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Beyoncé gives $1 million to Black-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic

Beyoncé’s foundation, BeyGOOD, announced Wednesday that it will be donating $US1 million to Black-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19. BeyGOOD will be working with the NAACP for the initiative. Black-owned businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The number of Black business owners dropped by 41% between February […]
Beyoncé gives $1 million to Black-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic
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Pinterest adds first Black board member after accusations of discrimination from employees

Pinterest appointed former Harpo Studios executive Andrea Wishom to its board of directors on Monday. She will be become the board’s first Black member, following complaints discrimination from former Pinterest employees. The longtime media executive hopes to build upon “Pinterest’s expansion into content and media.” Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Pinterest adds first Black board member after accusations of discrimination from employees
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Dozens of Federal Election Commission employees are asking Trump and the Senate to appoint people of colour to the agency for the first time in its 45-year history

A group of Federal Election Commission employees is demanding that the White House and the Senate appoint people of colour to the agency for the first time, according to a letter seen by Insider. The bipartisan Federal Election Commission has only had white members in its 45-year history. Senate Democrats […]
Dozens of Federal Election Commission employees are asking Trump and the Senate to appoint people of colour to the agency for the first time in its 45-year history
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Black Instagram users were 50% more likely than white users to have their accounts automatically disabled, internal research reportedly showed

Internal researchers at Facebook reportedly discovered in 2019 that an automatic moderation algorithm at Facebook-owned Instagram was 50% more likely to auto-ban Black users than white users. But when the researchers reported their findings to higher-ups, they were told to stop researching the topic and not to discuss their findings […]
Black Instagram users were 50% more likely than white users to have their accounts automatically disabled, internal research reportedly showed
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The 25 best CEOs of small companies, according to employees of colour

Comparably put together a list of the highest-rated CEOs of small and mid-size businesses, according to employees of colour. Three CEOs have appeared on the list for three years running: David Cancel of Drift, Giuseppe Incitti of Sitetracker, and Alex Austin of Branch. Gal Rimon, the CEO of Centrical, was […]
The 25 best CEOs of small companies, according to employees of colour
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G/O Media just fired a Black Muslim travel writer for leaving the country. The reporter has worked abroad for years and has written that she left to protect her son from police violence.

G/O Media fired LifeHacker travel writer Imani Bashir for leaving the country, according to the company’s union. Bashir has lived in four different countries in the last decade and has written for multiple news sources about frequently working abroad, including The New York Times. Bashir, who the union said was […]
G/O Media just fired a Black Muslim travel writer for leaving the country. The reporter has worked abroad for years and has written that she left to protect her son from police violence.
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7 ways retailers should work to create a more inclusive shopping experience in their stores, according to the head of diversity and inclusion at Unilever

As a Brown woman who grew up in Massachusetts, Mita Mallick says she experienced discrimination in retail stores from a young age, like being ignored at furniture stores with her family, and being followed around and told not to touch anything. In adulthood, Mallick says she’s been tracked and followed, […]
7 ways retailers should work to create a more inclusive shopping experience in their stores, according to the head of diversity and inclusion at Unilever
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I’m a diversity and inclusion expert who admits that ‘unconscious bias’ trainings don’t really work. Here are 3 ways companies can ensure they’re not a waste of time.

Dr. Janice Gassam Asare is an author and founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy that helps organisations be more inclusive and sparks important dialogue about workplace equity. She says that although diversity and inclusion trainings are popular in large corporations, evidence shows that they are not highly effective […]
I’m a diversity and inclusion expert who admits that ‘unconscious bias’ trainings don’t really work. Here are 3 ways companies can ensure they’re not a waste of time.
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I’ve worked with places like H&M, Nordstrom, and Yale University to spark dialogue about workplace equity and diversity — here are 5 actions I advise every business leader to take right now

Dr. Janice Gassam Asare is the author of “Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All,” and founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy designed to help organisations be more inclusive. She says it’s great that many corporations have voiced support for Black […]
I’ve worked with places like H&M, Nordstrom, and Yale University to spark dialogue about workplace equity and diversity — here are 5 actions I advise every business leader to take right now
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Black employees in Silicon Valley are helping to make their companies more diverse — but the job is often unpaid and time consuming

Companies are facing increased calls to bolster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their workplaces in the wake of nationwide protests against racism. In response, some tech executives have turned to employee resource groups (ERGs), tapping Black and brown employees to help coordinate events, draft statements, hold panel discussions, and […]
Black employees in Silicon Valley are helping to make their companies more diverse — but the job is often unpaid and time consuming
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Increasing diversity in management is good for productivity, a study suggests

