D&I Friday Read No. 148

Weber Shandwick and KRC Research just published a new study on how different generations feel about “CEO activism”. 47% of the Millennials said CEOs have a responsibility to talk about issues that are important to society, and 44% of them said they would be more loyal to a company with an activist CEO. Read more here.

A very interesting NY Times article on the various reasons why we are still battling to see more women heading up Fortune 500 companies. The author spoke to women who almost made it to the top and also looked at a Korn Ferry survey with senior executives and there still seems to be a strong bias against women becoming CEOs.

Unconscious Bias
A new approach to tackling Unconscious Bias is coming from this Australian company. The startup Diversifly is using immersive learning through VR (Virtual Reality), which allows the participants to interact and directly experience bias via an app on their smartphone.

Singer Charli XCX just released her new video for her song “Boys”. With the support of other artists like Joe Jonas, Mark Ronson and Charlie Puth, as well as puppies, pancakes and flamingos, she challenges gender stereotypes typically shown in music videos.


D&I Friday Read No. 147

Very interesting: Deloitte is currently phasing out their employee resource groups they had established for women and LGBTQ – and will build inclusion councils instead. These councils will help to get everyone at the table to discuss, engage and support, including white men. Read more here.

Women in STEM
Blizzard Entertainment (Word of Warcraft) is one of the most popular employers in the video gaming industry, but even they have been struggling to hire more females. Last year they rolled out a new graduate program though and managed to double the number of female interns within a year with some simple but very efficient tactics

A study recently published by researchers at Harvard showed that venture capitalists are more likely to hire females if the other (senior) partners have daughters. The improved gender diversity then had a positive impact on the performance of the firm. This NYT article gives you a quick overview if you don’t have time to read the entire paper.

Although some newspapers called this “mansplaining”, it was definitely not – but the outcome is hilarious so I just had to share with you:  Kim Clijsters (4-time Grand Slam winner) received advice from a spectator while playing a doubles match at Wimbledon last week and challenged him to play against her right there.

D&I Friday Read No. 146

Salesforce just released a very interesting study on value driven leadership trends and the impact of equality. Companies that actively work on diversity and inclusion and drive equality do not only see higher employee engagement, it also has a significant impact on their customers loyalty.

Inclusion & Tech
Microsoft just launched “Seeing AI”, a free app that helps visually impaired people to “see” the world around them. The app uses artificial intelligence and can, among other features, recognize people it has met before and even read emotions.

Airbnb had issues with racial discrimination in the past – but this week for the first time a racist host was actually penalized for cancelling a reservation making a racist remark. The host was not only banned from the platform but has to pay damages and take a course in Asian American studies. Read more here.

In order to become more inclusive, the London Tube decided to change their “ladies and gentlemen” announcement to a greeting that is more gender-neutral.

D&I Friday Read No. 145

Similar to Deloitte in 2016, Microsoft just introduced paid family caregiver time off. This benefit will soon be available to employees worldwide and does not only improve employee satisfaction and work-life balance, but drives gender equity and can reduce workplace discrimination against women. Read more here.
And here is the statement from Kathleen Hogan, HR EVP at Microsoft.

If you were born between 1977 and 1983, you might relate to this: An Australian Professor of Sociology recently spoke about a new micro-generation, the Xennials. People born between Generation X and Millennials often don’t feel they belong to either of them, as they have experienced an analogue childhood and a digital adulthood/working life. Are you a Xennial? Take the quiz!
(And if you enjoyed the quiz, have a look at this one as well)

It’s a common stereotype that women talk more than men. But is that really true or is it a myth? This very interesting The Economist article looks at various studies and shows that there is actually no evidence.

This is a wonderful story: After having two children with Down syndrome, Amy Wright decided she wanted to raise more awareness for people with disabilities and opened Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, a coffee shop that offers employment to 40 people with a variety of disabilities.