Tag: diversity and inclusion

Et Tu, National Hockey League?


Ice hockey is a popular winter sport. It originated and remains popular in our coldest climates. Think Canada. Or, perhaps Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Even Russia. Those countries and the United States usually win medals at the annual world championships and the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Professional ice hockey leagues permeate almost every European country, including the Baltics.

In the United States, some children who grow up in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and the far reaches of northern New England learn to skate at the same time they learn to walk. It is one of the most challenging sports to play, played on ice at high speeds and requiring enormous hand-eye coordination, with no small amount of violence.

Curt Morgan, the CEO of Vistra Corp., joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee to talk about the balance between moving quickly to cleaner energy sources — such as battery or solar — and ensuring the displacement of workers and other human capital from closing plants is minimal.

Morgan, who announced he will soon step down from Vistra, said how you treat people matters and it’s important to offer an environment where people feel they can learn and grow. He also outlined techniques for promoting diversity in the industry.

Uh Oh. Youngkin Meant What He Said


Two unique characteristics partially define the Commonwealth of Virginia’s governor. First, he (or she, although no woman has yet been elected governor) is elected in odd-numbered years. And second, he serves only for a single four-year term. Governors here cannot run to succeed themselves (but they can try to run again later, as former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried and failed to do in 2021).

That may give some partisans in the losing party hope that a new governor might not govern as promised. Perhaps “legacy mode” kicks in on Day One. There’s no political pressure to deliver other than mid-term (also odd-year) state legislative elections.

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Lessons unlearned, opportunities missed by JAMA, ESPN, and Google It was quite a week for cancel culture, which claimed three trophies from three separate American institutions: Medicine, Sports Broadcasting (gambling, specifically), and Big Tech. The latest trophies on Cancel Culture’s expanding wall include Dr. Howard Bauchner, the 11-year editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American […]

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School Diary: Diversity Day


Today was Open Hearts Day, a.k.a. Diversity Day at my school, an occasion that admin has been talking up for weeks now. Some of you might have had similar diversity training experiences at work; I’d be curious to know if this is similar to what you’ve been through.

My first year at school, we literally called this day “Diversity Day.” Each homeroom put a table outside their classroom in the hallway and the students placed items on the table that reflected their ethnic heritage. I put my globe on the table with bright dots to reflect the different places that my students’ families had come from. Then we all walked around and admired everyone’s tables.

After 30 years, Parting Company with the Institute for Supply Management


In 1990, I made a major career change, after being a hospital pharmacy technician for ten years.  It took me some time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I decided to go into the field of industrial Purchasing, and enrolled in a community college with a 2-year degree in Purchasing Management.  Just after enrolling, I joined the purchasing professional association, then called the National Association of Purchasing Management, or NAPM, as a student member. I figured that if I joined, I would be able to do some networking to be able to get a job when I finished my schooling.

At my very first dinner meeting of the Western Washington chapter of NAPM (NAPM-WW), I met a number of buyers at various companies in the vicinity, and made friendships that would endure throughout my purchasing career.  I got my very first purchasing job from a connection made in the evening class on Purchasing Management (the instructor had a friend whose company needed a buyer).  I have remained an active member until now.  In 1999, in order to do something to contribute to the local chapter, I took over the Business Survey from the previous Business Survey Chairman who was retiring, and I have been the Business Survey Chairman until this year.  That volunteer gig has been perhaps the most fulfilling job I have done in my working life; I made a name for myself in the local chapter, earning an award for service.  I increased the reach and influence of our local business survey, adding 40+ new recipients of our monthly data. [for readers who might be interested, you can go to ismww.org Web site, and view the survey data for many years]

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After some BLM-related controversies, my local school district, and especially the high school where I had the misfortune to spend four years, has, like all school districts in America, gone woke — though not so woke as northern Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools, which is flirting with the idea of banning dissent outright. But I […]

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