Initiative Category: Inclusion & Diversity

Supreme Court Highlights: Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson

The 53-47 vote elevated the first Black woman to the pinnacle of the judicial branch as senators erupted in cheers. Three Republicans joined Democrats in supporting President Biden’s nominee.

Mind the Gap – Alternative Data, RMBS to Help Address Wealth Inequality

New in @SCI_Newsfeed, our Head of Research Elen Callahan discusses how securitization can be a useful tool in addressing the growing wealth inequality gap.

A Two-Year, 50-Million-Person Experiment in Changing How We Work

Kristen Egziabher was all jitters just before the pandemic, awaiting news of a possible raise, until her manager came back dejected from his meeting with the higher-ups. “I was presenting the case for you,” he told her. “And people were like, ‘We don’t really know Kristen. We only know her work.’”

Harnessing the Power of Age Diversity

Conflict between generations is an age-old phenomenon. But at the end of 2019, when the retort “OK, Boomer” went viral, the vitriol — from both young people who said it and older people who opposed it — was pointed and widespread.

Black History Month 2022 Survey

We hope SFA's Black History Month features and resources sparked conversations and provided you with new information

Why Paying Black Women More Benefits Everyone

Americans face a lot of tough economic challenges today. The student debt crisis. Unaffordable housing. Wage gaps. These issues (and more) make it harder for folks to live their best lives. And Black women bear the heaviest burdens, which is why lightening their loads can help lift the whole economy.

Preparing for the disrupted generation workforce

Every generation has its crises, but the class of students receiving their caps and gowns this past year have dealt with more than many others.

How the ‘Zoom ceiling’ might hurt your chance of promotion

When given the choice, the majority of workers would prefer to work remotely. And flexibility is one of the most important benefits when candidates consider a new job. But working from home can have a hidden downside, says Elora Voyles, industrial organizational psychologist and people scientist at TINYpulse, an employee engagement platform.

CV ageism: Can you be the ‘wrong’ age for a job?

Applying for jobs is generally miserable, even at the best of times. But what if you knew that simply revealing your age on your CV would send your application straight into the ‘no’ pile? That’s the reality for many people. Age discrimination means that over-50s are more than twice as likely as other workers to be unemployed for two years or longer if they lose their current job. One study showed that a 50-year-old worker was up to three times less likely to get an interview than a 28-year-old applicant. “When you’re in your 40s and 50, mentioning your age is like dropping an F-bomb,” says 55-year-old CJ* who lost his corporate marketing job 20 months ago and is still looking for another.

Big U.S. Companies Step Up Hiring of Female, Black CFOs

America’s biggest businesses employed more female and Black finance chiefs in 2021 than ever before—albeit coming from a relatively low base—as company leaders and boards are under pressure to broaden their C-suite, a trend recruiters expect will accelerate in 2022. The number of companies in the S&P 500 and Fortune 500 with Black chief financial officers nearly doubled over the past year, to 20 in 2021 from 12 in 2020, based on new data from executive search firm Crist Kolder Associates. That’s 2.9% of 678 sitting CFOs, up from 1.8% in 2020. The percentage of female CFOs at those businesses also reached an all-time high at 15.1% in 2021, up from 12.6% in 2020, the data show.