THE D&I Roundup from COLOR – August Edition II

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In this issue, Dr. Hubbard completes her journey to understand The Three Elephants Blocking Our Healing, DEI Manager Amy Hull unpacks the value of emotional intelligence when meeting DEIB goals, Cadence Bank announces its supplier diversity portal program and more. Access your D&I news below: 

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In a Company’s DEIB Journey, The Importance Emotional Intelligence

In a piece on mastering the DEIB Journey Amy Hull, Manager of DEI at Paycor, Inc. discusses the importance of emotional intelligence. “The better people know themselves, the better they’ll understand how they relate to others and the better they’ll be able to work and lead. However, how emotional intelligence relates to DEIB is often ignored because people might have an aversion to discussing feelings at work, but this aversion is waning in this era of reignited social justice reform.”




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Wanda Sykes Honored at African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) Announces 2021 Special Achievement TV Honorees

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced the Special Achievement Honorees for the 3rd annual AAFCA TV Honors. Comedian/Actress Wanda Sykes will receive the 2021 AAFCA TV Honors Special Achievement Salute to Excellence Award for expanding the parameters of diversity and inclusion for both the Black and LGBTQ communities.





Cadence Bank Announces Launch of Supplier Diversity Portal

The portal, available via, allows suppliers to register for the opportunity to compete for the bank’s business and serves as a hub of supplier information that Cadence Bank will use when considering vendors for a product or service. “The supplier diversity portal promotes an environment conducive to providing all suppliers, regardless of size, equal access to sourcing, contracting and purchasing opportunities and further encourages our utilization of diverse suppliers, including women, minority, LGBTQ+, and veteran-owned enterprises,” said Sandra Surma, director of supplier diversity at Cadence Bank.

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Three Elephants Blocking Our Healing: Reflections on Race, Society, and Wellness – Part 3

As we reflect on Elephant #3, Dr. Hubbard invites us to investigate and contemplate ways in which we can engage creative language and mindfulness practices to help us challenge our biases and facilitate social healing. In part 3 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 and expertise in Holistic Health as a road map toward racial awareness and healing.







Pamela Rosario Pérez, Customer Experience & Business Transformation — Rapid7 (courtesy photo)

Announcing the Keynote Speaker and Publisher’s Award Winner at the WOC Innovator Awards: Pamela Rosario Pérez

Pamela M. Rosario Pérez, CCXP at cybersecurity firm Rapid7 is an award-winning business leader in customer experience and cybersecurity services at Rapid7. As a first-generation Afro-Latinx, investor and entrepreneur, she hopes to empower historically disenfranchised communities with educational cybersecurity, machine-learning, and real estate investment initiatives.



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