Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-up: Mar 9, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. This is a special Edition for “International Women’s Day”, a holiday that was celebrated globally on the 8th of March.

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Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Ericsson kicked off the celebrations on Wednesday with the a really interesting IEEE Women in Engineering panel discussion. You can watch the recorded session here.

Happy Friday!

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According to a report from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, it is very smart to invest in companies with more women in leadership roles. Looking at historic data from the past seven years, companies with a minimum of 25% female executives generated higher returns on equity and experienced less share price and earning volatility.

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Sending the right message on IWD can be tricky. McDonalds decided to flip their logo from an M to a W “in celebration of women everywhere” – and people immediately commented on social media that McDonalds should rather pay their employees living wages. Read more here.

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Barbie (Mattel) is celebrating IWD with the release of 17 new Shero dolls, representing inspiring women from the past and the present. Three of them, aviator Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo, and mathematician Katherine Johnson, will be available for sale.

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Nike just released their new spot celebrating IWD. Serena Williams, the famous tennis player, is talking about her career and how she was never seen as womanly enough – but she is proving that “there’s no wrong way to be a woman”.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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