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Why diversity works for people, businesses, nationally and gloabally.
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925HIRE, LLC. | Diversity Forward: Brand Loyalty: Things just got real. #MichaelSam #LGBTBiz

925HIRE, LLC. | Diversity Forward: Brand Loyalty: Things just got real. #MichaelSam #LGBTBiz | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

Brand Loyalty:  Things just got real.

 Say what you want, think what you will, boardrooms and courtrooms across the country are noticing and facilitating the winds of change:  The LGBT community is a growing component of our community that carries financial, political, and cultural weight that can dictate the very success or failure of your organization.  
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LOOK: Las Vegas Comes Out...With Sexy Gay Travel Campaign

LOOK: Las Vegas Comes Out...With Sexy Gay Travel Campaign | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
Las Vegas hopes to broaden its appeal to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers with a sizzling new ad campaign.

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Gay Traveler's curator insight, January 22, 2013 6:54 AM

A peek at the new LGBT ad campaign from Las Vegas. It's an interesting approach... and I suspect it might actually work because the kind of straight folk visiting "Sin City"probably won't take much notice of the gay boys and girls. They'll be much too busy with the slots and trying to squeeze in a Cirque de Soliel show.

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Companies Can't Afford Not To Be Gay-Friendly Anymore

Companies Can't Afford Not To Be Gay-Friendly Anymore | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
A fast way to lose great talent.

Via Jenn T. Grace
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Diversity is just good business.  

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Sam McClure Interview for “30 Days – 30 Voices – Stories from America’s LGBT Business Leaders” [Podcast] | Jenn T. Grace

Sam McClure Interview for “30 Days – 30 Voices – Stories from America’s LGBT Business Leaders” [Podcast] | Jenn T. Grace | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
Expert Interview with Sam McClure of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Washington D.C. To listen to this audio podcast please click the play button on the left above. Or subscribe to the free podcast in iTunes today!
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If you missed segment #3/5 so far, tune in here! @SamNGLCC "30 days - 30 voices - Stories from America's LGBT Business Leaders" @JennTGrace Enjoy your evening & Be Awesome!

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An executive order could end LGBT discrimination in contracts

An executive order could end LGBT discrimination in contracts | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
President Obama’s continuing popularity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans is due in large part to major accomplishments of his first term:overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, abandoning support for...
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Isn't it time?  Your thoughts?

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Jenn T. Grace's curator insight, May 21, 2013 10:38 AM

What are your thoughts about this?

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5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture

5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.

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Scott Span, MSOD's comment, May 15, 2013 10:53 AM
All great points... particularly # 3. Without trust, not much else can happen.
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

Tpotally agree with Don on item #5.  I also like #3.

 

Create an environment of trust.

Many organizations believe internal trust is nice to have but not a key factor for bottom line profitability. That simply isn’t true. Trust directly affects speed and cost. When trust diminishes, speed goes down and costs go up. These economic factors are usually disguised as other things, but when there isn’t trust between team members, or between the company and its customers, it is impossible to achieve real success. The myths are that trust is built solely on integrity, that you either have it or you don’t, that if lost it can’t be restored, and that it can’t be taught. The realities are that trust is a function of both character and competency, it can be both created and destroyed, it can be restored (in most cases), and be taught and developed into a measurable strategic advantage.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:47 AM

5 steps to defining your winning culture explained succinctly for any leader looking to change their own organisational culture.

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925HIRE Diversity Forward: The impact of behavior.

925HIRE Diversity Forward: The impact of behavior. | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

Meet your new customer.  Your initial behavior and response will set the tone for the rest of the interaction.  Does all your inclusivity and diversity training fly out the window as old cultural norms crash down upon you like an anvil?

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College Graduates Deserve Much More Than Transcripts - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

College Graduates Deserve Much More Than Transcripts - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
If students can't present information about their actual learning, then that learning is devalued. And devalued things don't get the support they warrant.
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Daily Kos: Bipartisan legislation would ban employers from firing workers because they are gay

Daily Kos: Bipartisan legislation would ban employers from firing workers because they are gay | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
Stopping anti-gay and transgender job discrimination with a federal law has been on the agenda of LGBT groups and some members of Congress for nearly 20 years. On Thursday, the Employment Non-...
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Job Hunting? Corporate Diversity is More than a Quota

Job Hunting? Corporate Diversity is More than a Quota | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
With the Supreme Court currently ruling on landmark legal issues including affirmative action this year, the issue of diversity has yet again become a hotly contested political and cultural debate. …
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"Diversity is about making certain that when it’s a group of people that has been historically underrepresented, there is a deliberate effort for companies to ensure they are fully represented in the workplace...  Diversity is when I can see myself reflected there."

