Diversity Woman Magazine

FAL 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 39 and not just race, but also gender identity and disability," she says. "Our success at workplaces comes down to making sure that everyone can thrive and reach their full potential. at's not just good for workers. It's really good for businesses." With women making most household purchasing decisions, and the buying public becoming ever more diverse, she says, companies with employees who un- derstand those markets are the ones most positioned to succeed. As organizations examine their work- place culture, men must play a key role. "Diverse workplaces mean we want men and women, people of all ethnicities, all gender identities, abled and disabled work- ers to be able to flourish together," Tchen says. "We need men not to think that the best way to confront the current news is to avoid being in situations with women, because that's not the key to success here. e key to success is having open and sup- portive workplaces and discussions with one another about hard issues." The leadership divide One specific issue being addressed by Time's Up is the leadership gender gap. In Hollywood, for example, 96 percent of film directors are men, as are 81 per- cent of board members and 76 percent of writers. e gap is especially pro- nounced for women of color. So Time's Up has joined forces with 5050by2020 to achieve gender parity at all levels of the entertainment industry by 2020, and to push Hollywood studios and talent agen- cies to include as decision makers more women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with dis- abilities. Beyond Hollywood, women also contin- ue to face challenges rising up the ranks— in business and academia, in unions and government. Tchen says that removing at practice is focused on helping or- ganizations prevent, investigate, and ad- dress workplace harassment as well as gender inequity and discrimination in the workplace. "I come to this not as an em- ployment lawyer but as a corporate gov- ernance lawyer, because I believe we need to treat these issues as core business im- peratives," Tchen says. "Your talent in this economy is the key to your business suc- cess, as much as the latest technology or piece of equipment might be. And we're now seeing the downside risk. You have to manage this risk like any other threat to your enterprise. I think companies are really seeing that now." Tchen is especially proud that the or- ganization is addressing intersectionality between race and gender head-on through its Women of Color working group, led by women including Ava DuVernay and Lena Waithe. "ey've been connecting folks and are making sure that we pay at- tention to those intersectional issues— THE TIME IS NOW

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