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LGBTQ Pride Month: Blog Round-up

June is LGBTQ Pride month in the United States, when we honor the bravery of the Stonewall patrons who started the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Led by African-American trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, these heroes took a stand against public humiliation and police brutality. Fifty years later, LGBTQ people still struggle to be seen and…

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Status Quo: How Male Allies Can Effect Change

I happened to be visiting a city recently where I had family and a couple of meetings. Between engagements, I stopped for some lunch and sat outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. While I was sitting on a bench in a surprisingly not-so-clean park, a gust of wind lifted up my napkin. As it danced…

Welcoming LGBTQ+ Employees

Welcoming LGBTQ+ Employees: 6 Strategies

Why Should Companies Show They Value LGBTQ+ Employees? Employers know that employees need to bring their full selves to work if they are to contribute at the highest levels. At the same time, research tells us that half of LGBTQ employees are still in the closet at work. (Source: Human Rights Campaign).  Many companies have created Resource…

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Coming Out as Bisexual in the Insurance Industry

In February 2018, I committed to out myself to over 50,000 people, almost entirely at once, as part of an education initiative at a Fortune 100 insurance company. In truth, I had made my decision nearly a year prior and was just waiting to be asked! I don’t go out of my way to hide…

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Veterans: A High-Potential Talent Pool

In response to my article Job Descriptions: 4 Tips for Attracting Diverse Candidates, reader Jamie Costello asked to write about the importance of hiring veterans in the private sector. His article appears in its entirety, below. Any manager or business owner will tell you that trying to get the right talent for their business is…

Book: NBB Companion Workbook

Are you read to transform your career, one relationship at a time?Order Your Copy Today!Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career. We all face challenges in making meaningful connections, especially with people who differ from us in significant…

Is Your Company Leaving Talent on the Table?

Half of your LGBTQ employees are still in the closet at work. (Source: Human Rights Campaign) Why should you care? Employees need to bring their full selves to work if they are to contribute at the highest levels. Perhaps you’ve already created Resource Groups or a Diversity Council to provide a sense of community and safety…

#MeToo Backlash

#MeToo Backlash Is Real. And Wrong.

Several of my colleagues have asked me — numerous times — to weigh in on the #MeToo Backlash. It seems that some men are retreating into their corner offices and private golf clubs to avoid false accusations of sexism and sexual assault. They have it all wrong. First, A Brief Herstory Lesson For a lot…

Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Leadership: Make It a Management Priority

What Is Inclusive Leadership? Inclusive leadership is a complicated topic. Leadership itself is multifaceted, and we’ve seen a change in leadership over time. Leadership used to be very focused on command-and-control. Then the concept of servant leadership came into vogue, where leadership was about service to the people that you were leading. I also love…

Job Descriptions: Focus on Activities

Job Descriptions: Focus on Activities

In response to a recent Lead at Any Level post regarding job descriptions that attract diverse candidates, Omer Molad at Vervoe offers the following additional advice. (Editor’s note: This content originally appeared on the Vervoe blog and has been republished here at the request of the author.) Here’s how to write a job description that will attract…

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