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June 14, 2016

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Clayman Institute: Clayman Institute: Mentoring: Creating Mutually Empowering Relationships (Video)

Professor Stacy Blake-Beard discusses research on how mentoring may create "cultural cloning" because individuals unconsciously have a natural preference for people who are most like them. Her recommendations for practical strategies to disrupt this bias include managers and leaders committing to having at least one diverse mentee, and investing time to build a trusting relationship across differences.

Center for Talent Innovation: Out in the World: Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace

93% of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation but, globally, 75 countries criminalize same-sex sexual conduct and in 8 countries it is punishable by death. The Center for Talent Innovation put together an infographic about the challenges and coping mechanisms for LGBT people in the global economy. It advocates that multi-national organizations use their market muscle to promote LGBT inclusion around the world.


Harvard Business ReviewThe Unintended Consequences of Diversity Statements

Professors at the University of Toronto and a Stanford Graduate School of Business Ph.D. candidate performed 3 studies about “resume whitening” among those first entering the workforce. They found that 33% of black and Asian interviewees had engaged in the practice and 66% knew someone who had done so. In another study, participants were half as likely to whiten their resumes when job ads included pro-diversity statements. However, the third study revealed that whitened versions of both the black and Asian resumes were more than twice as likely to result in a callback as unwhitened resumes, even though the listed qualifications were identical. Pro-diversity statements may give companies a more diverse applicant pool, but it takes more to make workplaces truly fair and inclusive.

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Harvard Business Review: Do Women Make Bolder Leaders than Men?
 
Zenger/Folkman, a leadership assessment and education consultancy, created what it calls a “boldness index” based on key behaviors and then it compared 75,000 men and women global leaders for whom it has data. This analysis debunked the myth that men are bolder than women. In fact, women had higher boldness ratings across all of the business functions examined, including engineering, R&D and manufacturing. They concluded that women who succeed in business, especially in male-dominated fields, may have had to challenge the status quo, push harder for results and do something out of the ordinary.

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