Black Business Owners, Celebrities, Influencers, and Leaders Gather with Visa at CEO's Making Waves for Black Women in Business, Helping Corporations Fulfill Commitment to Equality and Inclusion

Black Business Owners, Celebrities, Influencers, and Leaders Gather with Visa at CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women in Business, Helping Corporations Fulfill Commitment to Equality and Inclusion

Two-Day Conference Provides Vital Resources for Black Women in Business

OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On October 26th and 27th, CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women In Business: Growth, Impact, & Community will kick off a two-day conference by welcoming Black women-owned businesses, industry leaders, and corporations in addressing the need for systemic change in leadership, gender, and race equality in a variety of different industries.

The two-day event will feature discussions from black business owners such as influencer Necole Kane – CEO/Founder of XONecole and Whitney Harper (Brand Manager/Creative Director for Rapper Sweetie) and (Host) Sports Broadcaster Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, along with many other amazing business professionals in different sectors who will share their insights on relevant topics and resources aimed at enhancing the approaches of Black professionals and CEO’s. By strengthening woman-owned companies within the Black community, CEO’s Making Waves will work on closing the 90% wealth gap faced by Black women in business today.

“This is a much-needed event to support the Black women in our communities starting in California with the large tech companies,” says Myeshia Jefferson, founder of Beauty Makes Cents LLC, a company dedicated to increasing entrepreneurial education through events, training, hands-on support, and empowerment.

Jefferson continues, “CEO’s Making Waves will help attendees tap into resources they may not know are available. Many black-owned businesses don’t need a handout, we need a hand up. As a Black entrepreneur, I understand firsthand the struggle of navigating the business world, and the challenges that Black women in business face to get access to the right people and positions that can open doors. Sometimes, we need more hands-on support to guide us to the next level. Many of the large organizations have the means and the resources to help.”

Aiming to connect start-ups and small business owners to companies with resources and mentors available for Black entrepreneurs, the event will act as a foundation for future growth and opportunities. Featuring an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, discussion panels, fireside chats, mentorship sessions, and workshops, CEO’s Making Waves will touch on a wide range of topics, such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, the future of e-commerce, the entertainment industry, sports, wellness, women empowerment, and recruiting.

“This year will have virtual celebrity appearances from Akon, Niecy Nash, Tamar Braxton, and more; but next year we will host the event in-person where we can include interactive activities such as dancing, live music, and a yacht experience! We see this as a great opportunity for black women entrepreneurs to connect, network, and grow,” says Jefferson.

CEO’s Making Waves 2021 participants will also have the chance to win mentorships from top industry leaders through an exclusive guest contest. Organizations can make this an opportunity to build trust and loyalty, while more Black women gain access and support.

Registration is open to all. Remaining space is filling up quickly, so get your tickets soon! Visit CEO’s Making Waves to secure your tickets and learn more.

About CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women In Business

CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women in Business was created in effort to get corporations to walk the talk of addressing the need for systemic change in leadership, gender equality, and race equality by supporting women-owned businesses and professionals. We aim to economically empower 1,000 Black women in California by 2022 with an end goal of closing the racial wealth gap with the help of our future partners.

Contacts

Myeshia Jefferson

[email protected]

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BEYOND DIVERSITY: 12 Non Obvious Ways to Build a More Inclusive World By Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown

Can one book help to build a more fair and inclusive world? This one can.

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In Beyond Diversity: 12 Non Obvious Ways to Build a More Inclusive World, best-selling authors Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown team up to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges: dismantling racism, oppression and exclusion and building acceptance and understanding across differences. They achieve this through storytelling and a focus on intersectional perspectives and voices. 

A book about how to build a more inclusive world. Coming November 9, 2021. Visit www.nonobviousdiversity.com/media for more information and resources.
A book about how to build a more inclusive world. Coming November 9, 2021. Visit www.nonobviousdiversity.com/media for more information and resources.

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Beyond Diversity, available November 9, 2021, is inspired by the inaugural Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity Summit in January 2021. More than 200 DEI champions from around the globe came together at the virtual summit to share their stories, including casting directors, bookstore owners, disability community leaders, healthcare professionals, students, VCs, standup comedians, chief diversity officers, pro gamers, archaeologists, government insiders, startup founders, and even a master puppeteer. Over 75 percent of them identified as belonging to an underrepresented group and more than two-thirds identified as a gender other than male. The range of expertise and topics represented was equally diverse.  

