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SFNet Committee Articles, Data and News

SFNet committees offer members opportunity to engage with colleagues, delve into special interest areas, and develop knowledge around specific topics. New in 2021, each committee has the option to curate articles, data and news that speak to their specific focus. Our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is the first to create their library, with more to follow. Click below to access the list of articles.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Articles


Diversidad laboral: los beneficios de ser una empresa inclusiva
By Javier Castillo
Las empresas inclusivas han demostrado ser más productivas y exitosas pero ¿cuál es la razón? Te explicamos qué es una empresa abierta a la diversidad y los beneficios que te puede traer.

Diversidad en las empresas: más que un beneficio para tu negocio, un impulso a la economía
ada cabeza es un mundo. Por supuesto, no todas las personas con quienes trabajamos se ven iguales o tienen las mismas creencias. La diversidad en las empresas no es una tendencia, sino una necesidad para lograr el éxito.

Las marcas apuestan por la diversidad apoyando pequeños negocios propiedad de colectivos étnicos
Más allá del respeto al medio ambiente y la lucha contra la emergencia climática, las marcas y compañías persiguen también otras metas con la intención de contribuir a la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, entre ellas, la reducción de desigualdades o el fomento del trabajo decente y el crecimiento económico. En un contexto, además,  en el que valores como la integración, la diversidad y la inclusión cotizan al alza, cada vez son más las empresas que apuestan por brindar apoyo y acompañamiento a pequeños negocios propiedad de empresarios y emprendedores hispanos, asiáticos o negros.

La relación entre diversidad cultural y salud
By Ana Hernandez
La salud pública se ve enfrentada a grandes desafíos. Especialmente, en Latinoamérica, donde para brindarle a la población protección sanitaria necesita integrar varios componentes. Es así, como la diversidad cultural, agrupa conocimientos médicos, creencias indígenas y practicas ancestrales tradicionales.

Are you missing the mark on DEI? What employees think
By Michele McGovern
You made serious strides in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). But do your employees think it’s good enough?

Diversity, equity and inclusion report from Ingredion sets four goals
By Jeff Gelski
Ingredion, Inc. listed four goals and milestones and four pillars when releasing its first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) report on Sept. 2.

How ‘unconscious bias’ training improves culture and productivity
By Natasha Nicholson
We all hold some type of unconscious bias or stereotype – an unsupported opinion in favor of or against someone or something – that we aren’t even aware of.

4 Steps to Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Part of Your Company’s Culture
By Scott Lepisto
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in a corporate context is sometimes thought to be synonymous with implicit bias training. This is unfortunate because implicit bias training has been shown to have shortcomings when implemented incorrectly and because training alone isn’t enough to create an inclusive culture in the workplace.

Majority of employees want to work for a company that values diversity, equity and inclusion, survey shows
By Susan Caminiti
Workers want business leaders to speak up on social and political issues and think companies can do more when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, according to the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workforce Survey.

7 Ways Leaders Can Level Up Their DEI Workplace Strategy
By Angela Kambouris
Here's how to go from strategy to meaningful action in building a workforce that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work 
By David Pedulla
A Stanford and Harvard professor convened a symposium on what’s actually working to improve diversity and inclusion in organizational life.

SFNet Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Committee

By Michele Ocejo, SFNet director of communications and editor-in-chief of The Secured Lender
Interview with Betty Hernandez, chair of SFNet’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Committee.



Women in the Workplace 2020

By Sarah Coury, Jess Huang, Ankur Kumar, Sara Prince, Alexis Krivkovich, and Lareina YeeMcKinsey & Company
This is the sixth year of the Women in the Workplace study—in a year unlike any other. This effort, conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org, tracks the progress of women in corporate America.


Diversity still matters

By Kevin Dolan, Vivian Hunt, Sara Prince, and Sandra Sancier-SultanMcKinsey & Company
COVID-19 is confronting companies around the world with a daunting degree of disruption. In the immediate term, some face devastating losses of revenue, dislocations to operations and supply chains, and challenges to liquidity and solvency. Others are coping with enormous unexpected spikes in demand.


Why diversity matters

By Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara PrinceMcKinsey & Company
New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.


Sustaining and strengthening inclusion in our new remote environment

By Diana Ellsworth, Ruth Imose, Stephanie Madner, and Rens van den Broek, McKinsey & Company
Thoughtful action now can help teams build new habits, strengthen connections, and encourage the growth of inclusive cultures that will better realize the full potential of all employees.

The case for accelerating financial inclusion in black communities

By Aria Florant, JP Julien, Shelley Stewart, Nina Yancy, and Jason Wright, McKinsey & Company
A lack of financial inclusion for black Americans exists at every level of the financial system. Understanding the sources of exclusion is the first step to fixing the system.

How companies can make meaningful progress for LGBTQ+ employees

Podcast, McKinsey & Company
Despite visible signs of progress, workplace challenges persist for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s what companies can do to help their LGBTQ+ employees bring their authentic selves to work.


How the LGBTQ+ community fares in the workplace

By Diana Ellsworth, Ana Mendy, and Gavin Sullivan, McKinsey & Company
LGBTQ+ rights over the past two decades, with many companies making public gestures of support. Hundreds of major consumer brands have become regular sponsors of annual Pride events.


