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DIVERSITY:  Why We Care?

By embedding the Diversity & Inclusion strategy into the global business strategy, we continue to leverage and maintain strong leadership support, a compelling business relevance and action plans that lead to attraction, engagement, retention and advancement for colleagues.

Through this, we create a sustainable strategy that points the way for Diversity & Inclusion to add value to the business, talent, operational strategies and objectives for any organization.

For information about Diversity & Inclusion programs for your worksite, please contact

Kim Braithwaite at KimberlyBraithwaite@gvcshrm.org.

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Email us today at Diversity@gvcshrm.org!

SHRM Diversity News

IE&D in 2023: Affirmative Action, ‘Woke’ Backlash and Employment Gains for People with Disabilities

In 2023, inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) withstood several blows that threatened its existence, including the reversal of affirmative action and the rise of the...

Oklahoma Governor Signs Anti-IE&D Law, Compromising IE&D Efforts Statewide

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an executive order on Dec. 13 that requires all state agencies and public colleges to report how much they spend on inclusion, equity...

Why White Men Resist IE&D Training and Initiatives

Columnist Jathan Janove, a former employment law attorney who has worked with many organizations on culture, leadership and HR issues—and an older white man—suggests...

Disability Inclusion Makes Financial Sense, Report Finds

Companies that implement disability-inclusive policies and practices tend to outperform their peers financially, according to a new study. The reported noted that...

How to Create a More Inclusive Workplace for Employees with Deafness and Hearing Loss

According to the World Health Organization, more than 5 percent of the world's population—or 430 million people—have disabling hearing loss. This number is expected to...

10 Tips for Improving Workplace Inclusion

While many businesses focus on boosting workplace diversity, their inclusion efforts fall behind. With 2024 on the horizon, workplace and inclusion experts have offered...

Navigating the Complexities of Religious Inclusion

Recent Supreme Court cases and changing cultural attitudes have resulted in a blurrier line between work and religious practice. How can employers best navigate this...

Confronting Weight Bias

Weight-based harassment and discrimination are real—and getting worse. Listening to employees is a good start to addressing it.

The Psychological Toll of ‘Covering’ at Work

Many employees downplay their identities to fit into mainstream corporate cultures, also known as “covering.” Learn about the dangers of this growing phenomenon and how...

Affirmative Action Reversal Is Changing IE&D at Work

Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court banned affirmative action in higher education admissions, research shows that the political rhetoric and lawsuits that ensued...

Women of Color in Federal Jobs: Less Pay, Fewer Promotions

Black, Hispanic and Native American women experience lower pay and a lack of representation in executive positions in federal jobs, according to new research by the...

Antisemitism, Islamophobia Surge As Israel-Hamas War Worsens

As the war between Israel and Hamas escalates, new research shows that incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia have ballooned in recent weeks. Here are some best...

Molly Fletcher: Being a Woman in a Man’s World

Molly Fletcher's trailblazing career as one of the first female sports agents speaks volumes to the value of recognizing and seizing opportunities to be bold—and what...

‘Where We Begin Doesn’t Define Where We End’: The Power of Believing in Yourself

According to CEO Magie Cook, who overcame nearly insurmountable odds to become a successful businesswoman, a carefully cultivated life-affirming attitude and a refusal...

Generation Z: ‘The Loneliest, Least Resilient Demographic Alive’

About 1 in 3 Generation Z individuals rate their own mental health as “excellent” or “good” compared with nearly half, on average, for all other adults, according to a...

Women and the Awesome Power of Connection

Personal and professional connections were vital to Ann Chow's success, the former head of AT&T Business told attendees of the 24th annual Women in Leadership Institute....

Carla Harris Urges Women to Use Their Power to Advance Themselves and Others

Carla Harris, senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley and a trailblazing leader, gave the keynote address on day two of Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute. Drawing...

At Linkage’s WIL Institute, Women Take the Lead

At the 24th annual Women in Leadership Institute, Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage, a SHRM global leadership development firm, told attendees that women should At the...

Finding the ‘Compassionate Center’

Women leaders often battle their inner critic—that sometimes-relentless voice of self-doubt that can cause them to either fear taking on new challenges or lash out at...

Veterans’ Unemployment Remains Low—but It’s Not All Good News

Despite having a low unemployment rate, many veterans are struggling to find jobs that employ, recognize and compensate them in line with their level of military...

Diversity Forum

Are you an employer of choice for diversity workforce? How do you value or embrace diversity in your workplace? What are diverse groups saying about your organization?


Hiring the right candidate for the job can be challenging. Adding diversity in the workforce can also be challenging. There isn't a perfect, cookie cut answer to accomplish these goals, but here are a few tips from the Diversity Advisory Council for your consideration as to why adding diversity within your organization will benefit you in so many ways.


The VALUE of a Diverse Talent Pool:

  • It challenges status quo

  • It generates a competitive advantage for the organization

This offers new ideas, viewpoints, experiences and a different approach to doing business

It seeks and develops "out of the box" thinkers

Helps grow the business

Eliminates homogenous thinking and groupthink

Promotes recruitment and retention

Continuous quality improvement


There are challenges one may face when working with a diverse population such as:

  • Communication and language barriers

  • Difficulties engaging diverse employees

  • Generating an "US" vs "THEM" culture

  • Only focused on the ROI

  • Fear of change

But, more importantly, there are opportunities with having a diverse population, such as:

  • Innovative/new and different perspectives

  • Competitiveness

  • Greater adaptability

  • Offers a variety for solutions

  • Provides various resources

  • Opens the market to new targets

  • More and diverse skill sets


Think outside of the box with your recruitment efforts and don't lose sight of diversity. Company growth and innovation can occur when having candidates from diverse backgrounds, age groups, experiences, and abilities. -Diversity Advisory Council


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