July 22, 2013
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The Power of Resillience: Navigating Diverse Cultures in Time of Change July 22-24, 2013. Learn more

We Welcome the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to the WDN
We are pleased to welcome the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (GVCSHRM) to the Workforce Diversity Network. GVCSHRM is the leading voice of the human resource profession. Read more

Pannel Discussion Recap:
Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office

WDN member Nixon Peabody, LLC hosted the New York Finger Lakes affiliate of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates panel discussion supporting a new book:  Out & Equal at Work:  From Closet to Corner Office.  The book – an anthology of personal narratives from executive trailblazers supporting the LGBT community – was edited by Selisse Berry, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the national Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Read more

May Meeting Thanks!

Thanks to LDA Life and Learning Services for hosting May's WDN Member Meeting titled Keeping the Momentum - Creating a Racial Equity Community Agenda in Rochester The interactive workshop was facilitated by Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester Director and Committee Co-Chair for Facing Race, Embracing Equity Action and Change Workgroups and Teresa Sheffield, Financial Services Administrator at Rochester Area Community Foundation and Co-Chair for Facing Race, Embracing Action and Change Workgroups.
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Two New Contributors Join Expert Forum!
We are pleased to welcome Michelle Atlas and Val Boston to Expert Forum. This central resource of articles and contributions from 18 acknowledged experts in the field of diversity and inclusion is updated monthly.

Michelle Atlas is a change catalyst, passionate about helping individuals and organizations strengthen resilience and proactively navigate transition. Michelle facilitates the Resiliency Advantage seminar at the Eastern Management Development Ctr, the Western Management Development Ctr, and the Federal Executive Institute, training dedicated to developing career leaders for the federal govt. Read more

5 Questions to Reclaim Your Power
By NEW Expert Forum Member Michelle Atlas
I woke up one morning recently feeling like I was in an emotional straitjacket for no apparent reason. No matter which way I pushed and prodded there appeared to be no exit! I sat quietly with my morning tea (a practice I treasure and protect fiercely) and asked internally, "What questions do I need to ask myself?" Read more

Val Boston III's professional background spans 25 years in business and leadership, with specific experience in human resources, sales process improvement, information processing, data processing and telecommunications. He is Managing Partner and Lead Consultant with Boston and Associates LLC, a Talent Management Consulting firm. Read more

The Role of Minority Coaching in Your Succcession Planning Strategy
By NEW Expert Forum Member Val Boston
Succession Planning addresses your organization's need to strategically prepare for the healthy transition of leadership. These plans are typically linked to a talent management strategy of effective recruiting, developing, retaining and preparing potential leaders for advancement. Read more


Globalization - The Emerging Business Paradigm of the 21st Century
By William A Guillory, PhD.
Globalization is the emerging business paradigm of the 21st century. The progression of business paradigms clearly illustrates that we are transitioning from the Age of Human Potential to the Age of Oneness. The power in that paradigm is based upon the acquisition and retention of human capital.
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Creating the Framework for the DI Fractioned
By Steve Hanamura
The diversity and inclusion field has become a full blown profession consisting of internal and external practitioners. Due to the complexities of meeting individual and organizational needs it may sometimes be hard to determine what standards or boundaries are necessary to meet client needs. Read more

Interacting with and Misconceptions about LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) People
By Stan Kimer
There is often discussion around the business case for embracing and executing LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) diversity initiatives as we near LGBT Pride Month each June. We frequently talk about reaching the $700B+ LGBT market in the US as well as recruiting and retaining the best employees.  Read more
Communicating with Respect: The Key to Effective Dialogue
By Sondra Thiederman, PhD
Let's face it, our diverse workplaces and because they are diverse and can be mine fields of potential misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and even conflict. Believe me, I've stepped on more than one of those mines myself! That's not to mention, by the way, the fact that the rules of political correctness seem to have taken over the world. Read more

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Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
triviaBy Leslie Aguilar
Experience the impact of stereotypical comments, explore why people don't speak up against stereotypes and other biased behaviors, and learn six techniques for speaking up without blame or guilt.
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Anyone Can Be An Ally
ouchenewsletterBy Brian McNaught
In this comprehensive training program, Brian McNaught demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workplace that is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender co-workers.
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