Guest blog from Natalie Spiro, Owner and Event Facilitator at Drum Cafe West I finally had time to actually watch The Oscars (yes I recorded it). I’m not going to comment on who should have won what, or how glittery the dresses were (but Lupita Nyong’o should win the most-beads-on-a-dress award – gorgeous!). I do want to quickly […]
A Lesson in Pop Culture and Diversity
Guest blog from Natalie Spiro, Owner and Event Facilitator at Drum Cafe West
I finally had time to actually watch The Oscars (yes I recorded it). I’m not going to comment on who should have won what, or how glittery the dresses were (but Lupita Nyong’o should win the most-beads-on-a-dress award – gorgeous!). I do want to quickly touch upon the conversation about diversity that’s been buzzing on the feeds – both as it relates to the attending audience and the awardees.
The HR departments of Corporate America are rarely put on display – or at least not under hot lights in front of a billion people in the same way the Oscars highlight the entertainment industry. But the hard-working talent acquisition people in both large and small businesses would probably have a lot to say on the topic of diversity atThe Oscars. Of the winners, there was a small but bright rainbow of countries, colors and sexual orientations. Women were still dearly under-presented. Disabled people were a no-show. I don’t know that stats, but I know that big production companies – like every other Fortune 500 company- are hesitant to truly examine diversification from the ground floor upward. If there was an awards show that took a snapshot of the who’s who in big business today – my guess is that there’d be no rainbow to sing about.
This is not big news. It’s just never a bad time to bring up the topic. Hats off to the huge amount of companies that have diversified and understand the benefits from an ethical and pragmatic viewpoint. Studies upon studies have shown over time that organizations and companies with diverse teams outperform those with less diverse teams. Workplaces that embrace diversity are more innovative, more productive and more in-tune with the variety of clients that they serve. The theory is simple: hiring a diverse group of individuals will only bring more talent to the table. We’d dance and sing about that – starting with some awesome drumming, of course.
-Natalie Spiro, Owner and Event Facilitator at Drum Cafe West
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