Month: April 2016

Smart Conversations

A lack of diversity has put Tech companies at the center of criticism. A largely white and male-dominated industry, Tech is in the early stages of adopting practices that will change the face of their industry According to the Wall Street Journal, 70-83 percent of the top largest tech companies’ leaders are male and 63-73 percent are white.  Among the general employee base, 76-87 percent are men and a low of 41 percent to a high of 69 percent comprise minorities. Clearly, the industry needs to up its game. As organizational development professionals, we understand the challenge and opportunities...

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Unraveling Unconscious Bias

#LoveWins #BlackLivesMatter #YesAllWomen #ShoutYourAbortion #TheSemicolonProject Through social-media platforms, the Millennial Generation expresses its support for the following movements: same-sex marriage, justice for police-brutality victims, greater awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment, and the de-stigmatization of both abortion and mental health. Seemingly, we are highly reformist; indeed, the Pew Research Center reports that we as a group are more progressive, educated, and racially & ethnically diverse than our predecessors. However, an alternative, maybe sinister explanation of our supposed status as a liberal-minded collective is that we are simply unaware of our own prejudices, partly because explicit racism is socially...

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Multigenerational Teaming

By 2020, Traditionalist, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z will co-exist in the workforce. Workforces are becoming progressively diverse in age demographics, creating environments that are opulent with experience as well as youthful enthusiasm. If organizations want to remain competitive in the 21st Century, it is imperative that they implement strategies to navigate the age-diversity of the 2020 workforce. Organizations that embrace the concept of the multi-generational workforce can benefit from the diverse range of skills that comes with employing workers in a varying age ranges. Each generation can bring a different skill set and by...

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Rice Code College

My name is Radina Khalid, and I am studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan where education was a priority for my family. I learned multiple languages and discovered my inclination towards the sciences. When I was seven, I moved to Houston, Texas. Being Pakistani-American, I have had the opportunity to be immersed in two different societies and have learned to explore a variety of fields. The experience that sparked my interest in technology happened during my freshman year of high school, when I coded my first calculator to prepare for the...

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