Getting Comfortable With Feeling Uncomfortable

Discussions about race equity are challenging. Very often, they create tension and discomfort among the participants. At our 2022 National Fund Site Director Meeting, we considered the importance of getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. That idea may seem counterintuitive, but…

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What's In a Name

Black women face labor market discrimination from the moment their resumes land on the desk Depending on who you are and who connect with on social media, you may have seen this meme: It’s a picture of Ketanji Brown Jackson,…

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Compete for Talent with a Human-Centered Workplace

How do you attract and keep workers? Include them in the job design process. Today, even after a year of the fastest labor market recovery in history, there are still 11 million job openings. Every one of those open positions…

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Racial Bias in Hiring Practices Widens the Black-White Wealth Disparity

We know that systemic racism is harmful to society, but many people may not realize how much racial discrimination in hiring practices jeopardizes the wealth of Black individuals and communities. Many hiring managers may not even be fully conscious of…

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Overlooked and Undervalued

Black women in the workplace As Black History Month draws to a close and Women’s History Month is about to begin, I have been thinking about the often overlooked and undervalued Black women of our workforce. Black women disproportionately hold…

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Moving Racial Equity from Lip Service to Action

During Black History Month, many employers publicly assert their commitment to racial equity. And yet too many leaders are failing to shift mindsets and implement the policy and practice changes necessary to transform racist systems. Without action, corporate REI statements…

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Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap with Financial Wellness

January is Financial Wellness Month, and employers can play a role January is Financial Wellness Month. Many people are inspired at this time of year to get their personal and professional lives in order, including their finances. Financial wellness is…

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Low-Skill Worker”

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers were deemed “essential” and hailed as heroes. After all, they were risking their personal health — and the health of members of their household — to keep our society running. After…

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How to Build Better Jobs

Using organizational research, job quality outcome maps guide smarter business decisions Today’s labor market is tricky to navigate for many employers. Despite healthy job growth from month to month, people are still quitting their jobs at record levels, and many…

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Year-End Message from Amanda Cage

‘Tis the season for reflection. This is my second year-end message as CEO of the National Fund, and I am again struck by what a strange time it has been to take the helm of a national organization. My first…

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