In this issue, Dr. Hubbard returns with Three Elephants Blocking Our Healing – Part 2, Activision Blizzard Employees Stage Walkout against the company’s culture of discrimination and harassment, and Illinois Governor Pritzker signs Executive Order establishing the Office of Equity to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across state government. We are also excited to introduce you to the newest member of the COLOR Team, Jerome Miles, Media Sales Executive. Access your D&I news below:
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on July 30, signed an Executive Order establishing the Office of Equity to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across state government. By creating a standalone Office of Equity, the Chief Equity Officer will serve as a leader in creating more equitable systems and opportunities for state employees and all residents.
After Activision Blizzard was rocked by a lawsuit delineating a “frat boy” workplace culture that alleges several alarming incidents of discrimination and harassment, many employees have spoken out in support of the claims, over 2,000 have signed an open letter calling for action by the company, and a walkout protest was staged July 28. Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. It owns Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, and many more hugely popular franchises and last year recorded $2.2 billion in profit.
Jerome hails from Massachusetts and brings 25 years of experience developing and implementing superior sales strategies. A Dale Carnegie-trained branding, marketing, and sales leader, Jerome directed sales and marketing for the Phillips Group, operators of The Boston Bowl for nearly a decade. Prior to The Phillips Group, Jerome served as Advertising Account Executive for the Patriot Ledger, exceeding revenue by 40%, earning over $2 million in a single year. Connect with Jerome to learn all of the exciting ways to partner with COLOR.
As we reflect on Elephant #2, investigate and contemplate ways in which we can engage in cultural celebration to help us correct any learned fallacies or biases that we may have. In part two of this multi-part editorial, Dr. Phyllis Hubbard invites readers to embark, once again, on a journey of self-reflection using her experiences as a Black woman in the US as a road map toward racial awareness and healing.
The Women of COLOR Innovator Awards (WOCIA) honors professionals and institutions whose new and creative businesses, products, and/or ideas help foster innovation in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other industries. Nominate an Innovative Women of COLOR today!