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Diversity Forward: Diversity 101 for Managers and Leadership.

Diversity Forward: Diversity 101 for Managers and Leadership. | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

"Companies are quickly learning that diversity and inclusion are tied to the bottom line."

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Texas court rules state must recognize the marriage of transgender widow

Texas court rules state must recognize the marriage of transgender widow | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas court has ruled in favor of Houston transgender widow Nikki Araguz, ruling that Texas must recognize the marriages of transgender people.
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Texas court rules state must recognize the marriage of transgender widow

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Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour – and it's legal

Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour – and it's legal | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
One of the nation's best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed.
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This is disgustingly outrageous!  Your thoughts?  #Goodwill, comments?

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Cheerios Parody 1 "Just Checking" Response to Haters

Stick it to the Cheerios haters... SHARE & Like THIS VID! SUBSCRIBE for "Cheerios Parody 2" & more from NYC - Created by Kenji https://www.twitter.com/kenjia...
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Applauding #Cheerios on their diversity of families campaign. This parody takes their sentiments an awesome step further! #LGBT #DiversityForward

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Politics :: More Evidence Equality Is Good For Business: Two New Reports Show Support And Need For Employment Non-Discrimination Laws :: Gay Magazine -Echelon Magazine, a Gay Magazine For LGBT Busi...

New poll shows two-thirds of small business owners support federal employment protections while second report illustrates how LGBT workers who work hard could fail to get ahead
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How's your diversity hiring initiative growing?  Have you seen the numbers?  

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Deeply offended by being called a lesbian = bad for business with LGBT folks | Jenn T. Grace

Deeply offended by being called a lesbian = bad for business with LGBT folks | Jenn T. Grace | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
This weeks post around business etiquette within the LGBT community comes from a direct experience I had not so long ago. I am going to start off with the moral of the story, then share the actual story.
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Great insight on thinking before you speak but most importantly making assumptions.  Be Awesome! 

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10 Things to Know About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

10 Things to Know About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
This week a bipartisan group of senators and representatives are introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would finally make it illegal in all 50 states to discriminate against LGBT workers.
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10 Things to know about #ENDA.  It's still possible to be fired for being #LGBT in the #US.  #ENDA can change that.  #jobs #lgbtbiz #startups

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Inclusion Based Marketing | Jenn T. Grace

Inclusion Based Marketing | Jenn T. Grace | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
Diversity and inclusion are very similar, but I also feel very different. They must work in tandem together.
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Great article Jenn!  I am longing for the day where the workforce is just as a diverse and inclusive as the consumer base.

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925HIRE Diversity Forward: Language: What you say and how you say it. Choose wisely.

925HIRE Diversity Forward: Language: What you say and how you say it. Choose wisely. | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

*  Use language that focuses on the person, not the difference.

*  Always put the person before the difference.

*  Use language that focuses on abilities rather than any differences or disabilities.

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925HIRE Diversity Forward: Defining Diversity. It's complicated.

925HIRE Diversity Forward: Defining Diversity. It's complicated. | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

A friend of mine asked me recently to define diversity. Of course the standard dictionary definition comes to mind:  "The condition of having or being composed of differing elements." (Merriam-Webster).  However, does this definition go deep enough to explain diversity in the context of human relationships and interaction?  Hardly.

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NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay | SI.com

NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay | SI.com | DiversityForward | Scoop.it

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

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#NBA's Jason Collins Changes the Face of Sports Forever By Coming Out.

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What Happens When Brands Come Out of the Closet | Guest Columnists - Advertising Age

What Happens When Brands Come Out of the Closet | Guest Columnists - Advertising Age | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
from a marketing perspective, there has been an interesting parallel with more brands than ever coming out of the closet on this particular issue.
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Jenn T. Grace, thanks for sharing! 

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On the Job: Spring clean your job-search tactics

On the Job: Spring clean your job-search tactics | DiversityForward | Scoop.it
If you have had a long winter of job searching with no luck, you may need to freshen up your job-hunting strategy, career experts say.
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