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Travelers' Joelle Murchison Teaches Value of Diversity

Joelle Murchison, second vice president, diversity, at Travelers, had at one point aspired to become U.S. secretary of education. A public-policy and educational-studies major at Brown University, Murchison wrote her thesis on the impact desegregation had on the education system. “How I ended up in the diversity space [is] not…

You're Transgender You're Fired!

After almost half a century living as a male, Joanne Herman transitioned in 2002 to live as a female in order to resolve a gender incongruity she had felt for as long as she remembers. She has since been an active spokeswoman for transgender awareness and understanding. Joanne is one…

Women: Want to Lead Be Resilient, Reports Accenture

In celebration of International Women’s Day todayhonoring the economic, political and social achievements of women globallyAccenture has released a critical leadership report, “Women Leaders and Resilience: Perspectives from the C-Suite.” Accenture surveyed 524 senior-level executives, including CEOs, COOs and CFOs, from companies with annual revenues in excess of $250 million…

What Is a Reasonable ADA Accommodation

Bob Gregg, partner in Boardman Law Firm, and Cliff Bobholz, an associate,share their roundup of diversity-related legal issues. They can be reached at rgregg@boardmanlawfirm.com and cbobholz@boardmanlawfirm.com, respectively. ADA accommodations must be reasonable and fit operational needs. An employee with a migraine condition sued her employer after her requested accommodation of…

The Importance of Posting Notices, Updating Handbooks

One of the prime causes of “preventable liability” is the failure to prominently post and update state and federally required employee notices. Posting information and keeping handbooks and policies current is vital, as the following two cases illustrate. Policies & Procedures Employees who see EEO notices have NO excuse. An…

Ask the White Guy: Diversity Is Not in Your DNA

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart,…

Reaching Critical Mass Is Key

Achieving critical mass (or one-third) of women in leadership is essential to building “a stronger economy, better institutions and a more representative democracy,” write the authors of Benchmarking Women’s Leadership, published by The White House Project, a New York Citybased nonprofit that aims to advance women’s leadership roles in communities…

Global Diversity: What Skills Do You Need to Know

I’ve moved through the world as a sojourner, someone who lives in a “foreign” country for one or more years with the intention of returning to his or her country of origin. As a college student, I lived in Spain and traveled throughout Europe. Then in my early career, I…