Coca-Cola’s “Be Less White” Diversity Fiasco

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Sometimes a brand can fall with just a few sloppily written words. For Coca-Cola, those words were “be less white”. On February 19, a Coca-Cola diversity training suggesting employees try to “be less white” caused quite a stir. Dr. Karlyn Borysenko was the first to tweet screenshots from the training (meant to promote diversity at… Read more »

5 Tips for Hiring Former Felons

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1 in 3 Americans have some type of criminal record affecting their chances of getting a job. Hiring former felons or hiring employees with criminal records can be a confusing path to navigate. Research shows that hiring former felons is good for business because they tend to be more loyal and have higher performance rates… Read more »

6+ Examples of Brands Changing to Avoid Sexist Bias

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There are loads of companies that have been called out for sexist bias based on their name, logo, motto, jingle, or another identifying mark. The global push for more gender-inclusive brands is causing many of them to make changes. What does gender-inclusive mean? “Gender-inclusive” is defined as: “The notion that all services, opportunities, and establishments… Read more »

7 Tips for Hiring Autistic Workers

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April is Autism Acceptance Month, and the theme for 2021 is “Celebrate Differences.” In the spirit of celebrating differences in the workplace, I found 7 tips for hiring autistic workers: 1. Eliminate bias against neurodiverse/autistic candidates in your job descriptions The first tip, you can use tools in your organization to create more inclusive job… Read more »

The Rise of the Chief Diversity Officer

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Adding a Chief Diversity Officer to the C-suite is a growing trend in companies of all sizes. In this post, I answer 2 questions: What is a Chief Diversity Officer? What does a Chief Diversity Officer do? And I provide: Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer salary ranges Chief Diversity Officer job description examples Popular job… Read more »

275+ Famous Black People Who Changed the World [A List of Activists, Actors, Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, & More!]

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Famous Black People Who Changed the World As part of Ongig’s mission to celebrate all people year-round, I felt inspired to start a list of famous Black people in history. The folks on our list below achieved greatness, despite struggles they might have faced because of the color of their skin. Here’s our list of… Read more »

Top 10 Terms with Bias Toward POC [in Job Descriptions]

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Job descriptions are full of bias toward POC (people of color). We found 10 terms that show up frequently despite being biased. Before we look at the list, here is a people of color definition from Ongig’s Diversity & Inclusion Glossary: “People of Color — People of Color, or Person of Color, is a phrase used… Read more »

25+ Examples of Biased Language

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Examples of biased language are scattered throughout the English vocabulary. After researching hundreds of bias words (past and present), we found 25+ examples common enough to bring to your attention. Ongig’s Text Analyzer software, which flags these and many more exclusionary words, provides suggestions for alternatives to such biased words. We share those recommendations below… Read more »

10+ Examples of an Awesome Diversity Report

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A diversity report is like a snapshot of a companies workforce diversity efforts. We found 10+ examples of awesome diversity reports from top companies. They are awesome because they have stand-out features like video, colorful visuals, meaningful hashtags, case studies, and more. Akamai Inclusion & Diversity Report Release: 2021 Headline: Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement Sub-Headline:… Read more »

Top 10 Diversity Mission Statements

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An exceptional diversity mission statement sends a powerful message. We found 10 examples of diversity mission statements that fit the bill. How to Write a Diversity Mission Statement (7 Learnings) When we reviewed the 10 diversity statement examples below, we found a lot in common. Some commonalities included themes such as: Inclusive Language. The best diversity… Read more »

Famous People with Disabilities [a list of 650+]

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We found 650+ famous people with disabilities during our recent research on neurodiversity. What is an example of a disability? According to Disabled World: “A disability is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases. A disability can be present… Read more »

Famous People with Asperger’s Syndrome [150+ Actors, Entrepreneurs, Athletes, Musicians & More!]

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We came across many famous people with Asperger’s Syndrome while researching for our recent blogs on autism and neurodiversity. We found 150+ Asperger’s famous people…and even with a bit of overlap, there are lots of new faces too! These famous Aspies include comedians, actors, athletes, scientists, musicians, writers, leaders, and artists. Disclaimers: This list of famous… Read more »

25 Moves Employers Made Inspired by “Black Lives Matter”

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Diversity in the workplace is not a new topic, but the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has shined a new, very bright light on it in recent months. Many companies are making major moves inspired by #BlackLivesMatter. For example, VMware’s CEO announced (on CNBC) that hiring managers will now have to consider at least one candidate… Read more »

Famous People with ADHD [100+ Actors, Entrepreneurs, Athletes, Musicians & More!]

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There are many famous people with ADHD (aka ADD). They include athletes, actors, scientists, musicians, business leaders, authors, and artists. There are 100+ celebrities with learning disabilities, specifically ADHD, I found as part of our research on Ongig’s series on neurodiversity. I felt inspired to list all these amazing people in one place! Disclaimers: This… Read more »

Famous People with Dyslexia [A List of 200+ Actors, Athletes, Musicians & Scientists]

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It’s amazing how many famous people with dyslexia there are. They include athletes, actors, inventors, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, and artists. I found 200+ famous people who have dyslexia as part of our research on Ongig’s series on neurodiversity. I felt inspired to list all these amazing people in one place! Disclaimers: This list includes famous dyslexic… Read more »