Between 2014 and 2016 Google spent $265 million dollars to diversify their workforce, but their percentage of black employees remains at 2%. In this episode of Disobedient Femmes Suzanne LaGrande talks to award- winning journalist, professor at New York University, and author of the recently published book, Diversity Inc, The Failed Promise of a Billion Dollar Business.Some of the topics discussed in the interview include:How the call for greater diversity and inclusion in public and private workplaces became a billion dollar business. Why these programs have overwhelming failed to make necessary changes in workplace diversityActual solutions that would create real inclusion and true diversity.
How can we make diversity more than just a buzzword? Pamela Newkirk, award-winning author of 'Diversity, Inc.' and time-honored journalist with The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times shines a bright light on the diversity industry, asking the tough questions about what has been effective–and why progress has been so slow. Along with moderator Charles Trevail, host of the 'Outside In' podcast, Pamela discusses the vast gap between the rhetoric of inclusivity and real achievements, opportunities to deliver on the promise of true equality, and how we can all contribute to combatting enduring racial attitudes.
Pamela Newkirk (@ptnewkirk) chats with Ink Slingers via Skype about her books, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (2015) and Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business (2019). Books by Pamela Newkirk: Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media (2000) A Love No Less: Two Centuries of African American Love Letters (2003) Letters from Black America (2009) Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (2015) Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business (2019)Want to connect with Ink Slingers? Tweet us @inkslingers2 or catch us on Instagram @inkslingerspodcast. Music:Dub Feral by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3683-dub-feralLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Pamela Newkirk: Confronting the Reality of Racism in Corporate America
Outside In with Charles Trevail
America was founded on principles of justice and equality. Yet, it has never lived up to these ideals in regards to how citizens of color are treated. The same can be said for many U.S. businesses, which, despite investing billions in ‘diversity and inclusion’ training programs, have also failed to truly diversify their workforces and leadership teams. Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist, an NYU professor of journalism, and author of the critically-acclaimed book Diversity, Inc., which examines the efforts over the last 50 years to diversify the American workforce. She joins the podcast to talk about corporate America’s diversity problem, and why she believes we’re living in a “moment of reckoning” where we might be finally ready to confront the reality of racism and start fostering genuinely diverse workplaces. Listen to this podcast to learn:• A brief history of systemic racism in America, and why the nation is becoming “post-White,” which makes race more of an issue than ever• Why the everyday decisions made in our racially homogeneous worlds perpetuate the system of racism and injustice and denies opportunity to non-white people • Reasons why the most progressive industries like entertainment, academia, and fashion are the least diverse• How, after a 2000 landmark class-action discrimination lawsuit against Coca Cola, the company embarked on one of the most successful diversity transformations ever seen in corporate America• The delusion of the colorblind or post-race mindset that many progressives fell into after the election of Barack Obama• The reasons why diversity programs and mandatory anti-bias training in companies often do more harm than good• Why progress comes not from having more strategies for change, but rather the will to change
Pamela Newkirk On The Failed Promise Of Corporate "Diversity"
(This program was originally broadcast live on December 10, 2019)The business of diversity is booming. Corporations and cultural institutions spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on diversity training, yet despite the ubiquity and expense of these efforts, overall racial, gender and ethnic diversity remains an aspiration rather than a reality. Today on Midday: what's been tried, what has succeeded and what's flopped in efforts to achieve more inclusion in American life.Dr. Pamela Newkirk is a professor of journalism at New York University and author of "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business." Dr. Newkirk joins Tom on the line from Argot Studios in New York City.(This program was previously recorded, so we can't take your comments or questions.)
How the Diversity Industry Is Failing - Pamela Newkirk
The Laura Flanders Show
The following episode was recorded February 2020.In an era when companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity and inclusion programs, the proportion of African Americans in tech, media, and business leadership roles is stagnating. In her new book, Diversity, Inc. The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, award-winning journalist and New York University professor Pamela Newkirk describes the gap between the rhetoric and the reality where racial equity and inclusion are concerned. She calls us to go beyond lip service and radically reevaluate how we make organizations more diverse. “Self-Love” by Joe Armon-Jones Featuring Obongjayar from his album, A Turn to Clear View, courtesy of Brownswood. Guest: Pamela Newkirk, Professor of journalism at New York University and author of Diversity, Inc.To watch this episode and find more information, goto: https://Patreon.com/theLFShow and please support!
Zach has the honor of sitting down to chat with award-winning journalist and author Pamela Newkirk to discuss the historical failure of diversity and inclusion. They talk a bit about her 2019 work "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business," and Pamela explains how and why transparent metrics across the board are the first step to actively addressing any diversity problem. She also implores institutions that truly want to embrace diversity to just stop doing what they've been doing and lean into the successful models that can be readily replicated that already exist out there. Check the links in the show notes to find out more about Pamela's work!Connect with Pamela on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Interested in Pamela's books? Click here to read more about them on Amazon.Find out how the CDC suggests you wash your hands by clicking here or below.Help food banks respond to COVID-19. Learn more at FeedingAmerica.org.Check out our website.
Episode 28: Diversity Inc. A Conversation with Pamela Newkirk
Top Rank Podcast
“Diversity”—in particular, the lack of it—has become a buzzword in the past two decades, especially within the realms of education, entertainment, and corporate America. Companies and institutions alike are spending millions of dollars on programs to make their ranks more inclusive and reflective of ever-shifting demographics. Yet, as journalist and professor Pamela Newkirk (@ptnewkirk) argues, diversity remains “conspicuously lacking” in these contexts, both despite of and, in some ways, because of the efforts to confront it. On this episode, we speak with Professor Newkirk about her new book “Diversity, Inc: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business,” and the paradoxes, pitfalls and potential of business-driven approaches to rectifying social inequality.Check out Pamela Newkirk's book here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/pamela-newkirk/diversity-inc/9781568588230/Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ptnewkirk
On this special episode of Gathering Ground, listen in on our first live-recorded episode: a conversation with Diversity, Inc. author Pamela Newkirk at Women and Children First Bookstore. Pamela and Mary discuss Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business and the need to explore nuance and data in the conversation of how we have and can continue to move forward in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).Diversity, Inc. addresses the progress of DEI in academia, corporate America, and Hollywood and puts the three worlds up against each other to examine how they all contribute to issues of systemic racism in the United States. Check out this special episode of “Gathering Ground” to hear Mary and Pamela's conversation about drilling down on the numbers and why doing this work is vital to our forward movement.Following their chat, Pamela and Mary answer questions from their live audience . Don't miss this great interview!Read the full Episode 10 Transcript