Change at White House: What About the Workplace?
By Ralph Gaillard
It’s going to be a quite week.
Today, of course, is the national holiday that
celebrates the birth of the legendary civil rights leader, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tomorrow, the nation and the world will
witness history in the making as the first African-American is sworn
in as President of the United States. Looking at these two events
together, one can’t help but appreciate how far this nation has come
as the last racial barrier in U.S. politics comes crashing down.
However, we must be mindful of the fact that the road to full
equality is still ahead of us, and it’s quite long -- especially in
the U.S. workplace.
Obama Inauguration Gives Hope to Diversity Exec
When Patrice Hall sat
in Denver’s Mile High Stadium listening to Barack Obama’s acceptance
speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last August, she had
never felt so inspired and hopeful.
After almost two decades in line management, Hall
has spent the last 13 years as a diversity executive, most recently
as head of the Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Practice for
ORC Worldwide, a leading HR Consulting firm. Before that, she
spearheaded the diversity efforts for both the retail division of
Chase Manhattan Bank and the Global Investment Bank at JPMorgan
She’s seen much progress in diversity over those
years, but it wasn’t until her Denver DNC visit that she felt truly
"proud to live in a country that" while far from perfect "at least
promises the possibility of the kind of world I want to live in."
Trickle-Down Diversity Isn't Enough
By Michael P. Maslanka
Talk about juxapostions: The birthday of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. with the inauguration of Barack Obama. From
being hosed in Selma, Alabama, to taking the oath of the Presidency.
We all applaud this progess. From a macro view, it gladens my
heart. But I am an employment lawyer, and the micro view saddens me.
Why should this be? A President Obama reminds
me that we too often look to who fills the top slot to guage if
progress is being made.
Why Race Is Still Important
A Q & A with Georgetown University’s
In a way, Christopher Metzler is responsible for
diversity increasingly being taken seriously as an integral part of
any organization’s business strategy. After all, while at Cornell
University, he created the nation’s first certification program for
diversity professionals. And as associate dean at Georgetown
University’s School of Continuing Studies -- the position he
currently holds -- he created the country’s first master’s degree in
diversity. On top of that, he’s authored many books on the subject,
including The Competencies of the Chief Diversity Officers and The
Construction and Rearticulation of Race in a Post-Racial America.
We asked Metzler, who is also director of the
Diversity and Inclusion Practice at F&H Solutions Group, an
affiliate of Ford & Harrison LLP, to respond to the notion that
Barack Obama’s election will force a new definition of
organizational diversity (and one less about race).
Q: How has your work changed over the years?