas about LGBTQ diversity & inclusion into actionable plans. After reading this post, be sure to save your seat for the 9/22 Q&A webinar where this topic will be further explored.

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Empowering Leaders to Embrace Diversity & Inclusion

Empowering Leaders to Embrace Diversity & Inclusion

Executives sometimes face resistance when it comes to motivating and inspiring their leadership teams to embrace LGBTQ diversity & inclusion as a global business strategy. This post is written for these executives by offering several strategies to cultivate and empower leadership teams to enthusiastically implement LGBTQ diversity and inclusion business strategies. The post is the second of a five-part series detailing my consultancy’s TEAMS Transformation Method™, a unique branded system designed for executives, HR, and diversity professionals ready to transform their big ideas about LGBTQ diversity & inclusion into actionable plans. After reading it, be sure to save your seat for a Q&A webinar where this topic will be further explored.

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Fine Tune Your LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Vision

Fine Tune Your LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion Vision

For those exceptional leaders eager to fine tune their LGBTQ diversity & inclusion vision, look no further! This post shares a glimpse of the first step of the TEAMS Transformation Method™, a unique branded system my firm developed for executives, HR, and diversity professionals ready to transform their big ideas about LGBTQ diversity and inclusion into an executable plan. Read more about five strategies necessary to fine tune your LGBTQ diversity & inclusion vision here, and save your seat for the 9/22 Q&A webinar where these strategies and more will be discussed. 

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Share Your Opinion & Register Today!

Share Your Opinion & Register Today!

In advance of my consultancy’s first webinar, Engaging LGBTQ Employees, I am encouraging prospective participants to share their opinions about the topic here. The results will help identify the pain points employers are attempting to resolve, and will inform the Q&A webinar discussion. The discussion will go deep into examining if and how employers are recruiting, retaining, and developing LGBTQ employees. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about how my consultancy can help organizations like yours develop and execute LGBTQ diversity, inclusion, and equity strategies.

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