As we close out this year’s recognition of Black History Month, I am thinking about my daughter and son. They both appreciate diversity and inclusion and are opened minded, and full of life. But I also fear, given the atmosphere in this country today, they may become jaded and discouraged. (more…)
It’s been a big year for gender equality ― from the #MeToo movement to the broader recognition of just how far we need to go, to the tangible actions that are (finally) gaining momentum in workplaces.
Before we pat ourselves on the back for recognizing the problem, however, it’s important to understand that now is the time for the hard work of turning the desire to change into actual change.
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A few weeks ago, after a long week of meetings, presentations, various hotels and ensuring that I had no liquids in my backpack, I had the pleasure of meeting a young mother named Donya with her darling son, River. (more…)
In honor of #InternationalWomen’sDay on March 8, I’d like to share the question I get most often as a female leader. (more…)
Comprehensive Sodexo Study Finds Gender-Balanced Management Teams Perform Better on Key Business Objectives (more…)
Recently I watched the movie “Hidden Figures” for the second time, and was again impressed by the achievements of the extraordinary African- American women featured in the film. Through a combination of brilliance and determination, these women overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and enabled the success of the NASA space program. (more…)
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Global Chief Diversity Officer
“Making Every Day a Better Day through Diversity and Inclusion” is Sodexo’s award-winning initiative. What is unique about this initiative and the work Sodexo is doing in diversity and inclusion?
This initiative was a systemic culture change initiative in North America, focused on the development and success of women, people of color, and other historically excluded groups. (more…)
Gender equity in business should not be an issue.
This country has more women with secondary degrees than men. Close to half of the labor force is female. In my thirty-year career, I’ve witnessed a sea change in attitude about women in the workplace.
And yet, it is a problem. Glass ceilings are real. We can break them, but first we have to ask ourselves why they exist and why companies motivated to support change end up with lopsided leadership. (more…)
A 60-something instructor at a major university was working on a project with an undergraduate student. The student complimented the instructor on her proficiency with technology. The student thought he was paying a compliment to the instructor. The instructor was offended because she believed the implication was that her skills were good “for someone her age,” playing into the stereotype that all Baby Boomers struggle with technology. Little did the student know that the instructor serves on the boards of several technology companies and is a former CEO of a tech company. (more…)
For the 57 million Americans living with disabilities, the largest barrier to Quality of Life is finding employment. There are 30 million Americans with disabilities of working age but only 20 percent of them participate in the workforce.
The barriers to employment usually stem from stigma about what individuals with disabilities can achieve and contribute to the workforce. A survey that we worked on with PwC found that many people try to hide their disability out of fear that stigma will keep them from getting a job or limit their job options. (more…)
I’m one of more than 21 million veterans in the U.S. today. After serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was ready to transition to the civilian workforce back in 2005. At first, I questioned how my military skillset would translate to a civilian job. However, after spending the last 11 years in the civilian workforce, I have found that my military experience has helped me thrive and actually create an entire career path.