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Walt Disney Animation Studios Taps Brandy Fisher-Blood To Lead Diversity & Inclusion Strategies

Dreams really do come true! According to the Economic Times , Brandy Fisher-Blood will now lead the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategies and will be responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion efforts across Walt Disney Animation Studios. She will also serve as the primary strategic consultant to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ business leaders and creative leaders which includes directors, producers, and production leadership along with its Human Resources partners. Fisher-Blood will bring insight on the best inclusion methods that will help to broaden Walt Disney’s inclusion commitment both internally and externally. “I was 8 [years] old when the first BIPOC Disney Princess hit the big screen and no words can express how it felt to [finally] see an animated Disney character resemble me on TV, in stores, on lunchboxes at school, on t-shirts at the playground, and much more,” said Fisher-Blood in an interview with the Economic Times. Fisher-Blood will be responsible for...

Jun 16, 2021

Is Google's Tech Exchange Program Living Up To The Dream? HBCU Students Don't Think So

Google’s Tech Exchange program made many promises to invest in more Black engineers, but has the big tech company been delivering on them? Not quite, and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students and faculty who have been a part of the program have stepped forward to express their disappointment. In the summer of 2017, Google teamed up with Howard University (HU) to launch Howard West, the first ideation of what the Google Tech Exchange program is today. Howard West started as an exchange program that allowed accepted HBCU computer science students to study at Google’s Mountain View campus for a semester. While Google promised to bring 700 HBCU students to its West Coast campus to participate in the Tech exchange program in the first five years, CNBC reported that the company is far behind that mark since less than 200 Black students have been welcomed to participate. While Google has been failing to reach the goals it set with this program, it seems like...

May 14, 2021

Bank of America Delivers $22M in Grants to Nonprofits Supporting Communities of Color

Bank of America is standing on its commitment to uplift and support the Black community. According to a press release, the financial institution has announced its move of $22 million in philanthropic funding that will support education, entrepreneurship, health and housing, and jobs for people and communities of color. This initiative continues to deliver on its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance economic opportunity and racial equality. The grants will build on its $250 million in philanthropic funding the company allocates annually to nonprofit partners that will address critical needs in the communities that they serve. “Workforce development, job creation, and access to health and housing services are some of the most pressing needs facing Black, Hispanic-Latino and Native American individuals,” said Ebony Thomas, Bank of America’s Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Executive in a news release. “By providing this support alongside our national and local partners,...

Mar 2, 2021

Deluxe Commits $500K in New Partnership with National Urban League to Foster Diversity & Inclusion

Deluxe and The Deluxe Corporation Foundation looks to create more inclusion and diversity in a new partnership with the National Urban League. According to Businesswire, initiatives will be driven by the company’s more than 6,000 employee-owners with a plan to deliver on its promise to invest talent, time, and money to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the communities it serves. “In the spring and summer of 2020, our hometown of Minneapolis became the national epicenter of racial injustice that is far too prevalent across the country,” said President and CEO of Deluxe, Barry McCarthy. “Beyond emoting about the need for change, we announced significant commitments to non-profits supporting racial justice and equality. The National Urban League and Deluxe share a common commitment to community success, economic empowerment, equality, and social justice, making us natural partners.” With headquarters in New York City and 90 affiliates serving 300 communities in 37 states...

Feb 22, 2021

Ulta Beauty Taps Tracee Ellis Ross As New Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Ulta Beauty has reiterated its commitment to investing in Black-owned beauty brands. Not only has the beauty retail giant announced Tracee Ellis Ross as its new Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, but it will also invest $25 million into providing more access to the industry for BIPOC brands along with more shelf space for Black-owned brands. In her new role, Ross will provide insight and counsel while driving accountability to Ulta Beauty with a primary focus on diverse leadership development, BIPOC brand development, and supplier diversity. “I look forward to formalizing an already existing dialogue and partnership around diversity and inclusion with Mary Dillon and the Ulta Beauty team,” said the “Black-ish” star in a press statement. “This work requires commitment and accountability from Ulta Beauty to ensure measurable goals are achieved. I am hopeful and optimistic our work together will create foundational change.” Inclusive branding within marketing campaigns is another...

Feb 3, 2021

[WATCH] Netflix Shares Its First-Ever Inclusion Report in New Short Film

Don’t talk about it, be about it! In the first-ever report of its kind, Netflix addresses inclusion within the company which they say in turn allows for a more inclusive platform for audiences. “Our work is internal first, it shows up in what we do externally,” said Vernā Myers, Netflix’s Vice President of Inclusion Strategy, in a short film that the company has released to showcase their findings. “If we’re creating the kinds of environments and policies and practices that not only invite people in but when they get in, they feel that there’s a level of investment in them, then we are going to see a real shift in our company and in the industries that surround us.” Inclusion was added as a cultural value for the company in 2017 and Netflix reveals they “weren’t as great as we thought we were or aspired to be.” In the short film, titled, “Sowing Seeds: Inclusion Takes Root At Netflix,” the company shares their latest strategies on diversity and inclusion not just in the consumer...

Jan 13, 2021

SiriusXM Appoints Nicole Hughey As New VP of Diversity & Inclusion

More Black women are stepping into leadership roles within the media and entertainment industries, and this week SiriusXM and Pandora Music has named Nicole Hughey as its new vice president of diversity & inclusion, Variety reports . We’re thrilled to welcome Nicole Hughey, our new Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, to the @SIRIUSXM + @pandoramusic family! We couldn’t be more excited to have her on board. Welcome, Nicole! #sxmpandoralife — SiriusXMLife (@siriusxmlife) July 16, 2020 Hughey’s new position is based out of New York, and she’s expected to report to Dara Altman, the company’s chief administrative officer. According to the company’s memo, Hughey will have a hand in creating and executing programs as well as evaluating the company’s policies and practices to “enable us to cultivate an organization with individuals of diverse backgrounds at all levels, and where all of our people are included and have the opportunity to grow and succeed.”...

Jul 17, 2020