Racial diversity in upper and lower management results in greater employee productivity, per a June 9 study in the Academy of Management Journal. Researchers Orlando Richard, María del Carmen Triana, and Mingxiang Li analysed 201 high-tech firms’ EEO-1 data – a federally mandated survey that requires categorising employment data by […]
Increasing diversity in management is good for productivity, a study suggests
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3 actions that Black employees need from leadership right now

Deanna Ransom is the head of global marketing for Televerde, an integrated sales and marketing tech company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Ransom says that it’s vital for employers and business leaders to not only be there for their Black employees during this challenging time, but to listen to their needs […]
3 actions that Black employees need from leadership right now
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A growing number of Black Google employees are reportedly unhappy with how the company responded to the George Floyd protests, and criticised its scaling back of diversity programs

A growing number of Black Google employees are unhappy about the way the company has responded to the George Floyd protests, according to a new report. Employees accused the company of “consoling” Black employees rather than working harder to teach white employees about systemic racism. Links to courses on allyship […]
A growing number of Black Google employees are reportedly unhappy with how the company responded to the George Floyd protests, and criticised its scaling back of diversity programs
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The rose-tinted alt-reality of Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ erases the real struggles and achievements of those who actually fought for equality

Netflix’s show “Hollywood” has been one of its lockdown headliners. Created by Ryan Murphy and starring A-list stars like Patti LuPore, Darren Criss, and Jim Parsons, the show follows a group of aspiring actors, writers, and filmmakers in 1940s Hollywood. In this alt-history series, Murphy seems to suggest that women, […]
The rose-tinted alt-reality of Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ erases the real struggles and achievements of those who actually fought for equality
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16 anti-racism books for young children

Many parents are turning to educational literature to help kids understand inequality. Books like “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry, “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers, and “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness” by Anastasia Higginbotham can all help children learn about anti-racism. You can see a list of […]
16 anti-racism books for young children
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LinkedIn CEO apologizes after an internal meeting about racial inequality and bias was hit with ‘appalling’ comments from anonymous employees

LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky apologised on Thursday after employees anonymously made “appalling” comments criticising the company’s efforts to diversify its workforce during a global town hall meeting to discuss racial inequity and biases earlier this week. Roslansky, who only started as CEO of the Microsoft-owned social network on Monday, apologised […]
LinkedIn CEO apologizes after an internal meeting about racial inequality and bias was hit with ‘appalling’ comments from anonymous employees
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‘Friends’ star Lisa Kudrow responds to criticisms of show’s ‘all-white cast,’ saying sitcom ‘should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong’

Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on “Friends,” opened up about how the 90s sitcom featuring an all-white leading cast could be different if it were filmed today. “Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure,” she told British newspaper The Times in an article published Saturday. Kudrow […]
‘Friends’ star Lisa Kudrow responds to criticisms of show’s ‘all-white cast,’ saying sitcom ‘should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong’
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Melinda Gates says the economy is ‘built on the backs of women’s unpaid labour’ and if Congress won’t do something to fix it, the US won’t be able to fully reopen

Speaking at Thursday’s 2020 Texas Conference for Women, billionaire philanthropist and investor Melinda Gates spoke out about how political and corporate leaders need to address childcare and eldercare in America. She said the US economy is “built on the backs of women’s unpaid labour” and that leaders need to embrace […]
Melinda Gates says the economy is ‘built on the backs of women’s unpaid labour’ and if Congress won’t do something to fix it, the US won’t be able to fully reopen
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How to support your Muslim coworkers who are fasting during Ramadan

Millions of Muslims around the world have been observing Ramadan, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. If you’re wondering how to support your Muslim colleagues without offending them, consider the advice from Ibrahim Hooper, the communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Reem Nasr, […]
How to support your Muslim coworkers who are fasting during Ramadan
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Facebook just named two women to its board as it seeks gender parity — here are 13 tech companies that have recently diversified their boardrooms

Facebook went public with an all-male board, but nearly achieved gender parity last week when it added two women directors. The announcement came as companies face growing pressure from employees, customers, investors, and lawmakers to increase diversity within their ranks, especially among upper leadership. While the tech industry has moved […]
Facebook just named two women to its board as it seeks gender parity — here are 13 tech companies that have recently diversified their boardrooms
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I toured a Brooklyn ‘social club’ for people of colour that has its own theatre and offers group therapy sessions. Here’s what it was like inside the trendy offices that could be the future of coworking spaces.

