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Here are the top companies promoting diversity for minority women in the workplace

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The face of management is finally changing, but there’s still a long way to go before women – particularly minority women – achieve equality in the workplace, according to a new study.

Working Mother magazine today unveiled its annual 2019 study on diversity in the workplace. The findings in Best 2019 Companies for Multicultural Women reveal a promising increase for minority women in some leadership roles, as well as more investment in diversity by top companies. (read more)

Solving tech’s stubborn diversity gaps

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Twenty years after Jesse Jackson first took aim at tech employers, Silicon Valley’s enduring diversity gaps remain a painful reminder of its origins as a mostly white boy’s club.

Sadly, little has changed in the decades since the campaign first made headlines. Today, just 7.4 percent of tech industry employees are African-American, and 8 percent are Latinx. Workers at Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter — according to those companies’ own reports — were just 3 percent Hispanic and 1 percent black in 2016.

In some ways, tech’s equity gaps reflect a simple supply and demand imbalance. But it is an imbalance with artificial constraints. Because while Black and Hispanic students now earn computer science degrees at twice the rate that they are hired by leading tech companies, they are all but invisible to most recruiters.  

The problem stems from the fact that tech employers tend to recruit from a tiny subset of elite U.S. colleges.  Which means they may never come into contact with, for example, the 20 percent of black computer science graduates who come from historically black colleges and universities. Thousands of talented candidates are overlooked each year because they graduate from less-selective public universities, minority-serving institutions or women’s colleges — schools that exist far outside the elite network where tech employers recruit. (read more)

Want to Improve Your Company’s Diversity? Go Remote.

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Remote work is a force that you, as a business leader, should be reckoning with. After all, there are a lot of perks with letting your workforce go remote; not only do you save on the costs associated with a physical office but you avoid the dreaded daily commute. More important: You can improve company diversity. Going remote provides a seamless way to open your company up to a workforce that’s varied in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity and ability. (read more)

Cinco de Mayo: What it is and how to celebrate

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his Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, a day celebrating Mexican culture across the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Mexico. Here is a complete guide to the holiday, from what it is to what foods to serve at your own fiesta.

WHAT IS CINCO DE MAYO AND WHAT DOES IT CELEBRATE?

People in the U.S. often mistake Cinco de Mayo for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s underdog victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The triumph inspired the Mexican people and, six years later, the French were finally driven out of Mexico for good. Today, the holiday more broadly celebrates Mexican culture as a whole.

WHEN IS CINCO DE MAYO?

Cinco de Mayo, which directly translates from Spanish to the “fifth of May,” will take place this Sunday, May 5.

HOW IS CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATED?

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexican Americans with festive dress, parades and, of course, food! Typical spreads for the holiday include tacosguacamole and tequila drinks. If you are throwing a Cinco de Mayo party this year, be sure to give these festive recipes a try! (read more)

Diversity Is Important For Businesses’ Bottom Line And America’s Competitiveness

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The recently created Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing today to examine data and research about the social and economic benefits that can be achieved when organizations implement robust diversity and inclusion strategies. “Diversity and inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good for business and our economy!” exclaimed Representative Joyce Beatty, the chair of the subcommittee.

The subcommittee’s memo pointed out that “Although the United States is becoming more demographically diverse, the financial services industry, especially at leadership levels, remains mostly white and male.” According to McKinsey “Women in the Workplace 2018,” progress on gender diversity at work has stalled. “To achieve equality, companies must turn good intentions into concrete action.”  Unfortunately, the consulting firm’s research found that “Since 2015, the first year of the company’s study, corporate America has made almost no progress improving women’s representation. Women are underrepresented at every level, and women of color are the most underrepresented group of all, lagging behind white men, men of color, and white women.” (read more)

Lucy Liu Talks Diversity at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Lucy Liu’s star now adorns the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making her only the second Asian-American woman ever to receive the honor. “Asians have been making movies for a long time,” she said in her speech. “They just weren’t making them here because we weren’t yet invited to the table.” She used the event to give credit to Anna May Wong, the first Asian-American woman to receive a star almost 60 years ago. “A hundred years ago, she was a pioneer while enduring racism, marginalization, and exclusion,” she said. “We could actually start our own little Chinatown right here.” She also spoke about her early difficulties trying to land mainstream roles, until she got her big break with the part of Ling Woo on Ally McBeal at a time when she says diversity on television was rare.David Kelley, who is here today, took a risk by creating Ling Woo,” she said. “David, thank you for taking a chance on me.” Liu was joined at the event by her girl Drew (Barrymore) and her other Charlie’s Angels co-stars, Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore. Oh, and of course her family and friends. (read more)

These investments aim to push for workplace diversity and gender-pay equity

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  • If you want to invest in companies based on how well they integrate women, there are funds that follow that strategy.
  • These investments typically select companies based on certain criteria, such as how many women are in companies’ management ranks.
  • The funds also strive to perform well. “You don’t have to give up anything for equality,” one investment executive says. (read more)

HBO® Premieres Three New APA Visionaries Short Films For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, HBO will premiere three short films from the 2019 Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a short film program in its third year featuring the works of emerging Asian American directors. Each film addresses developing relationships and its complexities through the modern Asian American lens. The films will be available to stream across all of HBO’s on-demand and digital platforms (including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand®, HBO ZONE® and partner’s streaming platforms) on May 6th at 8pm. HBO will also debut an “APA Collection” featuring the 2019 and 2018 winning films on the HBO NOW® and HBO GO® homepage. (read more)

Halima Aden Makes History as the First Model to Wear a Hijab and Burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Halima Aden is the newest member of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit family, making history as the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine.

“I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Halima said during her shoot. “So to grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya–I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up.” (read more)

UVa names VP of diversity, equity and inclusion

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Ten years after working at Virginia Tech, Kevin McDonald will return to the state — this time as the chief diversity officer at the University of Virginia.

McDonald, currently the vice chancellor of inclusion, diversity and equity at the University of Missouri and the chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri System, will become UVa’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion on Aug. 1.

He has steered Missouri’s flagship university through the aftermath of race-related turmoil in the fall of 2015, which forced out top administrators and drew condemnation from state legislators.

In his new role at UVa, which comes with a starting salary of $340,000, McDonald said he looks forward to recruiting and engaging diverse faculty, staff and students, as well as developing a more outward-looking university that grapples with its role in the surrounding community.

UVa’s offer of a “diversity-plus” position, where he would not only be responsible for equity within UVa but also for community engagement with the surrounding area, was intriguing and helped to clinch the deal, McDonald said. He referenced the recent Community Working Group report, which requested greater UVa collaboration and financial partnership with existing community efforts, as a reason to accept the job. (read more)

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