Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Ageism Spectrum
By Fredda Hurwitz

by Gaby Gramont

Fredda Hurwitz, Founder & Chief Nut, Gingernut Thinking  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.   Like many, I’m a single working mom who had to walk away from […]

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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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Gender equality in the workplace: Steps in the right direction
By Gabrielle Gramont

by Julie Rutherford

Women continue to fight for gender equality and strive for an even playing field in the workplace. Although there are still areas for improvement, recent statistics reflect notable progress in reducing gender inequality in both the professional and academic realms. Here are some positive numbers showing that women are slowly but surely closing these gaps.

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Could You Be Guilty of Unconscious Gender Bias? Here’s What to Do About It
by Shaara Roman, Founder & CEO, The Silverene Group

by Julie Rutherford

We like people who are like us – that’s a human truth. It’s natural to gravitate toward those who are similar in gender, schooling, religion, what have you. The crux lies how we approach people who are different from us. And despite decades of progress for working women, gender bias has proven to be one […]

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