Making Progress? Women and Minorities Form Majority of New S&P 500 Board Positions for the First

The term “activist investor” might conjure up images of an altruistic billionaire using her financial clout to push companies towards greener technologies or improving conditions for workers, but the term is much broader and refers to investors attempting to influence the general strategy of a company by asserting influence over the election of board members. And it’s becoming more common. According to Ryan Derousseau in an article for Fortune published in fall, 2017, “Activist investing—where a major share­holder or group of shareholders uses its leverage to pressure management to change strategy—has become more commonplace of late.” In fact, Derousseau tells us, since 2012, this practice h

Flying the (Not So) Friendly Skies

Did you miss this one? In late October, the NAACP issued a warning to African Americans to avoid traveling on American Airlines. According to an NAACP press release: "The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing [a] national advisory alerting travelers—especially African Americans—to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them [to] disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions. This travel advisory is in effect beginning today, October 24, 2017, unti

SHRM Survey Reveals Pervasiveness of Unconscious Bias

Recently, Roy Maurer covered a SHRM survey of recruiters that revealed some interesting insights into differences between male and female recruiters in terms of how they evaluate candidates coming in for job interviews. The survey questioned 831 recruiters in the United States on their thoughts regarding recruiting and looked for evidence of hiring bias, among other trends. The results yield some interesting and important insights about how we are all impacted—in ways we may not even be consciously aware of—by those we interact with. Whether hiring, or simply interacting with, others it’s important to keep the potential for unconscious bias top-of-mind. Here's what the survey results reveal.

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