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Issue: March 9, 2021
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Launching the GDEIB April 1—Attend the Celebrations
Inclusion Culture
at Applied Materials
Gender Inclusion at
State Bank of Pakistan
Heineken—
Using Our Heads and Hearts
ERM Signs Race
at Work Charter
d&i Leaders
—Global Survey Results
IBM—Designing AI to Treat People with Disabilities Fairly
Globally Conscious
Peacemakers—2 Free webinars
d&i Leaders
Forum in June
Diversity MBA
Free Benchmarking Index
D-Up—Music Video
Ethics in Business Podcast
by Alan Richter
OD Network
Conference in June
GDEIB
Progress Report
FREE Multicultural
Calendar
Bios of 4
Expert Panellists
 Ongoing Programs from
Our Alliances
Upcoming
Conferences/Webinars
"In this pandemic we often focus on what we are losing. On Zoom (or other video calls) we are often in each other’s homes. The technology opens the door to connect and have a new understanding of people’s reality. We can know each other in a more intuitive way. It’s in the workplace that we often wear a mask. If we are going to work more virtually, we can make the most out of that and connect to the inside of people’s reality and perhaps find fewer differences."

Liliana Cantú 
General Manager 
IC Mexico 
Monterrey, NL MEXICO 
PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR SEVERAL LAUNCH EVENTS
 – SEE UPDATES ON OUR WEBSITE AND IN UPCOMING NEWSLETTERS

As you know we are excited to launch the 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks around the world. Because of Covid-19, each launch event will be a webinar. Five years ago when we launched the 2017 GDEIB we held parties and learning session all around the world – with sponsors, food and drink and lots of festivities and the happiness of having so many talented DEI practitioners come together to learn and collaborate. We’ll create that same feeling of fun and collaboration coupled with “we’ve learned what works” at these launch events. Come to one or all. Everyone welcome but attendance may be limited due to platform capacity, so register as early as possible. We will keep our website updated with registration links. Go to www.centreforglobalinclusion.org and navigate to Launch Events for more information.

You may attend any and all events. Some listed below are just in the idea or early planning stage, but we thought you might like to know about them. 

Attendees need to furnish your own food and drink!!!!

And – if you would like to host a launch event for the free 2021 GDEIB, please let Julie O’Mara know – julie.omara@centreforglobalinclusion.org

April 1: Our first 2021 launch event with the 3 authors: Nene Molefi, Julie O’Mara, and Alan Richter. SAVE THE DATE. More information later. 90 minutes. Two times will be offered to accommodate all around the world.

April 20: At the Minnesota SIETAR meeting. 

May 4: Hosted by d&i Leaders, EP, The Centre Board member and GDEIB sponsor Charlotte Sweeney, and EP Gamiel Yafai in the UK.

May 5: Coordinated by EP Riikka Salonen, this Launch event is part of the NW Equity Summit.
"WE'VE LEARNED WHAT WORKS"
-GDIB BEST PRACTICES-
BUILDING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION
AT APPLIED MATERIALS USING THE GDIB
This article was provided by Pam Kulczar of Applied Materials, a sponsor of The Centre for Global Inclusion. 
As a global leader, we know our differences can be our greatest strength – but just saying so isn’t enough. Instead, we must ensure that each individual has fair and equal opportunity for career development and advancement, and that respect for diverse backgrounds and perspectives is baked into our company’s culture at every level – from strategy and policy down to the smallest everyday interactions. 
 
That’s how we build a company with the broad-based strengths to thrive in the decades to come. It’s how we attract and retain the best people and build winning teams that are able to share their best thinking and collaborate in an environment of mutual regard. Enabling all of our people to do their best work drives innovation and performance, allowing us to fulfill our mission to make possible a better future. In 2019, we made significant strides in our journey toward a Culture of Inclusion (COI), including: 
 
Expanding gender diversity on our Board to 30% female membership  
Increasing women’s employee representation in the U.S. and globally  
Increasing U.S. underrepresented minority representation  
Establishing a team fully dedicated to our COI  
Establishing a Diversity Strategy and Culture of Inclusion Framework  
Broadening inclusion-focused questions in our employee survey and continuing to measure engagement  
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELLISTS & ALLIANCES
HOW TO MEET A DIVERSITY OF
NEEDS USING OUR HEADS AND HEARTS
This article, originally published on LinkedIn, was written by GDEIB Expert Panellist, Pascale Thorrepictured aboveInclusion and Diversity Head, Heineken, The Netherlands.
I am strongly convinced that every one of us comes to work with our own experiences, skills, personalities, and convictions about what we need to feel included. I also have the conviction, and as showcased in the Deloitte Review from January 2018, that to feel included in the workplace is not only imperative for the happiness and professional success of our colleagues, it is also a driving force to foster stronger business results. 