Their stories are sure to create moments of awareness and awakening. With real life testimony they show how each of us, no matter our background or identity, can have an impact and drive change in the world.

Beyond Diversity takes readers on an educational journey and lifts the lid on how bias and privilege have benefitted a few at the expense of the many. The book offers an ambitious look at diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of twelve specific themes: storytelling, identity, family, culture, education, retail, workplace, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, government, and the future. Each chapter paints a revealing picture of our world, the potential for change and what actions will help us get there.

The book is a call to action and Bhargava and Brown challenge each of us to build bridges to a more authentically diverse and equitable future. This is a book about being more than a bystander. It provides a much-needed directive for stepping off the sidelines and getting involved. The only way to enact change is to inspire bystanders to take action. For former bystanders, and DEI experts alike, this book offers a blueprint for action to create a more inclusive world for everyone.

With the ongoing global focus on inclusion and equity and the fast-moving shifts across society, Beyond Diversity provides relevant and timely expertise for individuals, organizations and leaders. The book’s insights guide readers to compassionately and effectively respond to the deeply entrenched divisions, disparities and inequities that are prevalent across the world. 

Beyond Diversity is currently available for pre-sale and will become available for sale on November 9, 2021. Visit nonobviousdiversity.com/media to download the book excerpt, join the launch team and access other media resources.

Advance Praise for Beyond Diversity

“Thought-provoking, layered and fresh. Each one of us has a part to play in creating a more inclusive world. Wherever you may be in your journey, Beyond Diversity is the weapon in your DEI arsenal. For the non-believers, bystanders, and uninitiated—be inspired to make better inclusion choices. For the believers, advocates, and experts—be rejuvenated in your fight for equity.”   —MICHELLE KING, Author of The Fix and CEO of Equality Forward

“Beyond Diversity is an urgently needed, eminently practical book that every leader should read. Bhargava and Brown have taken on a tough topic with sharp minds and open hearts. In a dozen crisp and fascinating chapters, they show how to move past mere sentiment to bring genuine inclusion into action.” —DANIEL H. PINK, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human 

“Jennifer and Rohit have artfully used the power of storytelling to connect the reader with the lived experience of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities that have been systematically discriminated against and ‘othered’ for far too long. We must build a society that is more inclusive of transgender and non-binary people and honors their contributions and realities. Their book opens eyes, hearts, and minds!” —AMBER HIKES, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

About the Authors

ROHIT BHARGAVA (he/him/his) is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded by teaching others how to be non-obvious thinkers. He is the founder of the Non-Obvious Company and previously spent 15 years leading brand strategy for large global brands while at Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of six books and is a popular Adjunct Professor of storytelling, persuasion, and marketing at Georgetown University.  

JENNIFER BROWN (she/her/his) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author, and diversity and inclusion expert who is deeply passionate about building more inclusive workplaces where more of us can feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. As the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a certified woman- and LGBT-owned firm, Jennifer and her team design and execute inclusion strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She is also the bestselling author of two books, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change (2017) and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive (2019).

Retail Price: $19.95 • Published 11/09/2021 in Paperback + Ebook + Large Format Print + Audio Book • ISBN – 978-1940858968 www.nonobviousdiversity.com

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AMN Healthcare COO Kelly Rakowski Honored with National Diversity Council Inclusive Leadership Award

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kelly Rakowski, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Talent Solutions, at AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), has received the 2021 Inclusive Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council.


I’m very grateful for this honor and proud to be a team member of AMN Healthcare, where a shared vision of diversity, equality, and inclusion at all levels of the company is the foundation of our service,” Rakowski stated. “Now is a crucial time when our responses to unprecedented events can become opportunities to build a more just and inclusive industry and community.”

The Inclusive Leadership Award honors executives and innovative leaders in all industries for their passion to build effective systems by demonstrating “fairness, empathy, and integrity through inclusive leadership practices that embrace the differences of team members while boosting innovation and impacting bottom-line success.” The National Diversity Council is a non-profit organization that brings together the private, public, and non-profit sectors to advance diversity and inclusion by transforming workplaces and communities into inclusive environments.

Rakowski serves as an advocate for diversity in leadership and the healthcare talent pool. She has been recognized as an industry spokesperson for developing innovative solutions to many of the challenges that hospitals, clinics, and other providers face in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

AMN Healthcare is a leader in the commitment to and pursuit of diversity, equality, and inclusion in the healthcare industry and in the communities where we work and live. The company’s action strategy and programs have resulted in a team that is 65% women, with an executive team that includes women as CEO, Chief Legal Officer, Group President & COO of Strategic Talent Solutions, and divisional and brand presidents; a Board of Directors that is 63% women, and a team that is 33% people of color. AMN is continuously working to improve diversity, equality, and inclusion at all levels of the company and industry while seeking social justice in the community and society.

