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Category: Diversity and inclusion

Diverse Leaders Are Key to Associations’ Success

When we think of any organization, its leaders are often top of mind. Hear “Apple” and you think of the late Steve Jobs. Someone mentions “OWN” and you’re going to think of Oprah Winfrey. It’s hard to separate the leader from the thing they lead, which can be to both the detriment and the benefit […]

Empowering diversity is more than just checking boxes

Your association or organization might have all the right policies in place. You comply with equal employment opportunity measures, you have multiple demographics represented in your staff, and you have discrimination policies that promote a fair work environment.  Theoretically, you’re checking all the right boxes to make your association membership and staff a diverse and […]

What it takes to update governance documents for a 172-year-old association

Even before Sudip Parikh sat at his desk for the first time as the newly minted CEO at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he knew what his first major project would be: Updating the 172-year-old association’s governing documents.  “I didn’t have to convince the board that this was worthwhile,” Parikh said. “They […]

Why a private Slack channel for Black staffers works for this organization

As the world reckons with the results of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota, many organizational leaders continue to look for ways to support their employees and members through stressful times. One organizational leader who has excelled at this very thing is Shameka Jennings, the director of meeting and partners at the National Coalition of STD Directors. 

3 ways to build on diversity efforts this year

This year, it is so important to continue the growth we saw in 2020. It is up to individuals, and institutions, to prioritize diversity efforts to ensure that the connections we have made continue to grow stronger for the future.

The 4 cornerstones for successful and equitable hiring

As we’ve seen in 2020, diversity and inclusion tactics are more important than ever and including them in your hiring process will not only offer opportunities to people of all walks of life, but bring new perspectives to your organization.

How this survey revealed the racial inequities in the association industry

Changing these statistics are just the first of many steps to creating solutions to systemic inequalities. 

The importance of shared definitions in conversations on race

Having what Dialogue on Race Louisiana President and CEO Maxine Crump calls “shared definitions” is the key to fostering genuine and solution-oriented conversations.

How the Romance Writers of America responded to racism accusations — and what associations can learn from them

For associations, now is a perfect time to take a step back, analyze policies and bylaws and make changes to those that protect — or even promote — inequality.

Why eliminating racism starts with institutions

In a 2015 TEDx Talk at Virginia Tech, Reed said individuals are not born prejudiced — they learn bias somewhere along the way. So in trying to fix America’s racism problem, starting with individuals is starting in the wrong place.

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