Build Your Values Muscle at Bettina Palazzo's Corporate Ethics Gym
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
Why do we hear so many fancy words about company values while corporate scandals rage? According to ethics expert and corporate consultant, Bettina Palazzo, leaders love to talk about values because the exercise creates a nice fuzzy feeling. Yet lists of corporate values will not move the needle on company decisions nor affect day-to-day behaviors. Why? Because anyone can come up with fancy feel-good words. But you can't merely throw a beautiful values "cherry" on top of a questionable culture. Leaders have to work from the ground up.  Their role is to engage the organization in clarifyin ..read more
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Women Leaving the Workforce: How to Stem the Tide - with Maureen Higgins
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
During the months of the pandemic, women left the workforce in droves.  Why? Because women still bear the lion’s share of family and home care responsibilities. And they can't find the work/life balance they need through the companies employing them. They make less money and receive fewer promotions. We need women's voices in the workplace. Maureen Higgins talks about why the problems persist - especially with STEM women - and what to do about it.  ..read more
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Bartenders Halting Harassment: Brown-Forman Chambord's Bystander Intervention Initiative
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
Why does a liquor business like Brown-Forman spirits company take action against bad behaviors in bars? Because they want to ensure people have a good experience with alcohol when they drink. The harassment that sometimes occurs when people are drinking is not ok.  And Brown-Forman wants to do something about it. Taylor Amerman, Emma Briscoe, and Melissa Emmal share the details of how they teach bartenders and others to intervene in those sticky bar situations. And they describe how any of us can put a stop to harassment when we see it.    ..read more
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Corporations Fighting Racism: Just Talk or Real Progress- with Nikki Lanier
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
Do Black people matter? This is the question Nikki Lanier, posed last year on this podcast. Nikki is a senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch.  And she returns to reflect and advise one year after the murder of George Floyd. Nikki lauds corporations for condemning racism while she offers direction for what must come next. Her view of corporate DEI is that it is infantile. And she outlines the first steps companies must take to remedy the problem. Her experience working within corporate Human Resources, as well as her law degree, her experience wo ..read more
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Want Change? Engage the System: The EILEEN FISHER Story
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
In 2012, the skeptical executives of iconic fashion brand EILEEN FISHER spent three days at a Buddhist retreat center to form a new vision for company sustainability. Most had never worked closely together previously. And they weren't prepared to go out into the woods to contemplate! Yet the meeting organizers insisted they leave their electronics behind, give up their tinkering and siloed approach to change, and analyze the entire product-related system from concept to manufacturing to closet and back again. And guess what happened? They not only created a clear vision complete with audacious ..read more
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Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer Isn’t Enough! – With Mercer's Kelley Bright
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
“Hey we gave this unconscious bias training and hired a Chief Diversity Officer. Isn’t that enough?” My guest this week, Kelley Bright, says she has heard these words countless times from clients in her 25 plus years with global professional consulting firms. She claims companies aren’t getting into the nitty gritty of race because they don't want to say the hard, scary things that make people really understand. In this episode, she offers critiques of how companies handle DEI today and what they should do instead.      ..read more
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Want a Bottom-Line Boost from DEI? Focus on Inclusion – With Judy Ellis
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
“Aren’t we human beings hilarious? The ways we can find to discount and disqualify others, especially in competitive environments, is sometimes stunning.” DEI expert, Judy Ellis, knows what she is talking about.  She has been working with corporations on culture, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)  for 20 plus years in all kinds of companies. She offers advice on how companies can carry out DEI efforts that not only value all employees, but also have a positive impact on the company bottom line. The key is to focus on inclusion - not just diversity.  ..read more
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Let’s Talk About the Equity in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Nikki Lanier
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
"Do Black people matter as we look at the future of our country and our companies?" Nikki Lanier, senior vice president, and regional executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, discusses this pivotal question as she focuses on the E (equity) in DEI. In this episode, Nikki takes on the racism we see in front of us and offers her opinions on how our companies can move beyond diversity and address the equity part of the equation ..read more
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Change! Make Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter in Your Organization
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
DEI (Diversity, equity, and inclusion) isn't new for many of our organizations. So why don't our commitments make a real difference? Priya says she is an immigrant and a brown girl born to be a rebel. And she is full of passion and genuine curiosity. Growing up as a young girl in India she questioned why “different rules for different people.” Now she helps companies address this challenge through her change management consulting practice. In this episode, she shares tips for how organizations can position their diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments for true impact. And she offers each ..read more
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Women Fighting Racism with Tawana Bain
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by Kathy Miller Perkins
1y ago
While we were sheltering in place, our communities across the country erupted due to racism run amuck! Police brutality, protests, fires, murders, and the list goes on and on.  We looked on with horror. We are seeking change.  We want answers. We ask ourselves what we can do to join the fight against racism in our workplaces and communities. Tawana Bain, exceedingly successful entrepreneur and founder of the famous Derby Diversity Summit, offers concrete steps each of us can take now to change how we address race in our lives and our country.  ..read more
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