More information about DE&I at AMN can be found in the 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report and on the AMN DE&I webpage.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare is the leader and innovator in total talent solutions for healthcare organizations across the nation. The Company provides access to the most comprehensive network of quality healthcare professionals through its innovative recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities. With insights and expertise, AMN Healthcare helps providers optimize their workforce to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes. AMN total talent solutions include managed services programs, clinical and interim healthcare leaders, temporary staffing, executive search solutions, vendor management systems, recruitment process outsourcing, predictive modeling, language interpretation services, revenue cycle solutions, credentialing and other services. Clients include acute-care hospitals, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, retail and urgent care centers, home health facilities, schools and many other healthcare settings. AMN Healthcare is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse team that reflects the communities we serve. Our commitment to the inclusion of many different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives enables our innovation and leadership in the healthcare services industry. For more information about AMN Healthcare, visit www.amnhealthcare.com.

Contacts

Media Contact
Jim Gogek

Corporate Communications

AMN Healthcare

(858) 350-3209

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Investor Contact
Randle Reece

Director, Investor Relations

AMN Healthcare

(866) 861-3229

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UKG Receives Three Prestigious Awards for Inclusive Culture Valuing All People, Generations, Teams

LOWELL, Mass. & WESTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BestWorkplaces–UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of human capital management (HCM), payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, today announced it earned three separate awards for its diverse, inclusive culture built to serve and care for all individuals. Recent accolades include ranking #6 on the IDG Insider Pro and Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT list, receiving a perfect score of 100% on Disability:IN’s Disability Equality Index, and earning a spot on the Best Workplaces for Millennials list created by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

“Since the very first day we merged, we committed to building an intentional culture that would work for all people and align with our strategy for who we want to be as UKG,” said Dave Almeda, chief people officer at UKG. “We strive to care for our people and their families at every turn — no matter who they are, where they live and work, or what they do — because it’s the right thing to do, and because it makes us a better partner to our customers.”

To support its people — also known as U Krewers — at every stage of their UKG careers and lives, the company offers:

  • 100%-company-paid healthcare premiums (medical, dental, and vision), including for infertility treatments and gender reassignment surgery, with coverage for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents
  • A 45% dollar-for-dollar match on all 401(k) contributions, with no lifetime cap, up to federal limits
  • Unlimited paid time off for any reason, including vacation, sick time, volunteering, bereavement, and voting — for all full- and part-time employees, including hourly workers
  • Fully paid maternity, paternity, and adoptive leave, including financial assistance to help employees cover costs associated with the adoption process
  • Financial assistance with student-loan repayments — available upon hire, with no lifetime limit

Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT

The Best Places to Work in IT list ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire and employee survey regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training, and retention. IDG also conducts extensive surveys of IT workers and their responses factor heavily in determining the list. On top of its #6 overall ranking, UKG also ranked #4 for Benefits and #6 for Diversity.

Disability:IN Disability Equality Index

Considered the most comprehensive disability-inclusion assessment tool in the United States, the Disability Equality Index grades companies on the merits of their policies, programs, and practices for hiring, including, and serving people with disabilities across the business. UKG has implemented several new accessibility measures, from workplace improvements to product enhancements across its solutions, to better serve all employees, customers, partners, and visitors every day.

In May, UKG announced the hiring of Brian Reaves, who joined the organization as its chief belonging, diversity, and equity officer. Reaves leads the company’s global belonging, diversity, and equity efforts, expanding existing initiatives at UKG while working to strengthen a culture built on trust, fairness, and equality, so all people can thrive in their careers.

“We are proud to be recognized as a company leading the way in accessibility practices, but we know our work is never complete in this vital area,” said Reaves. “UKG will continue to reevaluate and enhance our programs and practices as necessary, to ensure we are serving all individuals, of every ability.”

Best Workplaces for Millennials

The Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials list recognizes companies with high-trust cultures offering fulfilling and meaningful work, abundant opportunities for career development, extraordinary benefits, and positive experiences. List results are based primarily on survey feedback from employees across industries.

The ranking follows UKG earning the #6 spot on Fortune magazine’s and Great Place to Work’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2021 list in April. The historic ranking marks the first time a company has appeared on the prestigious 100 Best list in its first year as a merged entity.

