Advancing Diversity from Adversity to Advocacy to Activism

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There's still more talk than action when it comes to diversity and inclusion. That's why Advancing Diversity from Advocacy to Activism is our theme for the third annual Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Inductions Experience at CES. To introduce you to our eight inductees, we've launched the Insider InSites interview series "How to Advance Diversity from Advocacy to Activism."

It took far too many years for diversity to advance fromadversity to advocacy. Our podcast asks, how can we shorten the time it takes our industry … our world … to progress from advocacytoactivism? In Q4 2019, and throughout 2020 and beyond, how can we:

  • dramatically accelerate our diverse and inclusive talent acquisition and retention;
  • widen our vision of diversity, inclusion, and equality;
  • speed the process of upskilling, reskilling, and new-skilling at all levels and experience;
  • advance more diversity in senior management;
  • establish pay equality; and
  • prove diversity is good for business?

What common standards and programs of diversity activism can we all apply to our businesses and lives?

At the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience on January 8 at CES, Hall of Honors members and select industry leaders will serve as provocateurs, guided by members of Sundance Institute Theater Program. The group will lead all guests in an immersive exploration of diversity and equality in our lives, our communities, and our workplace. The 2020 Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors inductees, who will all be a part of this unique experience, are Publicis Media (Tim Jones), Walmart/Sam's Club (Tony Rogers), Hershey Company (Jill Baskin), Female Quotient (Shelley Zalis), ADCOLOR (Tiffany R. Warren), Walt Disney Television (Tim McNeal), Institute for Veterans and Military Families (Mike Haynie), and Muslim Public Affairs Council/Hollywood Bureau (Sue Obeidi).

The first step in advancing diversity is to learn from those who have proven that diversity, inclusion, and equality initiatives are good for business. Each inductee into the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors has a story of successfully advancing diversity from adversity to advocacy to activism. Their stories will inspire you. Their experiences can prepare you to tackle these issues at your organization.  

Listen to Insider InSites on all podcast platforms and join the 2020 and previous Hall of Honors inductees at our Advancing Diversity Council Meeting on January 8 (by invitation-only), preceding the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience in partnership with Sundance Institute Theater Program. All festivities will take place at the Park MGM (adjacent to Aria).

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