Ten things to know about gender equality

By Mekala Krishnan, Anu Madgavkar, Kweilin Ellingrud, Lareina Yee, Vivian Hunt, Olivia White, and Deepa Mahajan, McKinsey & Company
In 2015, the 193 member countries of the United Nations came together to commit to 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 5 focused on gender equality and set the ambitious target of achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls everywhere by 2030.


Closing the gap: Leadership perspectives on promoting women in financial services

By Stacey Chin, Alexis Krivkovich, and Marie-Claude Nadeau, McKinsey & Company
Men still make up most of the management ranks at banks and insurers. New survey data and interviews with female executives point the way to improving gender diversity.


How Can Diversity In Leadership Change The Way We Work?

By Quora via Forbes
How can diversity in leadership change the way we work? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.


If You’re Expecting Diversity & Inclusion Leaders To Fix Workplace Racism, Think Again

By Dana Brownlee, Forbes
In response to recent Black Lives Matters demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, corporate America doubled down on its commitment to antiracism.


Dealing With Race At Work - Why Diversity Initiatives Need To Go Further

By Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, Forbes
Black History Month 2020 provided even more attention to events and discussions focusing on creating cultures where sensitive conversations are aligned with practical ways to move forward.


How To Make Diversity And Inclusion Successful As Part Of The War For Talent

By Liz Kislik, Forbes
Many organizations see diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a complex, challenging subject or a burdensome task without an assured payoff. Leaders often don’t know where to start their D&I efforts, and they may turn away from initiatives when they’re not sure how to get traction.


The Value Of Diversity

By Jill Griffin, Forbes
Joanna Rees is an investor, entrepreneur, advisor, educator and mentor with deep expertise in helping companies and organizations define their market and build powerful brands.


Diversidad, el negocio en el que todos ganan

By Jesica Mateu, Forbes
Políticas y acciones concretas de inclusión y diversidad ya no solo generan más oportunidades, también promueven la productividad y la innovación, provocando un crecimiento del 20% en la calidad de la toma de decisiones.


¿Por Qué Implementar La Diversidad En La Empresa?

By Andrea Velasco, By Futuro Sostenible
La diversidad empresarial implica que las compañías abran sus puertas a cualquier persona, con independencia de su género, religión, origen étnico o estado de salud. Sin embargo, hasta hace poco los colectivos minoritarios no eran significativos en los departamentos de Recursos Humanos. Esto supuso una pérdida de talento tan relevante que firmas de talla mundial y pymes ya están incluyéndolos en sus plantillas en aras de mejorar la competitividad.


Diversidad e Inclusión, ¿por qué es importante para los negocios?

By Lissett Bastidas, By Sintec Consulting
La Diversidad e Inclusión cada vez son más críticos para la sostenibilidad y competitividad de los negocios. Entender nuestro estado actual y la manera en que lo hacen las empresas mejor rankeadas en este ámbito nos puede ayudar a dar pasos importantes hacia adelante.


Want More Diverse Senior Leadership? Sponsor Junior Talent.

By Herminia Ibarra and Nana von Bernuth, Harvard Business Review
Sponsorship is emerging as a valuable tool for increasing diversity in an organization’s senior ranks. The authors define sponsorship as “a helping relationship in which seHernior, powerful people use their personal clout to talk up, advocate for, and place a more junior person in a key role.” In this piece, they define a number of specific do’s and don’t’s that apply specifically to the use of sponsorship to help the careers of promising employees from underrepresented groups, and to boost diversity at the executive level.

Do You Know Why Your Company Needs a Chief Diversity Officer?

By Mita Mallick, Harvard Business Review
The growing force of the racial justice movement in the United States has pushed many companies to start searching — internally and externally — for their first Chief Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Officer

Are Your D&I Efforts Helping Employees Feel Like They Belong?

By Michael Slepian, Harvard Business Review
Sometimes, efforts at inclusion can backfire. Consider the manager who talks to her low-wage employees about upcoming international travel plans, or the co-worker who expresses surprise that a Black colleague doesn’t conform to a stereotype. 

Environmental, Social, and Governance

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance: How They Interact With Our Organizations and the Markets We Serve–What We Can Learn From Europe

Leaders across our industries discuss what ESG means to them and their customers. Panel originally aired on November 1, 2021 at the SFNet 77th Annual Convention.


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DEI Committee Reading List

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

By Priya Parker
In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be.



This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

By Ashton Applewhite

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does.


Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

By Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
In Blindspot, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald explore hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality.



How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. Download the discussion kit, click here.



Gender: Your Guide

By Lee Airton
A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture



The Witches Are Coming

By Lindy West
The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill - now a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant - provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself.



We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

By Linda Sarsour
Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares an “unforgettable memoir” (Booklist) about how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.


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Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces

By Karen Catlin
One secret to creating this kind of vibrant and supportive workplace is practicing active allyship. With the Better Allies® approach, it’s something anyone can do, not just people who have “diversity,” “inclusion,” or “belonging” in their job title. To see the discussion guide, click here.



Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

By Beverly Daniel Tatum
Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. To see the discussion guide, click here.



White Tears/Brown Scars

By Ruby Hamad
When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.


Manager’s Guide to Having Essential Conversations: Diversity Best Practices:

Leading difficult but essential conversations on topics such as racism, social injustices, bigotry and discrimination are not easy. 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Glossary

The dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion is broad and growing. This introduces the need for common vocabulary to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Words often have different meanings; depending on lived experiences words might hold different meanings for different people.