Ethel’s Club was created by Naj Austin on January 1, 2019. It’s a social and wellness club focused on people of colour. Austin created the space after wishing their were more spaces for people of colour to hang out and access mental health and wellness resources. Business Insider got an […]
I toured a Brooklyn ‘social club’ for people of colour that has its own theatre and offers group therapy sessions. Here’s what it was like inside the trendy offices that could be the future of coworking spaces.
Lifestyle

Alicia Keys is partnering with American Express on ‘The Ambition Project’ to empower women. Here’s how it will expand their access to senior positions — and already has.

At the American Express Global Women’s Conference, singer Alicia Keys announced the launch of the “The Ambition Project” – a program the company introduced to help empower women, both at American Express and beyond. The program is one of several Amex initiatives launched after the discovery that only a third […]
Alicia Keys is partnering with American Express on ‘The Ambition Project’ to empower women. Here’s how it will expand their access to senior positions — and already has.
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Several of my colleagues report racist microaggressions in the wake of coronavirus, and they’re not alone. Here’s why racism and xenophobia spread with infectious disease.

Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, it has infected more than 95,000 people. What’s also spreading are xenophobic and racist attacks against people of Asian descent, including microaggressions, or indirect expressions of intolerance like rude comments or dirty looks. A number of Business Insider […]
Several of my colleagues report racist microaggressions in the wake of coronavirus, and they’re not alone. Here’s why racism and xenophobia spread with infectious disease.
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The Style Series: Twitter’s preeminent black fashion historian on ‘white nepotism’ in the industry — and the urgency of recognising black America’s impact on luxury

Shelby Ivey Christie is the former digital marketer and sales planner for Vogue. She is currently attending New York University where she is an M.A. candidate in the Costume Studies graduate program. Christie focuses her studies on the intersection of race, culture, fashion, and politics, and has written numerous articles […]
The Style Series: Twitter’s preeminent black fashion historian on ‘white nepotism’ in the industry — and the urgency of recognising black America’s impact on luxury
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The tech industry’s diversity problem won’t get better unless tech companies unite to solve it, Dell exec urges at World Economic Forum

Solving the tech industry’s diversity problem will require a collective effort across companies, according to Dell diversity and inclusion head Brian Reaves. Reaves emphasised the need for collaboration in an interview with Business Insider. Dell itself recently partnered with 20 companies to form a new Women in Technology Consortium. Visit […]
The tech industry’s diversity problem won’t get better unless tech companies unite to solve it, Dell exec urges at World Economic Forum
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The 50 best US companies for people of colour in 2019

Career site Comparably released its annual ranking of the 50 best companies for people of colour. Non-white workers took an in-house survey that inquired about pay equity, support from leadership, and company culture. Major companies featured on the list include Facebook, Google, Starbucks, and Adobe. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
The 50 best US companies for people of colour in 2019
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Billy Magnussen is set to reprise his role in an ‘Aladdin’ spinoff. Meanwhile, lead actor Mena Massoud revealed he hasn’t had ‘a single audition’ since the movie was released.

Actor Billy Magnussen is set to reprise his role as Prince Anders in a spinoff of the live-action ‘Aladdin’ for Disney Plus. Meanwhile, actor Mena Massoud, who played the titular character in the billion-dollar grossing live-action remake, said in an interview with The Daily Beast that he hasn’t had “a […]
Billy Magnussen is set to reprise his role in an ‘Aladdin’ spinoff. Meanwhile, lead actor Mena Massoud revealed he hasn’t had ‘a single audition’ since the movie was released.
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At 29 years old, ‘Project Runway’ judge Elaine Welteroth became the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history. Here are the 5 ways she rose to the top.

Elaine Welteroth is a journalist, social media personality, author, and a judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway.” Before she joined “Project Runway,” Welteroth was the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue – the fashion and beauty magazine owned by Condé Nast. Welteroth’s promotion to the publication’s highest executive ranks in 2017 made her, […]
At 29 years old, ‘Project Runway’ judge Elaine Welteroth became the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history. Here are the 5 ways she rose to the top.
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The CEOs of JP Morgan, McKinsey, Ford, and 800 other companies signed a letter saying diversity efforts are improving — but 42% of Americans still experience racism at work

Hundreds of American CEOs say they have increased diversity and inclusion efforts over the last year. Nearly 800 US CEOs – from firms like JP Morgan, McKinsey, and Ford – said they have prioritised the issue among their board of directors. Representation of racial minorities remains weak among chief executives, […]
The CEOs of JP Morgan, McKinsey, Ford, and 800 other companies signed a letter saying diversity efforts are improving — but 42% of Americans still experience racism at work
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I struggled to embrace my Hispanic heritage at work for years, but now I run employee resource groups at Intel. Here’s my advice for others grappling with their workplace identities.

