Forging Our Future: Five Lessons Learned from Women Driving Change in Business, Technology and Society

The website said: “The 2019 MAKERS Conference is a global women’s leadership event that brings together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate the movement with compelling videos, provocative conversations, and onstage pledges for change.” I read this as I was preparing to head to the MAKERS […]

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Leveraging Tech to Remove Hiring Bias

Organizations are on an ongoing mission to create inclusive and diverse workplaces; however, many are still struggling to make this happen — and, as a result, missing out on whole pools of talent. Both consciously and unconsciously, many organizations’ hiring processes still suffer from the “comfort­able clone syndrome,” i.e., selecting talent that looks the same, […]

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In Praise of Digital Immigrants

Against the struggles of racism and sexism, ageism may seem a minor concern. But prejudice against older folks is a real issue and one that should be considered in any survey of diversity and inclusion. I know ageism is real, because I’ve long been ageist. I feel emboldened to admit this because so many of […]

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Think Small: Six Ways Global Business Can Promote Inclusion

At the best small companies, inclusion happens naturally. Colleagues are few in number and often just a desk away. Everyone feels like they belong. When it comes to company culture, and especially employee engagement, large companies have to try harder. At service providers like Cognizant, where employees spend a lot of time at client sites, […]

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What We Can Learn from Beyoncé about Being Authentic in the Workplace

When Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run II” stadium tour swung through Texas, I was lucky enough to snag a ticket. It wasn’t my first Beyoncé concert, but it was the most memorable. Why? The audience experienced the real Beyoncé. Always a phenomenal performer, Bey has raised the bar even higher with songs that […]

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It’s Time: Diversity’s Role in Tech

To remain vital and relevant to their customers, most businesses today realize that driving diversity and inclusion throughout their organizations is an imperative. The reasons are clear. Diverse and inclusive teams are able to apply a broader range of knowledge and skills. They’re better at recognizing and solving problems that others may overlook. They’re more […]

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Upskilling Underrepresented Talent for Private and Public Gain

Job displacement is a big topic these days. Whether you believe digital advancements like AI-driven automation will create or destroy jobs, no one can deny that all workers, in any profession, will need to reassess how they can adapt to a new – and likely technologically-enhanced – role. That’s why, amid the seemingly endless barrage […]

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Data-Driven Cultures: Keeping Humans in the Loop

Businesses everywhere are striving to become more data-centric, whether to improve customer experience, develop smarter products and services, or fine-tune decision-making. But while these initiatives rely heavily on technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), developing a successful data-driven culture is not a technology problem to solve. The main ingredient of a […]

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