Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace:  An interview with Michael Dumlao

by Gaby Gramont

Note:  This interview reflects Michael’s own view and not that of his firm or any organizational affiliations. We recently sat down with Michael Dumlao, Author, Artist and Activist currently serving as Senior Brand and Diversity Strategist for Defense and Intelligence, to discuss the state of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace, the impact of COVID on […]

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Women Business Owners Series:  Del Lim, Owner and Founder of Del the Grocery Gal 

by Gaby Gramont

As part of our series on Women Business Owners, we recently sat down with Del Lim, Owner and Founder of Del the Grocery Gal, to learn more about why she started her personal grocery shopping business, the unique customer service she offers and her advice to other women who are thinking about starting their own businesses.   TorchLight:  Del, thanks joining us today and sharing your story. To […]

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The Ageism Spectrum

by Gaby Gramont

In December 2020, women accounted for 100% of the jobs lost. Neither age nor ability was a factor, just gender.  Why start with such a depressing statistic? Because you or someone you know may have been affected by choice or by default, and this shouldn’t be ignored.   

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Women Business Owners Series: Karen Blackwell, CEO and Founder of Kanda Chocolates

by Julie Rutherford

TorchLight is launching a new series that shines a spotlight on women business owners who are making an impact in a wide range of industries and sectors. For our inaugural post, we recently sat down with Karen Blackwell, CEO and Founder of Kanda Chocolates to learn more about why she started her business, its commitment to social justice and her advice to other women thinking about launching their own enterprises.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series: Obstacles in the hiring system for jobseekers—and how they can overcome them

by Julie Rutherford

Part 3 of our interview with Jennifer Tardy, Career Success Coach and Certified Diversity Executive and Practitioner TorchLight’s Stephanie Ranno recently sat down with Jennifer Tardy, Career Coach and Certified Diversity Executive and Practitioner, to discuss obstacles in the hiring system that impact job seekers—and how they can identify and overcome them. Stephanie:  In our […]

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LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusion: Supporting your LGBTQ+ employees
By Patrick R. Nelson

by Julie Rutherford

According to a recent study by the U.S. Chamber Foundation, diversity in your work organization creates a more productive work environment, increases employee retention, and is good for your bottom line. In fact, companies with inclusive policies and diverse boards of directors see a stock performance 6.5% higher than their competition, and they create stronger […]

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