Dr. Mac Powell’s Tips on Managing Diversity for a Globally Inclusive Workplace

Dr. Mac Powell’s Tips on Managing Diversity for a Globally Inclusive Workplace

Globally speaking, becoming an inclusive workplace requires knowledge and tolerance of different cultures and lifestyles. Below are Dr. Mac Powell's three tips for managing diversity for a global workforce:


Managing diversity for a globally inclusive workplace is an ongoing process—and diversity includes more than race. Other diversity considerations are age, gender, disabilities, orientation, and culture. Globally speaking, becoming an inclusive workplace requires knowledge and tolerance of different cultures and lifestyles. Managers should begin by evaluating their current staff conditions, creating policies that promote harmony among workers, and seek expert insight to better manage diversity toward a globally inclusive workplace.

Below are Dr. Mac Powell's three tips for managing diversity for a global workforce:

Step 1

Manage diversity efforts from within your corporate culture. Look at the diversity of your current staff and evaluate where you want to be as an organization. Consider how well your workplace reflects the global world – and how potential employees and customers see your company. Attempt to intertwine the cultural backgrounds of your team with workplace entertainment. Give employees opportunities to share their cultures, families, and values – such as potlucks, picnics, and bring your kids to work days, as well as hosting speakers, movies, and musicians that can expand the cultural awareness of your team. Sometimes, the simple act of sharing their favorite dish can spark a conversation.

Step 2

Create policies at the office using the human resources department to help promote equity and diversity. As the company grows with a global workforce, respecting and managing time-off requests for special religious or cultural observances is critical. Managers must become more aware of employees' background without invading their privacy. The best way is to establish a welcome aboard questionnaire that allows the employees to share important values they hold and to respect the range of privacy expectations employees have. Be curious and open, but avoid invasiveness and be aware that you may accidentally cross boundaries that aren't explicitly stated. Like all relationship building, trust comes with respect and active communication.

Step 3

Get the workplace involved in the diversity inclusion effort. Managers should be trained from respected experts in the field, like Michàlle Mor Barak, Ph.D. Her website includes a variety of resources to help companies manage diversity toward a globally inclusive workplace. Each worker should be required to learn about diversity and about how to treat people respectfully. In some cultures, a handshake may be seen as inappropriate, so it is vital that everyone understands what to do as an alternative (i.e., bow).

In conclusion, you should consider using expert knowledge and taking time to learn about the world around you. Looking at the cultures that make up your staff, creating policies that reflect awareness and including the entire company are strategic tips to ensure that your business embraces a global work environment. Continue to gain more expert insight through online research as well as reaching out to your local community.

About Dr. Mac Powell:

Dr. Mac Powell is an executive in the world of higher education and is passionate about developing strategies for the growth and development of the community. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri and has taken his skill in helping people to roles of leadership which have helped countless numbers of people. He is the Chair of the ACE Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation and Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology. When Dr. Powell isn't pouring his heart into his work, he enjoys spending time with his partner, Tuan and their dog, Maximillian or playing a little golf as a Master Professional in the PGA.

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Bethel Church's Gay Conversion Program Is A Huge Problem And We're Not Talking Enough About It

Religion doesn't give us a right to purposefully abuse a community.


About a year ago, in May of 2018, Bethel Church in Redding, California came out publicly against a set of proposed laws which would make it illegal for a licensed mental health professional to perform 'conversion therapy' in order to change the sexual orientation or same-sex attractions of a person. The head pastor of the church asked for members of Bethel Church to act against the three bills (California AB 1779, AB 2943 and AB 2119), urging them to contact their congressmen and ask for them to prevent the laws from passing, all in order for them to continue their harmful ex-gay ministry.

Today, Bethel Church is under scrutiny for the role out of their ex-gay conversion initiative, CHANGED. The website of the initiative movement claims that any change is possible through Jesus, and encourages those who identify as LGBTQ+ to abandon the "pain, rejection, and despair," of being LGBTQ+. (CHANGED website). This movement is not the first, but just the next in a long line of organizations claiming to provide change for those who identify as LGBTQ+, despite this being an impossibility. Ex-gay programs, in actuality, only serve to push those who go through them farther away from the love of God.

Conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ people has been proven not only to be completely ineffective but has also been found to cause intense mental issues and in many cases, a strong correlation to suicide. Those who have gone through ex-gay therapy programs such as Exodus International or Focus on the Family's Love Won Out have admitted that even after successfully completing the program they had not experienced a change in their same-sex attraction. The founder of Exodus International even claimed that by his estimation, 99.9% of those who had gone through his organization's therapy had not experienced any change in their orientation. Exodus International was considered intensely controversial, and their methods considered by most, if not all, mental health professionals to be incredibly damaging. Those who come out of conversion therapy experience intense feelings of depression and often experience a lack of self-worth.

As a Christian, I grieve every single time someone claiming to believe what I do comes out and condemns the LGBT community. It hurts to see one community I am a member of being hateful towards another community I am just as proud to be a part of. This news stung a little harder because I for a long time have loved Bethel Church's worship band. Their songs have spoken to me in ways I cannot fully describe, helping to bring me closer to the God I believe in. A God who I can say for certain would never advocate for something as damaging and destructive as conversion therapy. The same Jesus who Bethel's songs worship is the same Jesus who calls us to love everyone. Bethel Church is not following this call, and it is important that we speak out against conversion therapy, and not allow our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to carry out such a harmful program.

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Ahavel Aborishade, Entrepreneurial Expert, Gives Insight into How Female Leaders Can Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries

Following these entrepreneurial tips can help you become a female leader.


Business can be an intense, cut-throat, almost brutal environment where only the fittest survive. You need to be sharp, have speed of thought, and practice a relentless determination to become a leader. For women, it can be even more of a challenge - particularly in male-dominated industries. Luckily, however, here are some tips shared by Ahavel Aborishade, business leader, that you can follow to thrive in just such an environment:

1. Be the most knowledgeable in your field

Don't give anyone an excuse to doubt your credentials. Be the most learned and knowledgeable person on your subject matter. This will take some time and effort, but in the end, it will be well worth it. By proving your expertise, other people in your industry will soon begin to look up to you and respect your point of view.

2. Build support around you

The path to success is rarely traveled alone. In order to thrive in the world of business, you will need to build a trusted network of friends and colleagues to support you. However, you should not limit yourself to an all-female support system. Instead, you should try to make a point of communicating regularly with trusted males so that you may better understand their ideas and viewpoints.

3. Don't dwell on sexist attitudes

Business studies have shown that startups run by men find it easier to raise funds than enterprises managed by women. When you read statistics such as this, it can be quite easy to become discouraged. However, what you must instead do is try and see it as a challenge that you can overcome - an obstacle that you can, and will, find a way across.

4. Don't shy away from tough questions

In order to thrive as a female business leader, you should never shy away from tough questions. In fact, you ought to welcome them. When you answer a difficult question with confidence and poise, it just highlights your skills and gives you more credence to your abilities as a leader. Remember that you may face tougher questions than a male colleague. By being prepared, you are only improving your own skills and reputation.

In Closing

Being a female leader in a male-dominated business climate is never easy. However, by taking the tips and advice in this article to heart, you will soon begin to see your stature grow.

About: Ahavel Aborishade is a business leader, tech aficionado and an emerging entrepreneur in the technologic world. Focusing on building a better future for those around her, Ahavel uses her passion for technology and community to create nuanced applications that enliven daily experiences.

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