Ernesto Felix is a technical leadership development manager at Intel Corporation and was recently re-elected for his third term as the board treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. As the second-generation son of Mexican immigrants, he grew up in a community of people who looked like him. But […]
I struggled to embrace my Hispanic heritage at work for years, but now I run employee resource groups at Intel. Here’s my advice for others grappling with their workplace identities.
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Google made a small but important change in 2017 to how it thinks about ‘Googleyness,’ a key value it looks for in new hires

Google updated its definition of “Googleyness,” a factor in the hiring process, The Information reported. Googlers like former head of People Operations Laszlo Bock have defined the term as “enjoying fun,” “intellectual humility,” “comfort with ambiguity,” and other similar traits. Google has clarified in its hiring guide that “Googleyness” should […]
Google made a small but important change in 2017 to how it thinks about ‘Googleyness,’ a key value it looks for in new hires
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The days of coffee-grabbing internships are over. Here’s how fellows and apprentices are changing the way we train our youngest workers.

Experts say internship programs can cater to privileged people, and don’t always best prepare participants for the job. Now, companies across industries are turning to fellowships and apprenticeships to better prepare entry-level talent. US employers posted 145% more fellowship job openings in the last year, and listings for apprenticeships grew […]
The days of coffee-grabbing internships are over. Here’s how fellows and apprentices are changing the way we train our youngest workers.
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42% of US employees have experienced or seen racism at work. It’s the latest example of how diversity efforts are falling short, especially in America.

February is Black History Month. While the country continues to become racially diverse, many workers of colour experience discrimination based on their skin colour. A survey by Glassdoor found 43% of US employees have seen or experienced racism at work. Surveys from McKinsey and SAP have also pointed to lagging […]
42% of US employees have experienced or seen racism at work. It’s the latest example of how diversity efforts are falling short, especially in America.
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Google employees are circulating a memo written by a former Googler who says they encountered racism and ‘never stopped feeling the burden of being black’ while working there

In a memo that’s circulating through Google, a former employee who recently decided to leave described the racism they felt as a black person working at the company. “I never stopped feeling the burden of being black at Google,” they wrote in the memo. The former employee – who had […]
Google employees are circulating a memo written by a former Googler who says they encountered racism and ‘never stopped feeling the burden of being black’ while working there
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‘Game of Thrones’ star Nathalie Emmanuel says the reaction to Missandei’s death can serve as a diversity lesson for casting future shows

Actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei on “Game of Thrones,” recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how many viewers had such strong reactions to Missandei’s death. The reaction was especially strong because Missandei was the only woman of colour on the show with a speaking role. Emmanuel said she’s “kind […]
‘Game of Thrones’ star Nathalie Emmanuel says the reaction to Missandei’s death can serve as a diversity lesson for casting future shows
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Facebook says it wants to ‘double our number of women globally and Black and Hispanic employees in the US’ as it reports its annual workforce diversity stats

Facebook published its annual diversity report on Tuesday, showing only modest gains in its push to bring more women and people from underrepresented groups into its workforce. This year’s report shows that Facebook’s global workforce is 63.1% male, down slightly from 63.7% last year. Among its American operations, Facebook says […]
Facebook says it wants to ‘double our number of women globally and Black and Hispanic employees in the US’ as it reports its annual workforce diversity stats
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The 15 highest-paying tech jobs for recent college grads and Gen Z

Colleges graduates from the class of 2019 represent the first majority-Gen Z class entering the full-time workforce. For recent grads looking for tech jobs, there are several high-paying options, including senior developer, lead engineer, and mobile developer. Employees in the San Francisco Bay Area have the highest salaries for 12 […]
The 15 highest-paying tech jobs for recent college grads and Gen Z
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Sephora is temporarily closing its stores for inclusion training, but it might not be enough to stop racial profiling

On Wednesday, Sephora will temporarily close its US stores, distribution center, and corporate office to hold one-hour-long inclusion trainings across the company. Sephora announced the trainings on social media nearly a month after SZA, a Grammy-nominated musician, accused a store employee of racially profiling her and calling security while she […]
Sephora is temporarily closing its stores for inclusion training, but it might not be enough to stop racial profiling
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