The Politics Of Politeness In DEI
In this episode:
This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with John Graham, VP, Employer Brand, Diversity & Culture at Shaker Recruitment Marketing. We dive into the topic of politeness and diversity, equity and inclusion, and how it impacts DEI practitioners.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- What diversity theatre is and why it’s stopping us from seeing more opportunities for untapped talent
- The two definitions of politeness in DEI
- The hidden language of corporate America
- The one piece of advice John has for DEI & Talent leaders to move the needle today
- How to improve the lived experiences of marginalized employee populations through approaches that disrupt the status quo
- Where to start when you’re trying to build an inclusive employer brand
John is the VP, Employer Brand, Diversity & Culture at Shaker Recruitment Marketing John is a double alumnus of the oldest degree-granting HBCU, Lincoln University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in African Studies and his Master’s in Education. He prides himself on helping global companies uncover who they are at their core. His work centers on improving the lived experiences of marginalized employee populations through approaches that disrupt the status quo and create equitable and inclusive environments. Through award-winning employer brand and employee value proposition development, he’s found fulfillment in discovering innovative ways to bring the humanity of employee stories to life.
Representation does not equate to equality or inclusion. It's simply just putting more bodies into burning buildings with the expectation that that will somehow put out a fire. Let's address the fire and make it safe for people to enter the building.