As the global head of Inclusion & Diversity at HEINEKEN, one of my primary goals is to empower all our colleagues to practice inclusion. At HEINEKEN we value diversity, and we want to truly embrace the cultural diversity of each of the countries we operate in. We ensure that the inclusion strategies we set on a global level are translatable and applicable in local settings and so we foster Inclusion and Diversity globally, regionally and locally. 

So how can we meet a diversity of needs?
 
The following may sound obvious but is still worth mentioning. Someone will only feel included if the needs for inclusion of that person are met. When I first started my career at HEINEKEN in late 2018, I conducted a round of 45 introductory interviews, which gave me the chance to gather quite a bit of data on the perception of HEINEKEN’s I&D landscape at that time. 

I asked all the people I met two questions: 

  1. How inclusive do you think HEINEKEN is? 
  2. What could happen for HEINEKEN to be more inclusive? 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAKISTAN GDIB AWARDS: GENDER FINANCIAL INCLUSION INITIATIVE
AT STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN
Note: We use GDIB in this article because these awards were given based on the 2017 GDIB. The GDEIB isn’t available until April 1.
One of the GDIB Pakistan’s Central Bank results is developing a policy on gender financial inclusion for mainstreaming of women in the economy. This new initiative was shared by Ms. Sima Kamil Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), while she was Chief Guest at Annual GDIB Awards and Conference 2021 in Karachi.  
 
Ms. Kamil is the first woman appointed as Deputy Governor of SBP. Before joining SBP, she was the first woman ever appointed President of a private sector commercial bank in Pakistan – United Bank Limited. 
Click here to read HR Metrics’ interview with Ms. Sima Kamil about this exciting new initiative. https://thehrmetrics.com/global-diversity-inclusion-benchmarks/
GDEIB SPONSOR, ERM, BECOMES
A SIGNATORY OF THE RACE AT WORK CHARTER
Working towards better racial and ethnic representation ERM is pleased to announce it is a signatory of the Race at Work Charter, an initiative driven by the organization Business in the Community, the Charter is composed of five calls to action for leaders and organizations across all sectors. 
 
ERM is the largest sustainability consultancy in the world. It is a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services and sustainability related services. ERM has more than 5,500 people in over 40 countries and territories working out of more than 160 offices. 
 
The five actions in the Charter are:
 
  1. Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race 
  2. Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress 
  3. Commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying 
  4. Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  5. Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression 
JUST RELEASED –
ANNUAL d&i LEADERS GLOBAL SURVEY RESULTS
d&i Leaders is an Alliance of The Centre for Global Inclusion. Thank you to many of our newsletter readers who participated in this survey. And thank you to GDEIB EP and Centre Board member Charlotte Sweeney of Charlotte Sweeney Associates, UK, and EP Gamiel Yafai, Diversity Marketplace, UK for being sponsors of this study. 
The annual d&i Leaders Global Benchmarking Survey and Report explores the size, structure, renumeration, wellbeing, and impact of D&I leaders and their teams. 

In this landmark 2020/21 survey, 350+ D&I leaders from 15 countries revealed the state of the profession after this eventful year: from how the function is perceived and rewarded to its priorities for the coming months. 
Survey findings include: 

  • Half of all respondents said they reported into the HR or people director, just under a fifth reported into the CEO. 
  • D&I teams of between two and five were the most common response, cited by 46% of respondents. 
  • 33% of Global Directors, Chiefs and Heads of Diversity and Inclusion earn more than £125,000 ($160,000). 
  • Among those reporting stable or good mental health, more than a quarter (28%) felt it had deteriorated over the past 12 months. 
  • Almost two-thirds of respondents said the extent to which they were listened to by leaders had increased over the past year. 

For more insights, you can download the the free 9 page report: https://dileaders.com/reports/ 
DIVERSITY MBA OFFERS FREE
2020 BENCHMARKING INDEX REPORT
Diversity MBA has released its 2020 report, the free Diversity Benchmarking Index. 

Seven categories are measured:
• Representation US & Global
Recruitment
Board Diversity
Succession Planning
Workplace Inclusion & Retention
Accountability
Global Initiatives

About the Index, GDEIB Expert Panellist Pam McElvane, Diversity MBA Publisher & CEO, says: “Diversity Benchmarking Index (DBI) adds another dimension to our benchmarking toolkit. Coupled with the other tools, this dashboard-like like index offers a business edge.”

