Diversity and inclusion. D&I. What if we put the I first? Imagine what might change? This week I’m thinking (again) about Board diversity. The lack of diversity and the need for diversity on Boards of Directors is something we have been hearing about for years. Last week I was at an … [Continue reading] What if we put the I first?
I didn’t watch the Academy Awards, but I did google the video about representation. If you didn’t see it, you can watch it here. The messages are clear. So I'm going to highlight a few of the many great things that were said, and say a few words about them. Voices being heard... Mira Sorvino … [Continue reading] The Oscars and Representation
Of course I saw Black Panther this past week. Here are a few thoughts. I left the cinema feeling proud. Like the melanin in my skin was an opportunity. I wondered why the person who technically saved the world was a white dude. One of the few in the movie. Really?! Wesley Snipes could … [Continue reading] Musings about Black Panther
In Canada, despite the fact that Visible Minorities make up 21.9% of the population (much more in some cities) the representation of people from “diverse” backgrounds (as well as female representation) is still abysmal. Bill C-25 (currently before the Senate) is aimed at changing that. It would … [Continue reading] Why D&I needs Bill C-25
A Story: Picture this (a true story): A Person of Colour and a White person are texting (you pick who you want to be in this scenario). They are discussing plans, and at the end of the exchange the Person of Colour sends their White friend a brown “thumbs up” to indicate that they agree. The White … [Continue reading] Emojis and Skin Tone
Lack of Diversity One of the things that irks me is the lack of diverse representation in images. If you take a look at the images that are used on websites, in ads, on posters, on billboards, the majority of the people used are white, thin, depicting heterosexual relationships, able bodied, and … [Continue reading] Visual Representation
On the heels of last week's interview with Anne Golden (CEO of the Conference Board of Canada) on CBC, here are 5 things Anne suggested companies need to do, to make a conscious effort to increase the number of women in senior management. Anne made reference to these as steps CP Rail has taken in … [Continue reading] 5 Ways to Increase the Number of Women in Senior Management