Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MLB has a diversity problem, and it goes beyond the rosters - PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE

by Bill Brink
Originally published: August 21, 2017

Dave Roberts’ Los Angeles Dodgers have steamrolled everyone since mid-May. Dusty Baker’s Washington Nationals, with a revamped bullpen and roster full of All-Stars, are running away with their division. Both teams will make the playoffs and could meet in the National League Championship Series.

Such a matchup could bring further attention to a disparity that has the attention of Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office as well as coaches and executives: In a game where 42.5 percent of players are non-white, Roberts and Baker are two of only three minority managers out of 30 major league teams. Only four teams have a minority general manager or president.

“I think it really stalls your development, overall, in the organization with players,” said Pirates pro scouting supervisor Steve Williams, the president of the Buck O’Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association, of the disconnect between the players and those managing or acquiring them. “All players like to see people that look like them, whether you’re Latin, white, African-American, Japanese, whatever. They want to have someone that they can dialogue with, that understands what they’re going through. When you only see it from one side, you don’t totally understand what some of the players are going through.”

Moose Jaw school division develops course on gender and sexual diversity - CBC

Originally published: August 21, 2017

The Prairie South School Division based in Moose Jaw, Sask., is ready to move forward with a new class on sexual diversity and gender.

"It's a push from the kids in our schools," said the division's director of education Tony Baldwin in an interview with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

The division has encouraged Gay-Straight Alliance groups in the schools, and it is the students in those groups who first identified the need for a course, said Baldwin.

"Through their work and advocacy they carried on to say, 'Look, we need to be talking about this in school, not just outside of school.'"

The business benefits of promoting diversity and inclusion - TELEGRAPH

by Katharine Earley 
Originally published: August 22, 2017

Firms that offer an inclusive environment for a diverse mix for employees stand to innovate, grow and outperform the competition.

Businesses with a healthy balance of men and women are 15pc more likely to outperform their competitors, while those
with employees from a good mix of ethnic backgrounds are 35pc more likely, claims research by McKinsey & Co.

Combine inherent diversity – such as gender, race or age – with acquired knowledge, such as cultural understanding or language skills, and the stakes are even higher.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Granola Boom Proves Japan's Working Women Are Good for Business - BLOOMBERG

by Lisa Du and Shoko Oda 
Originally published: August 20, 20127

Calbee Inc.’s granola snack had been around for 20 years, with no real change to its recipe or sales. Then a female marketing executive turned things around by pitching the cereal as a time-saver for a growing class of Japanese consumers just like her: working mothers.

The strategy clicked, revenue jumped and so did the snack maker’s stock price. Success coincided with a push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to boost women in the workforce. More companies like Calbee, whose Chairman Akira Matsumoto is a vocal advocate of diversity, are starting to see working moms as a lucrative niche in a domestic market that’s shrinking overall.

“Some companies have woken up to the fact that the vast majority of their customers were women and perhaps having women involved in planning might be a way to increase revenue,” said Kathy Matsui, chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The type of inclusion that many employers overlook - HUMAN CAPITAL MAGAZINE

Originally published:  August 21, 2017

Most HR professionals are aware of the many benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Over the last decade, employers across Australia have made impressive progress in the areas of gender, ethnicity and sexuality diversity.  

But there are still major shortfalls in terms of inclusion of people with disabilities. HRD chats to Philip Jenkinson from Media Access Australia about the practicalities of creating a workplace that is inclusive of people with disabilities.

To what extent are companies currently hiring people with disabilities?

The Little Mermaid Musical's Asian-American Ariel Gets Racist Backlash - TEEN VOGUE

by Suzannah Weiss
Originally published: August 20, 2017

Yet nobody takes issue with the singing fish.

Diana Huey, a Japanese-American actor, has been touring the country as Ariel in the Little Mermaid musical since November. Her performance has gotten great reviews, with Broadway World calling her "the most layered, honest, real and still adorable Disney Princess ever." But some audiences are unfortunately taking issue with one thing: her race.

Before a recent show at Memphis's Orpheum Theatre, she started getting hateful remarks on Facebook, she told Buffalo News. "It's hard not to take it personally," Huey told Buffalo News. "I had kind of a funky first part of the show and I was like, how do I get out of this? I can't let that affect me." 

Top 10 tech companies that rank high on gender diversity and surprisingly Google’s not there - CIOL

Originally published: August 18, 2017

he workplace culture and company review platform, Comparably has come up with a ranking of the top 10 tech companies for people of color, as well as the top 10 companies for women. Comparably measures how female and minority employees at an organization rate their experience across multiple dimensions.

The data comes at a time when tech is under increasing pressure to ensure women and people of color are treated fairly.

Salesforce tops the list of gender diversity, but what is surprising after the recent case of James Damore (the former Google engineer got fired by the company for controversial anti-diversity memo) is that Google has not found a place in the top 10 list for gender diversity. The whole situation was reflective of larger problems with gender and racial diversity throughout Silicon Valley.