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5 Ways to Avoid Killing Your Startup During a Reduction in Force

Posted by Janine Yancey

March 17, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


As a growing startup, a reduction in force (RIF) might be the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, they are a reality that most companies must at least consider at some point in their growth and it’s better to be prepared than left to chance.

Looking around at today’s business landscape, we can see that even amidst mostly positive news, there are companies like Macy’s and Kmart that must constrict in order in to survive. In this context, a RIF can actually be a painful but critical part of building a more effective organization.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

2017 Business Growth Resolutions Must Include Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted by Janine Yancey

January 20, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


As we move into 2017, it’s natural to take stock of the world around us and measure how it will impact our lives over the next twelve months and beyond.

For business leadership, much of that evaluation revolves around how populist sentiment that is rejecting “political correctness” as bad for America, will impact business prospects and the workplace.

For women and minorities who aspire to increased presence within leadership, the evaluation could be especially worrisome as they wonder whether regulatory and enforcement changes, buoyed by populist sentiment, will undermine progress made in leveling the playing field in support of diversity and inclusion.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

Brogrammers Disrupted: How Silicon Valley Could Become More Inclusive

Posted by Janine Yancey

December 2, 2016

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


The impact of technology on mainstream society has grown beyond measure. From the dawn of the Gig Economy to the ubiquity of smartphones, the way we live our lives has fundamentally changed over the last few years.

The accelerated pace of integrating technology into every conceivable consumer activity such as ride-sharing, finding lodging, food delivery, connecting with friends and so on presents an ironic opportunity for Silicon Valley to disrupt its own brogrammer culture and accelerate inclusion in a way that other sectors and regions simply cannot match.

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Topics: Unconscious Bias, start-ups