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DiversityInc Announces its First-Ever Inductees into the DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame

EY, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, PwC and Sodexo have been inducted into DiversityInc's Top 50 Hall of Fame. The companies inducted into the Hall of Fame have demonstrated exceptional human capital management accomplishments and superior corporate values and culture.

The criteria for the Hall of Fame is based on companies who have at one time ranked number one since the 2012 survey. The inductees reflect the longstanding and consistent commitment to diversity & inclusion and results.

In order to maintain one's Hall of Fame status, companies are re-evaluated annually in the Top 50 competition. The Hall of Fame inductees will stand on top of the Top 50. Future number one companies will all be added to the Hall of Fame.

Since 2001, the Top 50 list has recognized the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible and there is no cost to participate. Companies are judged in the following areas:

  • Talent Pipeline (including recruitment at all levels)
  • Talent Development
  • Leadership Accountability (responsible for results, communications, visibility)
  • Supplier Diversity (percent of tier-I and tier-II spend with minority, women-, LGBT-, disability- and veteran-owned businesses)

The DiversityInc Top 50 learning sessions and announcement dinner will take place on May 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Nile Rodgers & CHIC will be our musical entertainment. Our keynote speaker is Paul Butler, author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men."

Click here to register for the event. For more information contact Anita Ricketts, VP, Audience Development, at 973-494-0501 or

About DiversityInc: A web-based publication serving more than 450,000 unique monthly visitors. DiversityInc is a VA certified veteran-owned business and a USBLN certified business owned by a person with a disability. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @DiversityInc

The Conversation (1)
26 Jul, 2018
Not sure how I feel about Novartis being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The internal promotion process, especially with the disabled and veterans, is in name only. As a member of both diversity groups, I have applied for numerous next level promotions only to be passed over for an external candidate. They should show more loyalty to their stable of competent and capable employees before bestowing this honor.

Kaiser Permanente Announces Three Initiatives to Improve Community Health by Tackling Housing Insecurity

Initiatives include preserving affordable housing in the Bay Area, anchoring a $100 million loan fund to protect affordable housing across Kaiser Permanente's footprint and an effort to house 500+ homeless in Oakland.

Originally Published by Kasier Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente today unveiled several major initiatives that will improve health outcomes by creating stable housing for vulnerable populations. The initiatives — including seeding a real estate investment in Oakland, anchoring a $100 million national loan fund for affordable housing and kicking off a plan to end homelessness for more than 500 Oakland-area residents — are part of a comprehensive strategy to advance the economic, social and environmental conditions for health in the communities that Kaiser Permanente serves.

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Sodexo: Face Your Fears to Find New Opportunities, Passion in Your Career

Breaking down cooking to step-by-step instructions can empower individuals to prepare meals using fresh, whole ingredients.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

My name is Ki Keys, and I am a NYC Sodexo Dietetic Intern. I am based at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Hospital (HMMS), located in Montclair, NJ and have the best commute among my DI cohort. It's less than 10 minutes door-to-door!

As a longtime resident of Montclair, it's rewarding to be helping my neighbors as they face various health conditions.

To date, I have encountered patients with cardiovascular, renal, diabetic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, bariatric, and pancreatic disorders. I have also worked with those who have more severe complications requiring tube feeding, parenteral nutrition, and mechanical ventilation. It's remarkable how far I have come in three short months.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I entered the clinical rotations with great trepidation, but I learned that I really enjoy meeting new patients, learning about their challenges, and providing information about how nutrition impacts their conditions. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying my rotations, especially the advanced one. Diseases requiring inventive solutions that demand complex feeding calculations and beckon me to crank away at the calculator are very exciting!

Do you know what's even more exciting? Transforming food ingredients into a delicious and nutritious dish. As a part of my hospital's monthly community nutrition event "Harvesting Fall Flavors," I had an opportunity to create turkey spring rolls using leftover turkey, complete with a cranberry dipping sauce, repurposed leftover condiment spiced with hot chili oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar. An appetizer made of roasted sweet potato disks topped with ricotta cheese, roasted pecans and fall spices was also served, and dark chocolate bites rounded out the menu for dessert.