Here are a few insights from the report, available here: https://online.fliphtml5.com/eunc/iwxe/

• 89 percent of companies have leadership cohorts for women and women of color.
• 15 percent of boards of directors have a board committee dedicated to DEI.
• Generational employee resource groups are the most popular initiative within companies.
• 81 percent of companies check for bias in the recruitment process.
GLOBALLY CONSCIOUS PEACEMAKERS – 
TWO UPCOMING FREE SESSIONS
MARCH 11
GDIB/GDEIB users and Expert Panellists are cordially invited to join one of the next two free web meetings of the recently rebranded “Globally Conscious Peacemakers” (GCP) community on 11 March
 
Session 14a at 9.00am in Central Europe (CET) / 10.00am in Central Africa (CAT) / 1.30pm in India (IST) / 7.00pm in Australia (AEDT): Please register HERE 
 
Session 14bat 8.00am in Seattle (PST) / 11.00am in New York (EST) / 1.00pm in Rio de Janeiro (BRT) / 5.00pm in Central Europe (CET) / 6.00pm in Central Africa (CAT): Please register HERE 
 
Each 90-minute formal session will be split into two parts, the first comprising an interactive presentation and the second comprising self-facilitated small group conversations. Then there will be an additional 30 minutes of informal debriefing/conversation for those who can stay a bit longer. 
 
In Session 14a, we will have a virtual "fireside chat" with Pari Namazie. Pari is a leadership coach and Iranian immigrant, who focuses on respectful dialogue, based in Vienna and Dubai. In Session 14b, Teresita Hurtado Ramos will present on "Cultural Humility." Teresita is Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion at UNT (University of North Texas). 
 
For those of you who have not participated in a GCP session before, the Inclusion Allies Coalition originally launched the GCP in April 2020 as a forum to discuss “Survival Strategies for DEI Practitioners,” co-designed and led by GDEIB 2021 EP Jeremy Solomons  in Rwanda and Nadine Binder in Germany. 
 
Since then, Jeremy and Nadine have helped GCP grow into an active, informal community of more than 250 conscious professionals and global peacemakers of all ages and backgrounds from 35 countries around the world. During each monthly session, community members have been sharing and learning practical ways to support, calm and nurture themselves and prevent violence and promote peace with those around them at a very challenging time for global health and security. 
 
For more details, please check out: https://www.nadinebinder.com/gcp 
DESIGNING AI APPLICATIONS
TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FAIRLY
This article was written by GDEIB Expert Panellist, Yves Veulliet, and his colleague Shari Trewin. It originally appeared on IMB’s blog and is re-printed with permission.
Alan was surprised not to get an interview for a banking management position. He had all the experience and excellent references. The bank’s artificial intelligence (AI) recruitment screening algorithm had not selected him as a potential candidate, but why? Alan is blind and uses specialized software to do his job. Could this have influenced the decision?
AI solutions must account for everyone. As artificial intelligence becomes pervasive, high profile cases of racial or gender bias have emerged. Discrimination against people with disabilities is a longstanding problem in society. It could be reduced by technology or exacerbated by it. IBM believes we have a responsibility, as technology creators, to ensure our technologies reflect our values and shape lives and society for the better. We participated in the European Commission High Level Expert Group on AI and its Assessment List for Trustworthy AI (ALTAI). The ALTAI provides a checklist of questions for organizations to consider when developing and deploying AI systems, and it emphasizes the importance of access and fair treatment regardless of a person’s abilities or ways of interacting. 
 
Continue reading this article to learn the six steps to fairness for people with disabilities.
2021 OD NETWORK
VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: JUNE 1 – 4
Registration is Open for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference  

June 1: Virtual Social Impact Day - June 2-4: Virtual Conference 
Join us for the first virtual conference!  

We are excited to announce registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. We're looking forward to four days of learning and connecting. 
 
Practical Learning  
You'll gain practical strategies, tools and creative ideas to help you grow and transform impact in your practice. 
 
Colleague Connections  
Conference is where collaborations begin — and never end! You'll connect with a dazzling combination of attendees including brilliant organization development independent consultants, internal practitioners and educators all equally eager to share their wisdom. 
 
Strategic Partnerships  
Establish new strategic relationships by engaging with technology and OD partners in our virtual exhibit hall! 
 
Let's create new possibilities and 
advance the science, practice, and impact of OD. 
Register today! 
 
D-UP! FREEWORLD SPEARHEADS
ALL-STAR VIDEO PROJECT CELEBRATING DIVERSITY
NOTE FROM THE CO-EDITORS: This video came through the Internet to Julie O'Mara and we liked it so we are passing it along to readers. 
To watch the video, go here:  https://youtu.be/fiSK7F4xCpQ 
 
Richard Cushing, leader of the Memphis-based musical ensemble, FreeWorld, leads an all-star lineup to create a fantastic video for their song “D-Up (Here’s to Diversity)” in the fall of 2020. 
 
