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Celebrating Black Music: How did I not know?

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Celebrating Black Music:  How did I not know? Hold up…am I the only one who did not know that June marks Black Music Month? This celebration has been around since Jimmy Carter made it official during his presidency in 1979. I have no excuse for not knowing. . .so now I know that June is…

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The DEI Imperative: A Commitment We Cannot Afford to Abandon

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The DEI Imperative: A Commitment We Cannot Afford to Abandon As leaders, we hold a responsibility not just to our company’s bottom line, but to the individuals who help us meet those financial goals. DEI isn’t just a trend, but a vital component of our organizational fabric that requires ongoing commitment. June is Pride Month,…

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Cheryl Thompson: What International Womens Day Means to Me

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An Interview with CADIA’s Founder and CEO, Cheryl Thompson — What International Women’s Day Means to Me This interview by Reuters with Cheryl Thompson is republished with permission. Q: What does International Women’s Day mean to you? A:  IWD is learning about, celebrating and honoring the women that paved the way for us, it is…

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What Black History Month Means to Me

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.— Marcus Garvey Black History Month is a joyous time of celebration where we investigate the stories of individuals who faced and overcame great opposition and challenges. When I read Black history, I find myself both curious and…

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Reflecting on MLK Day: The Imperative for DEI in the Transportation Industry

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unwavering commitment to civil rights and his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate across generations, inspiring us to work for a more just and inclusive society. While Dr. King’s focus was on broader societal issues, his principles are applicable to all of us…in all industries. Diversity Drives…

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Creating an Equitable Workforce

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Creating an equitable workforce demands a hard look at all parts of the employee lifecycle. It’s not solely about recruiting; but about thoughtful attention to the hiring funnel and beyond—from sourcing diverse talent to providing an inclusive employee experience. Diversity in the workplace advances an organization in many ways. It gives you access to a…

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Top 10 Ways to Make DEI Work: Building a More Inclusive Future

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At CADIA this year we have been hearing a lot about making DEI sustainable within organizations.  Recently our founder and CEO, Cheryl Thompson gave a blog-worthy talk to the MEMA Diversity Council entitled Top Strategies to ensure your DEI strategy is sustainable.  We’ve pulled the highlights together here – take a look and let us know what…

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CADIA Honors Pride Month 2023

As June approaches, we want to take a moment to celebrate Pride Month and express our unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. At CADIA, we believe that every individual should be able to bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination or prejudice. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace…

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Diversity Includes IDD

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) refer to a range of conditions that affect an individual’s cognitive functioning and adaptive skills. These disabilities can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to communicate, learn and perform everyday tasks. IDD can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic conditions and brain injury, and are…

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The Corporate Ladder: Still Tricky for Women

You have likely seen this or a similar triangle.  It depicts the percentage of women in the automotive industry at entry level (the foundation of the triangle) up through executive ranks. Now, the “triangle” imagery isn’t perfect, it’s obviously a lagging indicator; nonetheless it tells a story. The story goes like this:  Statistically speaking, over…

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