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White Men Feel Excluded From D&I — Is That A Problem?

Ironic as it may sound, a new study has found that white men are feeling left out when it comes to diversity and inclusion.


While you could chalk this up to white fragility/fragile masculinity and leave it at that, it would be counterproductive. As the study points out, white men hold 40% of leadership positions at companies; without their support, D&I initiatives are less likely to succeed and the burden for change is placed unfairly on women and people of color.

To that end, the White Men's Leadership Study set out to analyze and improve the effectiveness of white men as they integrate D&I initiatives into their leadership work. The study was spearheaded by White Men Full Diversity Partners, which explains, "When companies engage white males alongside their peers from different backgrounds, marginalized groups are freed from the exhausting work of coaching white men to understand their world. Most white men want to help. They just don't know how."

As Diversity & Inclusion Consultant Lily Zheng states in her recent Harvard Business Review article reviewing the study, "The single biggest challenge to engaging in D&I efforts — as noted by almost 70% of white men surveyed — is knowing whether they are 'wanted.'"

Study participants' responded to the question, "When white men in your company find it difficult to lead through diversity, their difficulty is due to..."

WMLS Executive Summary


Read a summary of the findings here and tell us what you think in the comments:

  • How can white men be allies to D&I efforts?
  • And who should be responsible–if anyone–for convincing them that it's a dialogue they need to participate in?
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With the outbreak of COVID-19, scores of people are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. Trying to stay productive while at home with so many distractions can be overwhelming, so we asked women tech leaders what they were doing to work from home successfully. Along with getting a great pair of noise canceling headphones (game changer!), they have 10 excellent tips to help you thrive in a work-from-home environment.

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When Stephanie Johnson, currently an Information Security Manager at Freddie Mac, was just starting her career as an IT professional, she found herself sitting in her car one night after work asking herself, "Why am I not being heard? Should I adjust my tone? Posture? What I'm saying?"

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9 Positive Things to Come Out of the Coronavirus: COVID-19’s Silver Linings

For when you can't read one more bad-news story.

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