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.

D&I Friday Read No. 144

Google has just released their latest diversity report and while they managed to make some progress in regard to gender diversity, there was little change in regards to ethnic minorities. Google also announced the appointment of their new Vice President of Diversity, Danielle Brown. Danielle recently left Intel, where she was working as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Unilever decided last year to get rid of their standard recruitment process and have hired over 450 graduates now with this new method: instead of asking for a CV via their career website, they use AI and online games to assess candidates skills. This new process is not only more successful in regards to their offer conversion – it is also eliminating bias from the recruitment process. Read more here.

Accenture just launched “Inclusion starts with I”, a really nice campaign where Accenture employees from different backgrounds and different abilities talk about bias and the power of inclusion in the work environment.

I just have to share this one with you: When we think of a 91 year old woman we usually think of a granny who can barely move. Not Johanna Quaas though – this 91 year German gymnast is still competing and has more core strength than most people half her age (or younger).



D&I Friday Read No. 143

Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases are present in our lives and during decision making, and certainly also in recruitment. This HBR article provides a good summary of why we have to be aware of them and what we can do to reduce bias during the hiring process.

Women in STEM
Very interesting interview with Ann Skudlark, AT&T AI Director, about her career, women in AI and how she supports her team through her inclusive leadership style.

Girls in STEM
Girl Scouts are usually associated with cookie selling – but from 2018 onwards they will start fighting computer crimes. The internet security company Palo Alto Networks and Girl Scouts have partnered up to develop a program so girls from the age of 5 can earn their cybersecurity batches. Read more here.

I love CBeebies (BBCs children’s channel) new campaign! Their agency asked pairs of friends what makes them different from each other and their answers are awesome!

D&I Friday Read No. 142

New Zealand is currently battling with an increase in racism – one out of three complaints to the Human Rights Commission are now about racial discrimination. As part of their “Give nothing to racism” campaign the Human Rights Commission just released this satirical public service announcement “Racism needs your help to survive” featuring actor and firm director Taika Waititi.
June is Pride month, celebrating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that started the LGBTQ rights movement in the US. A lot of companies are using this month to show their solidarity, for example Microsoft or Skittles (the candy). My favourite is the parents though, supporting and showing solidarity with their children.
Chip Conley joined Airbnb as strategic advisor for Hospitality and Leadership at the age of 52, which is double the average age at the tech company. He talks about his journey and his learnings in this very interesting HBR article.

I absolutely love this list that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins tweeted. A Kindergarten teacher sent her a collection of things that happened the week after Wonder Woman was released, sharing how the children were inspired by the movie.