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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Mar 15 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about the Special Olympics, Adidas latest advert, a robot used for interviews and how humour might harm women in a professional environment. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

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Using humour during presentations is often recommended as an icebreaker. According to a new study, this usually benefits men – but can be harmful for women, who might be seen as less capable leaders or lower in rank. Worth reading!

Unconscious Bias

Would you like to sit across a robot in your next job interview? The Swedish company Furhat Robotics spent the past years developing a robot that can mimic human facial expressions and assists with interviewing candidates. The aim is to reduce unconscious biases that often occur during a screening process.


Inspiring! The Special Olympics have started in Abu Dhabi and over 7500 athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities will be competing over the next days. Meet three of them – Conor with Down Syndrome and Brittany and Ryan with Autism.


In the US, only 4% of the sport media coverage are dedicated to women. Adidas just launched a new advert as part of the "She Breaks Barriers" campaign, aimed to increase women's visibility in sports. Not as good as the recent Nike advert, but still worth watching!


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