I believe live demonstrations are a great way to foster healthy cooking and eating. Breaking down cooking to step-by-step instructions can empower individuals to prepare meals using fresh, whole ingredients. I've encountered countless patients who fear cooking because they see it as daunting and unconquerable. I look forward to continuing to share my love of food and cooking with as many patients who are willing to listen.

PwC: Unlocking Growth in the B2B Telecom Segment

Four basic building blocks to help transform the sector.

Originally Published by PwC.

Revenues across the telecom industry's crucial B2B segment are slowly declining.

The needs and desires of buyers aren't being fulfilled. Sensing opportunities for disruption, new competitors are circling, with capabilities that many incumbents can't easily match. It's no wonder that transformation has risen to the top of the agenda for telecom CEOs and boards.

Telecom operators know that to better serve existing customers, win over new ones, reverse declining revenues and stymie competitors, they will need a major shift in their capabilities and outward-facing identity. This requires transformation. But knowing the effort and investment involved in transformations, and the high rates of failure, how can telecom leaders improve the odds for success?

The four building blocks of transformation

At PwC, we've found that four building blocks are essential to every major change effort across all industries, including telecommunications:

1. Create a strategic identity.

Articulate a single desirable future for your enterprise and focus all your efforts on achieving it.

2. Design for trust.

Develop ways to attract and deserve the commitment of everyone related to your enterprise — particularly customers and employees.

3. Master the pivot from sprint to scale.

Test new practices in an intensive, experimental, startup-style manner. Pick the approaches that work, and rapidly implement them throughout the larger system.

4. Treat your legacy as an asset.

Save the best of your past, divest the rest for advantage and use the income to fund the future.

Build trust through outstanding customer experience

Telecom companies need to design around the customer to create a better experience, embodying the trust that they seek to earn in the quality of that experience. Some of the ways in which telecom firms can achieve this include: moving beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to service delivery and customising the customer experience; presenting customers with proactive product recommendations; offering 'freemium' models, or try-before-you-buy products and services; and streamlining the contracting process.

Looking ahead

Achieving successful transformation for telecom companies is a challenging undertaking for any operator. But conditions within the B2B segment of the industry suggest that for many operators, transformation is not only inevitable, but increasingly urgent. The benefits of transformation are considerable, in terms of both cost reduction and revenue growth. And transformation will enable operators to leverage their legacy assets — their customer relationships and networks — in ways that they can't today. The leaner, more agile and customer-centric telecom operator will be fit for growth in the difficult B2B landscape.

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EY Transaction Advisory Services Unifies Infrastructure and Appoints New Leadership

The goal is to provide holistic services to public and private-sector clients who are developing, financing, operating, transforming, acquiring or divesting infrastructure.

Originally Published by EY.

EY Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) has announced an initiative to unify its infrastructure capabilities across practices in the Americas and appointed new leadership. TAS's consolidated Americas revenues exceeded $2b in FY18 and the EY infrastructure offerings will be a key area of investment going forward. Mike Parker, former head of Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC (EYIA), will serve as the EY Americas Infrastructure Leader and Connie Cassidy, a senior transaction diligence partner, will lead Infrastructure Private Equity in the Americas. Tom Rousakis, Senior Managing Director, EYIA, will succeed Parker.

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Flexibility at Novartis: Deepti Mitta

Mittal shares how flexible working helped her and her family get through a difficult time.

Originally Published by Novartis.

The "Flexibility at Novartis" series spotlights associates who have one thing in common: They work flexibly. As a result, they are able to manage the demands of their work and private lives. Flexible working can boost employee engagement while increasing efficiency and productivity. This series provides a glimpse into flexible working at Novartis.

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