Part of what makes tackling diversity and inclusion so difficult is that it hasn’t been “solved” before. There’s no playbook on how to reverse undesirable trends; as one D&I expert recently summed it up for Fast Company, “Although it would be more comforting to claim we now have ‘best practices,’ the reality is that we just have ‘better practices . . . we think.’” Often, there’s not even consensus within our own team about the right way forward. (There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not men should be included in those fireside chats with women leaders, for example–and I consider the fact that the debate is happening at all to be a sign we’re moving in the right direction.) … [Read more...] about I Accidentally Built A Brogrammer Culture. Now We’re Undoing It
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In the meantime, I’ll still be following Fast Company’s podcast Secrets of the Most Productive People, which serves as a great starting point. Learning from the best will always be incredibly valuable, and a source of really powerful ideas. But keep in mind that’s all it is—a starting point, not an ending one—and that you must adapt yourself to your changing circumstances and situations. Trying to fit into someone else’s simply won’t work as well as discovering your own. … [Read more...] about Try these 3 tactics to boost your personal productivity
In its impact strategy, Canada Goose announced a variety of production standards and commitments, including using reclaimed fur and completing a Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification. Both are reflected in the new jacket, which features 100% responsibly sourced down fill and reclaimed fur trim, along with recycled nylon, lining, shock cords, and zippers. The parka’s signature fabric, Arctic Tech, is a new blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester that stays soft and supple rather than crinkly in the extreme cold. … [Read more...] about How Canada Goose made its famous Expedition Parka sustainable
Most instances of untitling are not as deliberate as the one in the Wall Street Journal op-ed but can be just as damaging. As Professor Claire Hopkins pointed out, omitting titles when introducing women is “a subtle form of unconscious bias that may appear trivial, but can adversely affect their perceived authority.” Professor Hopkins described being introduced as “Claire” in front of a 2,000-person debate audience, while her male opponent was introduced as “Professor Blogs.” In another example, Dr. Susan Fong, who holds two doctoral degrees—M.D. and Ph.D.—was mistakenly referred to as “Ms. Fong” in an article in a physicians’ magazine for which she was the lead author. Her male coauthor was referred to correctly as “Dr. Kossoff.” Similarly, female professors report that students address them using their first name or as “Miss/Ms./Mrs. Lastname,” even when these professors have introduced … [Read more...] about We need to stop ‘untitling’ and ‘uncredentialing’ professional women
Another big focus is on building up testing resources. There are 790 drive-through testing sites around the country, according to a tool developed by Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. The White House says it wants to double that number. It also wants to expand how testing is done through an investment in rapid tests and at-home tests. As part of that expansion, Biden wants to create a Pandemic Testing Board, a civilian advisory board which he sees as similar in function to the War Production Board that President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood up to coordinate defense production resources. The White House has also promised to launch a U.S. Public Health Jobs Corps, which would amass a 100,000-strong workforce to “perform culturally competent approaches to contact tracing and protecting at-risk populations.” … [Read more...] about Biden has inherited the worst health crisis in memory. Can he turn it around?