What is Radical Inclusion?

What is Radical Inclusion?

In the DEI world, this artistic concept of negative space translates into concrete guidance for leaders eager to construct their own definition of radical inclusion. This work gets an organization closer to establishing a culture where everyone wants to be radically included. This blog post focuses on how you can begin to  leverage negative space to develop your own definition of radical inclusion. It is the first installment of a 5-part blog series related to the inaugural Belonging at Work Online Summit taking place October 7 – 11, 2019. Save your seat for the Summit here. Registration is FREE!

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Make 2019 the Year of Belonging!

Make 2019 the Year of Belonging!

Let’s face it…keeping New Year’s resolutions is tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have made a personal resolution to do more in your workplace to build an inclusive organization, and you aren’t certain where to start, look no further! The RPC Team has developed the 30-Day Belonging Challenge specifically to help you take everyday actions to cultivate a workplace culture of belonging. When you enroll in the Challenge, you’ll spend about 5 minutes each day (tops!) incorporating some of the concepts from Rhodes Perry’s new book, Belonging At Work. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today, encourage a friend or a colleague to join you, and together let’s grow the #BelongingMovement!

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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month!

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month!

This October, let us celebrate, remember, and honor the sacrifices and hard work of the many LGBTQ people, and our allies, who have come before us to help make the workplace a more welcoming and inclusive environment for so many within the Rainbow Family. For ideas on how to talk about the importance of this month at work, please review this great list.

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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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 historically underrepresented and undervalued 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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