Achieving Resilience by Embracing Diversity

Curveballs have been a part of work since the very beginning. Some are huge – the steam engine, email, autonomous vehicles. Others are smaller but still pack a punch: a resignation, a public transportation strike, a last-minute request with a 60-minute turnaround time. Our Women Empowered committee brought together four of Cognizant’s fiercest female leaders […]

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The Way(s) to the Future of Work

In 2010, Martin Sheen starred in The Way, an underrated but beautiful film. His character is a curmudgeonly, set-in-his-ways, late-middle-age, Type A workaholic from Los Angeles. A series of events lands him on El Camino de Santiago (translated into English as “The Way”), where circumstances compel him to interact — in life-affirming ways — with […]

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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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Assistive Technologies Don’t Create an Inclusive Workplace — Committed Businesses Do

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29.3% of working-age disabled people are employed today, compared with 73.5% of those without a disability. What’s more, the unemployment rate for individuals with a disability was 9.2% in 2017, according to the BLS, more than twice that of those with no disability (4.2%). If only there […]

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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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