The song (with lyrics written by David Skypeck) and accompanying video (produced by Justin Jaggers), came bursting forth with new life through the amazing production talents of Niko Lyras, along with the instrumental & vocal contributions of over three dozen established entertainers, talented newcomers, and legacy artists (see below), who all came together and donated their time and talents to create a work of art that celebrates and exemplifies the musical, cultural, emotional, intellectual, and Spiritual unity and diversity inherent in our city and the world beyond. 
 
As the lyrics of the song say, ”There is power in our differences / So 
maybe we can use it to further our existences / With Communication, Respect, and Harmony / Here’s to Diversity (D-UP!).” 
 
ALAN RICHTER, GDEIB CO-AUTHOR,
FEATURED ON PMI PODCAST RE: ETHICS IN BUSINESS
The Project Management Institute hosts the Centre Stage Podcast - which explores issues such as innovative change, focusing on the strengths of virtual teams, and cross-functional project-based work 
 
In this episode of the Center Stage podcast, Alan Richter and Joe Cahill discuss ethics in business and its impact on projects and organizations. As business becomes more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, organizations must address ethical considerations both internally and externally to stay relevant and reputable. To do so, they need leaders who can navigate the complexities of ethical decision making by understanding the impact of culture on ethics and the need for inclusivity. 
GDEIB EXPERT PANELLISTS AND USERS
TO BE FEATURED AT d&i LEADERS FORUM IN JUNE
Coming up June 8 & 9, 2021! 

d&i Leaders is offering a 5% discount to our Newsletter readers. 
Use promotional code gdib5 when you book online. 
 
Each year 600+ senior diversity, inclusion, HR and talent professionals attend this global forum over two days, to hear from expert speakers, network, and exchange ideas. 
 
We are pleased to highlight the following GDEIB EPs and users who will be featured speakers.  

Featured speakers:  
Special Discount!   
For more information or to register, please visit this site: https://dileaders.com/globalforum/ 

2021 GDEIB PROGRESS REPORT
This is our last progress report because we launch April 1. We are thrilled at how strong and useful this GDEIB is. Our 112 Expert Panellists and the 3 authors have done remarkable work in writing benchmarks that address the impact of the pandemic, artificial intelligence, oppression, accelerated pace of change, increased emphasis on equity, working remotely and the “new normal.” 
TOOLS
FREE
Multicultural Calendar 
GDIB Expert Panellist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.
DEI Futures Project,
Future Trend Cards 
A collection of future trends is being curated and explained by GDIB Expert Panellist Margaret Regan.
FEATURED EXPERT PANELLISTS
Lori Campbell
Akshay Kumar
Kelli McLoud-Schingen 
Dianne Hofner Saphiere
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS BY OUR ALLIANCES OR OUR EXPERT PANELLISTS 
OR WHERE THE GDIB IS INCLUDED
ACPA21 Convention 
Virtual Experience 
[VIRTUAL] 
March 1-17, 2021 
Forum on Workplace Inclusion
Workplace Revolution 2021
[VIRTUAL] 
March 8-12, 2021 
Globally Conscious
Peacemakers Conference
[VIRTUAL] 
March 11, 2021 
OD Network
Annual Conference
[VIRTUAL] 
June 1-4, 2021 
d&i Leaders Global Forum 2021
[VIRTUAL] 
June 8 & 9, 2021 
PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY EXPERT PANELLISTS & ALLIANCES
Listed here are programs offered by GDIB Expert Panelists and Alliances. Many are offered numerous times on an ongoing basis. While these courses may not be specifically about the GDIB, the content will be helpful in achieving many of the GDIB benchmarks. If you are an Expert Panelist or Alliance and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support by providing slides, handouts, and ideas. Go to our site and explore. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing these resources. Please help by adding to what we offer.
SPECIAL REQUEST TO GDIB USERS
As you know the GDIB is free to users upon signing the user agreement. We are getting ready to update the GDIB and seek sponsors for this update. The GDIB is free to use AND we ask that users in the past or current users make a special effort to become a sponsor. In exchange we will include your organization logo and/or name on the 2021 edition and the website. Funds are needed now and on an ongoing basis to support the research and publishing of the 2021 edition. It will continue to be available to all for free — that will not change. However, if at all possible and if you or your organization is benefiting from the free GDIB please contact us about sponsoring. Thank you very much.
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These guidelines mix American and British spelling.
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