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Today’s show examines where the rubber meets the road with veteran diversity and LGBT professional Simma Lieberman. She’s developed 25 fool-proof ways to determine the effectiveness of your diversity strategy in your company, organization or community. Take out your pen and scorecard and determine if diversity is real or imaginary in your establishment.
I’ll also debut my 4th book entitled: My Personal Journal: Chronicle Your Life One Day At A Time. It provides the perfect way to jumpstart a surefire way to create a steady stream of journal entries every single day. And you’ll learn how Carole has amassed nearly 40 volumes of journal entries over the past 17 years.
And finally you’ll find out why you should attend the upcoming February 11th Black History Breakfast if you live anywhere near Boston.
About Simma Lieberman
Diversity and Inclusion/Culture Change Consultant
Simma Lieberman is internationally known as "The Inclusionist," because she creates inclusive cultures where people love to do their best work, and customers love to do business. She is a diversity and inclusion/culture change consultant, speaker, and coach.
She has the unique ability to bring people together from diverse, disparate backgrounds to engage in constructive dialogue that results in dramatic improvements in the way they interact , and work with each other.
Simma was raised in the Bronx, New York where she developed a passion for diversity and inclusion. She moved to Eugene, Oregon which was her first culture shock, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Simma is a member of the Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE), a multi-cultural organization of people in the US and Europe, who are well-known for their ability to facilitate dialogues amongst people from different racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, political beliefs, genders, ages and sexual orientation.
Simma has worked with organizations that include; Diageo, Motorola, ABM Janitorial, Pillsbury Bakeries and Foodservice, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Chevron, Briefings Media, Kaiser Permanente, City of San Francisco, Lockheed Martin, American Empresarial.
Her articles and advice have been featured in publications like; Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes.com, Fast Company, Newsday, CNN.com, Fox.com, Black MBA, Restaurant Hospitality, Managing Diversity Journal, Workforce Diversity Network, and Your Cheating Spouse.com
Simma is co-author of two books. "Putting Diversity to Work, how to successfully lead a diverse workforce," (Crisp, 2003) and, "The Diversity Calling; building diverse communities, one story at a time." Simma is a co-host of SWIRL radio, an LGBT produced talk show that can be heard on AM radio in several cities across the US and on-line. She is a former co-chair of the San Francisco Regional Council of Out and Equal.
Simma lives in Berkeley, CA with her 17 year old son and their four year old dog.
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Carole (bottom left with different hairstyle) with members of the Diversity Collegium.
Dr. Roosevelt Thomas is the third from the right. Date: 1999 or 2000 at one of our meetings in Northern California
Because Of Him, Dignity For All People Spreads Worldwide...
A Tribute To Diversity Pioneer The Late Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
1944 - 2013
by Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP
In the early 1990s when I was building my business and my diversity practice, I was invited to join a newly formed group called the Diversity Collegium. Co-founded by Dr. Price Cobbs, Dr. Roosevelt Thomas and other practitioners in 1991, the group put aside its competitiveness and banded together to advance the cause of diversity. I was in the second round of consultants invited to join the group. And meeting and working with Roosevelt, Price and the others significantly impacted my business and reinforced my commitment to the field. It also reaffirmed my belief and commitment to collaborating with others and coalition building.
I stayed in the Collegium until 2002, but always respected my colleagues, especially the insightful wisdom of Roosevelt Thomas. He was a quiet gentle giant, steadily pushing diversity in a forward direction. His 1990 article “From Affirmative Action to Affirming Diversity” was the mainstay of every diversity practitioner I knew. And the books he wrote formed the backdrop of the business case for diversity.
He was respected around the world and loved for his wise counsel and wisdom. Last week after exercising in his home, he fell, hit his head and never regained consciousness. His death was swift and sudden. Today what would have been his 69th birthday was a somber and stately funeral at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. Left behind to mourn are his wife Judge Ruby Thomas, their children, grand child, extended family and the entire world of diversity and inclusion indebted to his contribution to the field.
Click Here To Download The Official Press Release Issued By The Diversity Collegium.
And please visit www.diversitycollegium.org for more information about the wonderful organization I called home for many years.
Roosevelt Thomas will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go with his beloved wife, Rudy, children, grandchild, and extended family members.
We are all so blessed to have known him. His contributions to our global society will be felt for generations to come.
-Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP
Click Here To Read The Diversity Collegium Press Release About The Death Of Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
Your Comments Or Reflections About Dr. Roosevelt Thomas Are Welcome
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.