Inclusion and Diversity

Apparently, women will hug anything

Earlier this month Shane Snow, Tech journalist and co-founder of @Contently, opened up a can of worms with his article “Hug vs. Handshake”. When he, a “married dude”, runs into a male acquaintance both in and outside the workplace, a handshake is an acceptable and preferable greeting for both men. But “with females, I feel […]

Love is All You Need?

Imagine a world where homosexuality is both natural and normal and heterosexuality is perceived and treated as a sinful aberration. The award winning short film Love Is All You Need? powerfully depicts this world where “gay” is “straight” and “straight” is “gay” and a sexual relationship between a man and a woman is a cultural, […]

Raise Your Hand

“Raise your hand!” It’s what we all have to do in order to grow our careers, gain new opportunities, and take on different experiences. Sometimes opportunities come to us without us doing anything, but most of the time, opportunities come across our plate because in someway or another, we raised our hands. We may have […]

Thermometer or Thermostat? MLK Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

 “…when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, […]

Millennials Are Not From Mars

Having worked together with different generations, it’s obvious there are different styles of working and approaching situations. We heard a stat that by 2020, 50% of all US workers will be Millennials.  Even for us it’s hard to believe that it is only 7 years away.  What we wanted to explore today is with all […]

‘Celebrating & Supporting Individuality’

A Cisco colleague came to me recently and asked if she could talk to me about her daughter.  Having no children myself, I wasn’t sure how I could help.  She confided to me that she suspects her 13 year old may be lesbian, and that she had real worries about obstacles that her daughter may […]

Healthy Mind

What image comes in to your mind when you think of mental health? And, does that change when you think of it in the workplace? There is still a substantial taboo on the subject and many  people are uncomfortable speaking about it largely due to a lack of informed knowledge.

XY: a new identity for men of the XXIst century?

In preparation for International Women’s Day, the March French edition of “Marie Claire” features a number of famous men wearing their day clothes, with one unusual detail: they are all wearing bright red stilettos, arguably the symbol of femininity. How did these men feel to be perched on such flashy high heels? Perhaps it connected […]

Yahoo’s Ban on Working From Home

“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side,” the memo said. “That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO Yahoo A week before Telework Week, a week to encourage agencies, organizations, and […]