Category Archives: By Deborah Levine

Articles by Deborah Levine, Editor of the American Diversity Report

Volkswagen, E week, and Engineering the Future – by Deborah Levine

Engineers from regional corporations, agencies, universities, schools, and professional associations, came together to kick off Engineers Week 2017 at The Chattanoogan conference center. E-Week is designed to help the world understand what engineering is and how it impacts us at multiple levels: from cars to bridges, electric blankets to electrical grids, or farms to supermarkets. Whether chemical, electrical, mechanical, or civil, engineers shape our lives.

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Mike Green: Co-founder of ScaleUp Partners

Mike GreenDeborah Levine, Editor of the American Diversity Report, interviews Mike Green, co-founder of ScaleUp Partners. His great passion is competitiveness and moving a 1% needle that has never been moved. All black-owned businesses today produce less than 1% of GDP and virtually no job growth. That 1% for the African-American sector has never been breached in the history of this nation. Combined with Hispanic businesses, the number is less than 4%. By mid-century that will mean 42% of the US population is producing 4% of its business productivity. That equation undermines America’s global competitiveness.

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The Politics of Political Correctness – by Deborah Levine

I sat in the audience of a university theater and listened to elected officials and professors ruminate on inclusion in the upcoming political election. It was Chicago in the 1990s and as in-your-face then as it is now. The discussion over race was loud and raucous as the candidates, Caucasian and African American, went toe to toe. As the debate turned to women, the all-male stage veered into the surreal. It turned into a shouting match as to who was more popular with the ladies. They gestured wildly about the numbers of women who called them, trying to prove that who was the more politically correct and more popular among the ladies.

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Women Scorned – by Deborah Levine

I am compelled to respond to conservative columnist Ron Hart’s recent article about women marching, The ladies doth protest too much. Hart heaps scorn upon liberals as manufacturers of pious rage and disses the recent women’s marches around the country. In his usual snarky style, not only are the women scorned, but so are the march sites.  “Cities like San Francisco, New York, Portland and Washington, D.C,. hosted most of these showy displays of victimhood, both real and imagined. In fact, with high taxes and companies fleeing, most of these towns have become protest-based economies.”

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Managing Religious Differences When Demonizing Drowns Out Listening – by Deborah Levine

Anyone listening can hear the loud, raucous controversies surrounding religion and our religious differences. The conversation is rife with words such as terrorism, hate, threatening, ungodly, illegal, and inhumane. The effect of this volcanic environment is to make our adrenalin run so high and long that we are virtually unable to hear the human beings involved. As hyperbole and exaggeration are added, we are witnessing a vicious cycle of protests and counter-protests, threats and counter-threats. Can this cycle be broken, or at least interrupted long enough for us to stop yelling, listen effectively, and initiate some major problem solving?

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2017 Goals: Chattanooga – by Deborah Levine

A year ago, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on a survey commissioned by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce that focused on the job and industry growth in the Chattanooga area. “A new study suggests that job growth in Hamilton County — already the second highest among Tennessee’s counties in the past five years — will grow nearly four times faster in the next five years. The analysis of local job listings and business announcements estimates that Hamilton County will add 13,500 jobs from 2015 to 2020, up from the 3,573 jobs added in the county during the previous five years.” Continue reading 2017 Goals: Chattanooga – by Deborah Levine

2017 Goals: Diversity – by Deborah Levine

As we begin 2017, the results of the U.S. presidential election are rippling through the national consciousness. Not surprisingly, there is much discussion on the fate of diversity advocacy in the community and in business. The economics of diverse communities, particularly regarding race, gender, and generation have become a daily issue for news reporting. Debate over Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the workplace is a natural extension of the discussion. Opinions range from D&I as a failure to D&I as more necessary than ever. Here are the vision and goals of diversity advocates followed by comments by D&I consultants. Together, they demonstrate a determination and renewed passion for both a diverse society and the diverse workplace.

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2017 Goals: International Thought Leaders – by Deborah Levine

Reflecting global trends, here are the visions and goals of three thought leaders from their national perspectives. From the Ukraine, the goals reflect a tumultuous political environment, highlighting an increasingly common trend. From Ghana, the goals reflect issues of economics and the environment. Again, these two issues go hand-in-hand in multiple national debates with the pros and cons underscored in third world countries. The third set of goals come from the United Kingdom and highlight efforts to bridge the growing diversity in British Society. The contributors capture the changing politics, society, and environment that confront people around the world. Together, they are emblematic of the path thought leaders are taking in 2017

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A Jewish Perspective on MLK – by Deborah Levine

It was an honor to share my perspective as a Jew and diversity professional at Chattanooga’s MLK interfaith service commemorating The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  My passion for diversity is a legacy from my father, a US World War II military intelligence officer whose letters describing Nazi Germany reside in Cincinnati’s American Jewish Archives. Having dedicated decades to tikkun olam, Hebrew for ‘repair of the world,’ I resonate deeply to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel words, “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”

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The Women March … AGAIN – by Deborah Levine

The 2017 Million Women March on Washington approaches, along with about 30 sister marches around the country, including in New York City. It’s been forty-seven years since I marched down 5th Ave. for the Women’s Movement. Why did I go when my goal for that trip to Manhattan was to find a job? Entering an employment agency, I insisted on sitting at the men’s table rather than with the women who were required to take a typing test. When my persistence was met with a threat to call the police to eject me, I made my way to 5th Ave. and joined the March.

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