Nov 28
Why Apple’s Head of Diversity Had to Apologize for Being Right
Recently, during the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Denise Young Smith, Apple’s head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) made a statement that was quickly labeled as controversial not only by diversity and inclusion critics and detractors, but also by experts and advocates. “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed blond men in a room,” she said during a panel discussion, “and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.” Young Smith was making a statement of fact, and she was right. Yet the blowback and condemnation…
Apr 25
Diversity and Inclusion Aren’t the Same Thing
“Diversity” and “inclusion” are often thought to be the same thing, but they’re actually different concepts. Diversity advocate Verna Myers explains the difference between the two terms well: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” An organization can easily hire employees with different backgrounds, but making sure these employees feel included can be more difficult. In “Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion,” Laura Sherbin and Ripa Rashid explain four ways to increase inclusion in your organization. Start with leadership. Leaders can practice six behaviors to make employees feel more included: encouraging them to speak up,…