Grads of Life Blog

Category: Management and Leadership

Strong Social Enterprises Boost Individual Lives And The Nation’s Economy

When the baseball season started and new youth started their jobs at our sites in Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland, I began reflecting on how important and rare a moment this is. Statistics show that youth of color suffer from an extraordinarily high unemployment rate and even those youth looking for a job struggle […]

How To Address Bias In The Workplace

Following my last article on workforce diversity, I want to hone in on a specific issue that affects many hiring decisions today, and that is unconscious bias. Unconscious bias refers to judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of. If not addressed appropriately, any chance of moving the needle on racial and gender […] Read More

Technology Executives Model Best Practices For Attracting, Developing And Retaining Diverse Talent

In 2016, Per Scholas and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) launched Diverse by Design, a national conversation series focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in the technology workforce. The conversation’s goal is to bring together executive leadership and hiring managers to discuss best practices and collaboratively develop solutions to forge a more direct […] Read More

The Human Element: 5 Steps For Creating A Truly Inclusive Work Culture

Employee diversity is a good thing for companies. Several studies show that diverse and inclusive companies have better financial performance than those that aren’t, yet headlines today point to the diversity gap that persists across industries. A Bersin by Deloitte study highlighted this gap when it reported that 70% of the diversity and inclusion leaders […] Read More

AT&T’s Diverse Mentoring Relationships Accelerate Employee Engagement

According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000.  In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged.  Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility […] Read More