Posts Tagged 'Diversity'

Can you Identify?

bobicookIn my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘Can you Identify?’

Diversity and Inclusion: Good Business Model

Cornelius BookerHouston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, so it’s vital for companies in the Gulf Coast area to recognize the importance of having a culture of diversity and inclusion. I recently read a great book about diversity called That’s BS [Bias Synapse] by Risha Grant. It talks about how individual biases, which were developed over a span of their life, creates the beliefs people have about a particular culture, group or religion. Continue reading ‘Diversity and Inclusion: Good Business Model’

Inclusion Drives Innovation

David SpearsIn last week’s blog, we introduced this year’s theme for National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM), “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” I think most people agree with that statement. Inclusion and innovation are buzzwords we hear often and of course every organization includes similar wording within their mission statement; but what exactly does it mean? Continue reading ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness

Daniel MabryHouston’s homeless population is much more than a statistic or number. They have a name, a voice, feelings, and dignity. They are a part of our community, and I solemnly believe it is our obligation to assist people experiencing homelessness. Among all the causes of homelessness, unemployment contributes to a major 35% portion of it. Therefore, I challenge Houston businesses to expand your understanding of the homeless situation in our community. You are the key to helping our community grow. Together, let us explore the benefits of hiring a person experiencing homelessness. Continue reading ‘Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness’

Eliminating Chronic Homelessness

Daniel MabryThis month (October) is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It is an opportunity for Americans to highlight the diversity workers with disabilities bring to the labor market. I believe it is important for employers to recognize everyone’s abilities regardless of their race, religion, age, or disability. Today, innovative business leaders seek a competitive edge, and people with disabilities represent an endless stream of talent in the workforce. Continue reading ‘Eliminating Chronic Homelessness’

I Have a Dream

Job Searching Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 20th is a federal holiday when we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he has had on society today. As we honor this occasion, I thought I would share a couple of his philosophies that could increase a job seeker’s chances of success in the current market.
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