“I want to congratulate all U Krewers on these remarkable achievements. Thank you, thank you, thank you for always helping one another and putting others’ needs first in all you do,” said Aron Ain, chairman and CEO at UKG. “We’ve only just started out on our journey to becoming the company UKG is destined to be, and taking care of our people and empowering them to be their best is the magic behind building better products and delivering better services for UKG customers all over the world.”

About UKG

At UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), our purpose is people. Built from a merger that created one of the largest cloud companies in the world, UKG believes organizations succeed when they focus on their people. As a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, UKG delivers award-winning Pro, Dimensions, and Ready solutions to help tens of thousands of organizations across geographies and in every industry drive better business outcomes, improve HR effectiveness, streamline the payroll process, and help make work a better, more connected experience for everyone. UKG has 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for an inclusive workplace culture. The company has earned numerous awards for culture, products, and services, including consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. To learn more, visit ukg.com.

Copyright 2021 UKG Inc. All rights reserved. For a full list of UKG trademarks, please visit ukg.com/trademarks. All other trademarks, if any, are property of their respective owners. All specifications are subject to change.

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Contacts

UKG Contact:
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+1 954 331 7444

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For Sales Information:
UKG

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One Billion People with Disabilities are Key to the Global Economic Recovery in Historically Tight Labor Market: 2021 Disability Equality Index®

Demand for an Inclusive Culture, Improved Benefits, and Flexible Work Will Drive Talent to the 272 Companies Named as a ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion’

ALEXANDRIA, Va. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AreYouInDisability:IN, the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business, in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), today released the 2021 Disability Equality Index® (DEI). A record 272 companies were named as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion,” showing strong gains in enhanced benefits, along with flexible workplace accommodations, but leaving room for improvement in leadership and accessibility, all of which are critical for attracting talent in a tight labor market and engaging the one billion people with disabilities worldwide.

The 2021 Annual DEI findings show that one year after the COVID-19 pandemic, companies that execute on disability inclusion priorities are better positioned for growth and long-term sustainability as the global economy recovers and as more institutional investors are tying ESG efforts to disability. Download the DEI here.

“Companies that champion disability inclusion significantly outperform their peers across key financial indices including revenue, net income, profit margins and shareholder returns. AAPD is proud to collaborate with the business community to prioritize industry-wide disability inclusion practices,” said Ted Kennedy, Jr., Board Chair of AAPD and Co-Chair of the DEI.

A total of 319 companies participated in the 2021 DEI, the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for measuring disability inclusion. The DEI saw 29% year-over-year growth, up from 247 participants. Some highlights:

  • Leadership: Only 10% of businesses have a senior executive who identifies as a person with a disability.
  • Culture: Although disclosure is tied to job satisfaction and engagement, only 5% of employees on average disclose their disability.
  • Benefits: 91% of companies are providing a wellness benefit that extends beyond Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or mental health benefits.

“To make progress in disability inclusion, companies must treat it as a business priority with goals, plans, measurement and accountability. The Disability Equality Index is critical to measuring progress, and in connecting business leaders to best practices and each other as we strive to advance disability inclusion and equality. It has never been more urgent for business to lead change on disability inclusion—and we can only succeed in making progress if we work together,” said Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture.

This year’s DEI was modernized to ask companies new questions that account for the evolving workplace following COVID-19, such as their investments in innovative technology to advance digital accessibility, the availability of mental health and wellness benefits, paid caregiver leave, supplemental long-term disability insurance, accessible remote and in-person conferencing technologies, and flexible work options for people with disabilities.

“While we experienced fantastic growth in participation, 80 percent of Fortune 1000s have yet to utilize the DEI to identify the tangible actions they can take to advance disability inclusion across their enterprises. Companies that benchmark disability inclusion can learn to provide the caliber of leadership, culture, benefits, and accommodations that’s needed to both attract new talent and empower workers with disabilities to thrive,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO, Disability:IN.

To register for the 2022 Disability Equality Index and learn more, visit DisabilityEqualityIndex.org. To see the complete list of top-scoring companies, visit the ‘DEI Best Place to Work’ page.

About the Disability Equality Index®

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 50+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.

About Disability:IN®

Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 280 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking; best-in-class conferences and programs; and expert counsel and engagement, Disability:IN works with leading businesses to create long-term business and societal impact. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN

Contacts

Paul Siebold, Archie Group
[email protected]
Phone: 917-626-3014