DEI’S METTLE OF HONOR WINNER

American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described a hero as someone who’s brave five minutes longer than your average person. If so, then Kristin Malek is a superhero, as she’s been exceptionally brave most of her life. Of course, she would be the last to admit that. But CDW’s Director of Business Diversity has ...

By Author Schurr

DEI’S METTLE OF HONOR WINNER

American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described a hero as someone who’s brave five minutes longer than your average person. If so, then Kristin Malek is a superhero, as she’s been exceptionally brave most of her life. Of course, she would be the last to admit that. But CDW’s Director of Business Diversity has serious bona fides for superhero status professionally and personally.

Despite the pandemic, CDW has had a good year. CEO Christine A. Leahy commented on company earnings stating, “Our strong fourth quarter and full year performance, amidst global health and macroeconomic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrated the power of our business model.” In addition, the Illinois-based information technology solutions provider made two important acquisitions (Aptris and Scalar Decisions), named a new Chief Technology Officer (Sanjay Sood), and elevated Malek to head Business Diversity for the organization.

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Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends. DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business ...

Diversity Professional

About Us

Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends.

DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business owners, millennials and seasoned professionals. Serving as an ongoing resource throughout one’s professional career, DP understands the value of long-term relationships and what it takes to guide our readers to success. We connect people, possibilities and partners that build businesses and drive the economy.  DP is dedicated to creating positive change in diversity and inclusion initiatives. By raising awareness and sharing expertise across multiple industries.


Mission Statement

Diversity Professional mission is to advance economic inclusion for underrepresented groups by focusing on issues that impact employment, entrepreneurship and business.  We engage, inspire, celebrate, educate and connect diverse professionals and entrepreneurs to opportunities that elevate their careers and businesses.

FREDDIE MAC’S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY ACADEMY SUCCESS

When Freddie Mac started its Supplier Diversity Academy in 2016, the goal was to help current and new suppliers better understand how to work with, and win work from, the company. Four years later, Freddie Mac has graduated more than 50 diverse suppliers from its academy. During this time, 40% of these graduates have earned …

Source: Freddie Mac Corp Communications

FREDDIE MAC’S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY ACADEMY SUCCESS

When Freddie Mac started its Supplier Diversity Academy in 2016, the goal was to help current and new suppliers better understand how to work with, and win work from, the company. Four years later, Freddie Mac has graduated more than 50 diverse suppliers from its academy. During this time, 40% of these graduates have earned contracts with Freddie Mac as a result.

Freddie Mac started its journey to create the academy by conducting educational sessions for diverse suppliers focused on the organization’s procurement processes and the needs of the business. The sessions also provided access to decision-makers and allowed suppliers to present their capabilities. Freddie Mac gained a better understanding of what the suppliers could offer and the suppliers, in turn, learned what it takes to become a business of choice at Freddie Mac and other organizations.

FOSTERING INCLUSION: LESSONS FROM ACADEMIA

Business and academia share a common challenge. While both have made strides in diversity recruiting, inclusion can be treated as an afterthought—an omission that can undo the work an organization or institution puts into its recruiting strategy. Based on our work at The PhD Project, I know that once minority Ph.D’s secure a position in …

By Blane Ruschak

FOSTERING INCLUSION: LESSONS FROM ACADEMIA

Business and academia share a common challenge. While both have made strides in diversity recruiting, inclusion can be treated as an afterthought—an omission that can undo the work an organization or institution puts into its recruiting strategy.

Based on our work at The PhD Project, I know that once minority Ph.D’s secure a position in academia, they oftentimes feel left adrift, alone to navigate a nuanced, insiders’ world that doesn’t include them. That leads to turnover among faculty the institution actively sought to recruit. And we see the same scenario play out in the business world.

WORKCATIONS PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO WORK FROM HOME ARRANGEMENTS FOR TELECOMMUTERS

The pandemic has added a few words to everyday usage that were uncommon terms prior to 2020. Allow us to augment this newly accumulated vocabulary with just one more— workcation. You will not find it in the dictionary, but it has existed for a while now. However, with the global events of the past year, …

By Ruksana Hussain

WORKCATIONS PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO WORK FROM HOME ARRANGEMENTS FOR TELECOMMUTERS

The pandemic has added a few words to everyday usage that were uncommon terms prior to 2020. Allow us to augment this newly accumulated vocabulary with just one more— workcation. You will not find it in the dictionary, but it has existed for a while now. However, with the global events of the past year, it has found renewed meaning and a loyal following as well. No more is it solely the privilege of digital nomads posting enviable images of surfing the ocean one minute and their laptop the next. Now every remote worker can experience some, if not all, of that luxury in their own city or a short safely planned drive away. Several hotels, resorts and other properties that would have welcomed a bevy of guests for work and leisure through the past few months tweaked their offerings a tad bit. Many employees and entrepreneurs, unable to access their corporate offices, have found a solution in the new WFH—work from hotels.

IDENTIFYING THE 5 MENTAL MODELS OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

As individuals, we each have our own story of how or why we engage in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. While some of us may be far along in our DEI journey, others are just now joining the conversation. To better understand someone’s lens and perspectives concerning DEI, it benefits us to know …

By Nika White

IDENTIFYING THE 5 MENTAL MODELS OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

As individuals, we each have our own story of how or why we engage in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. While some of us may be far along in our DEI journey, others are just now joining the conversation. To better understand someone’s lens and perspectives concerning DEI, it benefits us to know an individual’s mental model. Understanding mental models allows DEI champions and allies to be better positioned to influence the likelihood of others engaging in inclusive leadership practices. Because mental models can vary, contained in this article is a breakdown of a few examples and signs to help identify them.

FOUR LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS TO MANAGE TEAMS DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

With the current pandemic, economic crisis and social injustice not just occurring only in the workplace, employees have been experiencing work-life imbalance. The workplace and home have become one and the same for many. Staying safe no matter where they find themselves is crucial as the impact physically and mentally is more apparent. This means …

By LaSonya Berry

FOUR LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS TO MANAGE TEAMS DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

With the current pandemic, economic crisis and social injustice not just occurring only in the workplace, employees have been experiencing work-life imbalance. The workplace and home have become one and the same for many. Staying safe no matter where they find themselves is crucial as the impact physically and mentally is more apparent. This means managers need to lead with greater focus on the wellbeing of their team members. Several different work scenarios have impacted how we work in the last few years, presenting challenging workplace circumstances for managers. Some of those have included:

1. WORKING FROM HOME

Whether with others or alone, working from home poses challenges. If employees have children, they are home from school and require support. School is in sessions as the workday begins. That is not different but what has changed is all of it is happening under one roof, using one internet source, and requiring parental support, depending on the age of the children.

CONNECTING INNOVATION AND PURPOSE

One of the basic building blocks every successful business needs in order to survive and thrive is the ability to remain innovative. It is innovation that allows organizations to stay relevant in a competitive market and play an important role in economic growth. For SDI Presence LLC (SDI), this has meant infusing three very important …

By Charmain Lewis

CONNECTING INNOVATION AND PURPOSE

One of the basic building blocks every successful business needs in order to survive and thrive is the ability to remain innovative. It is innovation that allows organizations to stay relevant in a competitive market and play an important role in economic growth. For SDI Presence LLC (SDI), this has meant infusing three very important pillars into everything they do: clients, colleagues and communities.

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