Polina Marinova, founder and author of the newsletter The Profile, arrived in the US at the age of 8 with no knowledge of English and went on to become an accomplished journalist. "The truth is that doing anything in life requires dedication, commitment, and relentless persistence," she says.
Leaders should tell the workforce why they're launching anti-bias initiatives and seek advice from people of color, writes Ruchika Tulshyan, author of "The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace." "Leaders must do the tough work of identifying where bias shows up in their organizations right now -- hiring, retention, or advancement of employees of color -- and fix those issues before moving to grand gestures that could be misinterpreted as PR stunts," Tulshyan writes.
Employers want workers to use their vacation time, as a break can help employees avoid burnout as well as become an accounting liability on corporate balance sheets, says management professor Peter Cappelli. However, many workers aren't using their vacation days due to canceled summer plans or remote work-related stress, but Slack executive Robby Kwok expects a vacation spike once people feel safer to travel.
Too many job descriptions are written poorly, lack clarity or rely heavily on jargon and buzzwords, writes Neal Horwitz of executive-search and -coaching firm Henry Hale Maguire. Horwitz points out common errors and offers suggestions for creating polished pitches.
Companies should back up Black Lives Matter messages with concrete actions to make sure they're going beyond "performative solidarity," say marketing and organizing experts. Their tips include donating to related causes and addressing systemic racism in their own organizations.
Founders can support teams by recognizing the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on mental health, writes Heidi Zak, co-CEO of ThirdLove, which implemented a week to promote mental wellness. "What you're really doing is helping your team members find their footing in a time where many of us aren't quite sure how long this will last for, or what 'life-after-coronavirus' will look like," she writes.
The highly anticipated "Baby-Sitters Club" series premieres on Netflix on July 3; it is fresh, intersectional and inspiring. This new programming is destined to be an instant hit with kids and parents alike. In our exclusive interview with Rachel Shukert, showrunner and executive producer, she explains that the book series was inclusive for the time and they shifted that inclusion forward two decades as opposed to reimagining the series. It is an organic shift and it works. The core girls provide personal insights on how they hope this groundbreaking series will inspire others to be more open to and accepting of diversity of thought, abilities, racial background, sexual identity and more. They are truly excited to be performing on a platform that will make kids feel seen and celebrated. Read more.
Nickelodeon's "Nick News" returned to the airwaves this week with the "Kids, Race and Unity" special hosted by singer Alicia Keys, one of several specials being planned by the network. The program addresses questions and experiences of black youth in America in the wake of protests triggered by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Netflix is developing a six-part series based on the formative high school years of Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL player who sparked controversy by peacefully protesting police brutality during games. The series will be directed by Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Kaepernick. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience," says DuVernay.
Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett has signed a first-look production partnership with New Republic Pictures for her Dirty Films production company. "While it is well-settled that she is among the greatest screen and stage actresses of our time, Cate also happens to have a fierce entrepreneurial vision and instinct for finding, developing, packaging and producing the kind of poignant and transportive film events that are at the heart of what Brian and I are building at New Republic," says New Republic's Bradley Fischer.
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