By The Strategist's Editors "The protests against police brutality and the unjust murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Robert Fuller, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Maurice Gordon, Riah Milton, Malcolm Harsch, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, and Oluwatoyin Salau have mobilized millions to take action toward dismantling both overtly and subtly racist norms and policies entrenched in American life. This action can take different forms, including (but not limited to) protesting, educating, listening, consciously shopping, and, of course, donating." Read Full Article
By Sheila Callaham   "Diversity and inclusion events across the U.S. and around the world have been canceled due to the coronavirus. Conferences that have taken months to plan, networking events that bring people and ideas together, and training and team-building opportunities–the bedrock of forward momentum–all canceled. "But what if all these events could still take place from the comfort of self-isolation? "Now they can." Read Full Article
By Kristin Salaky "You’ve likely seen messaging from many brands recently regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black people in America by police. While some simply issued statements of support, some took it a step further into committed action." "Below we've listed statements from food brands that are coupled with actions big and small, such as donations to anti-racism causes and conversations with staff. By compiling them here, we are not saying they hold equal weight or are by any means comprehensive, but hope to help you be a more informed consumer." Read Full Article
By Dr. Nicole Lipkin "We are collectively trying to create a new organizational style. We want workplaces that are psychologically safe. We want to create environments where people feel free to speak their minds. We are trying to weave flexibility into the fabric of companies." "And most importantly, we want leaders to support their people by listening to them, promoting innovation, and giving a voice to all." Read Full Article
By Ruth Umoh   "The coronavirus pandemic has roiled the nation, leaving businesses with little choice but to adapt and adjust. As company leaders have pivoted to address the needs of their most important business asset—talent—one thing has become abundantly clear: those with strong diversity and inclusion initiatives already in place have had an easier time steering their companies through the pandemic’s choppy waters." "But even for companies with a solid diversity and inclusion foundation, the novel virus has forced diversity heads to think creatively about how best to support their talent, while still making strides on representation and belonging in the midst of global hiring freezes and layoffs." "While prioritizing the safety and well-being of their employees has, understandably, been placed at the top of their to-do list, continuing efforts to maintain inclusive work environments hasn't exactly dropped off." Read Full Article
By MPN Staff SMX Next 2020 is a Microsoft sponsored virtual event, intended to aid over 10,000 marketers by creating an opportunity to learn about emerging technology and tactics that are used to redefine a successful search marketer. The expo is made up of 50 speakers who, over the course of two days, will provide information on how to effectively drive business. Today, June 24, 2020, our CEO, CJ Bland, will participate in the SMX Next 2020 Expo alongside Zenia Johnson and Jackie Leung. In this 45 minute session, the aspects of diversity recruitment and retainment within the business world will be addressed.   “The lack of diversity in the advertising and marketing industry is not a new issue. Despite loads of research on the business benefits of diverse teams, there's been talk but little action for years to increase Black and minority representation in the industry. It's time for real action and for agencies and businesses to do more than hand-wringing. In our panel discussion, we'll talk about how to accomplish change in your organization with those who are already working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. You'll come away with actionable steps to drive change.” The following link can be used to access the full SMX Next Agenda:  SMX Next Agenda View replay video of CJ Bland, Zenia Johnson, and Jackie Leung speaking on diversity, recruitment and retainment:  SMX Next: Diversity, Recruitment and Retainment .
By German Lopez "It’s a common conversation these days: One person says, “Black lives matter.” Then another responds, “No, all lives matter.” "It’s also a complete misunderstanding of what the phrase “black lives matter” means. The person on the receiving end interprets the phrase as “black lives matter more than any other lives.” "But the point of Black Lives Matter isn't to suggest that black lives should be or are more important than all other lives. Instead, it’s simply pointing out that black people's lives are relatively undervalued in the US — and more likely to be ended by police — and the country needs to recognize that inequity to bring an end to it." Read Full Article
By Chiradeep BasuMallick " Does every employee in your organization have a level playing field? This is what the concept of workplace equity tries to address. In this article, we discuss: The difference between equity and equality Five reasons to prioritize equity alongside diversity and inclusion Exclusive insights from Avalara's senior director, Amelia Ransom "When we talk about diversity and inclusion (D&I), one key concept that's often left out is equity. Equity refers to a state where everyone – regardless of their ethnic background, country of origin, age, physical ability/disability, or gender – has a level playing field. When diversity, inclusion, and equity go together, your workforce is empowered to bring their best to work." Read Full Article
By Time Out Editors "Floyd’s violent death at the hands of the police triggered protests, first in Minneapolis and then in more than 200 American cities – with solidarity demonstrations taking place across the world. The protests have brought Black Lives Matter, a decentralized movement founded in 2013 in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin and other black Americans, back to prominence. Now people of all races, living in dozens of countries, are looking for ways to help." "Whether it’s by donating money, attending protests, educating yourself or amplifying the voices of black people, there are many ways to support the global struggle against racism – no matter where in the world you are. Below, you’ll find just a few. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list, and we’ll continue to add to it as events evolve." Read Full Article
C.J. Bland is the co-founder and CEO of Minority Professional Network, Inc. (MPN) and a longtime DE&I speaker, trainer, facilitator and consultant.    Mr. Bland, was recently asked to share his insights on how marketing and advertising agencies and in-house marketing teams can do better at diversity recruiting. Mr. Bland was asked a series of questions by  Ginny Marvin , Editor-in-Chief of Editor-in-Chief at  Search Engine Land ,  Marketing Land  &  MarTech Today . Responses by Mr. Bland and others are captured in Ms. Marvin's article:  "Actionable ways to drive diversity, equity and inclusion in your marketing organization."   Read Full Article  by Ms. Marvin . The specific questions answered by Mr. Bland were as follows: There has been talk for years in the marketing industry about the need for and benefits of diverse teams and the lack of Black and minority representation in the industry. We see the same in tech -- lots of talk with little to show for it. What do you see as the leading factor: a pipeline issue, a networking issue, a mentorship issue? Are there other factors companies are overlooking? Or is it an actual lack of effort?  What are the steps companies that are serious about diversity but haven't been able to make progress, or don't know where to start, need to take?   What advice do you have for employees trying to push for change within their own marketing organizations? What advice would you give to hiring managers in marketing organizations that have little to no diversity when interviewing minority candidates? Often there is talk about whether someone is going to be a "culture fit." Is that a worthwhile question to ask?  Please email or call 888-676-6389 for more information on how to engage Mr. Bland or our other DE&I thought leaders, speakers or partners as a potential speaker, facilitator or consultant.  Please visit  for more information about our company, clients, audience, results and capabilities, including proven offerings, including job posting, staffing, marketing, training, events and consulting solutions.