D&I Weekly News Round Up: Special Edition Best of 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are sharing with you the Best of 2019, with some of our favourite articles and videos. Happy Holidays everyone!

Caroline Berns
Dec 27, 2019
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA


Research shows that inclusive companies are more successful. But what can we do in our day-to-day work? Interesting HBR article giving some ideas on how to make meetings more inclusive.


21-year-old Fatima Timbo, who has dwarfism, did a body positivity video for the BBC, talking about the challenges being confident in herself and how she wants to inspire others. Definitely worth watching!

Women in STEM

Very interesting (long) read about the history of women in STEM. Almost 180 years ago, the first person to write a machine algorithm was Lady Ada Lovelace, a woman. In the ‘60s, computer programming was seen as a women’s job. So what happened that we are now battling to get women into coding?


Kurzgesagt, a German YouTube channel and design studio, released this really interesting video about loneliness, how important this feeling was for our ancestors and what the impact is nowadays. Worth watching!

Gender Bias

Very interesting! According to a study, published in the American Sociological Review, a simple switch from a 1-10 to a 1-6 rating scale in performance reviews can eliminate gender gaps. This is caused by biases, linking a perfect 10 to the stereotype of male excellence.


We should never use the excuse that we are “too old” to learn something new. Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins took up running at 100 (!) years old and is now, at 103 years, the holder of several world records. Read more here.

Racial Bias

Consumer goods company Procter & Gamble released this really powerful video “The Look”, as part of their campaign to raise awareness about racial bias. Please watch!

Inclusion & Tech

Open Bionics is a British bionic arm start-up that is backed by investors like the F1 team Williams. Watch Tilly Lockey, a 13 year old girl, getting her independence back thanks to her bionic arms.


How does it feel to age? At the MIT AgeLab, researchers are helping to design a world that is more inclusive for older people. Watch the video.

Racial Bias

Have you ever noticed anything about human-like robots? They are usually white. And according to a new study, this might be due to racial bias. Very interesting read!

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