• Announcing Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC!Wendy Amengual Wark

    January 14, 2019 Dear Friends and Colleagues, As we embark upon a new year, we wish you and yours all things wonderful! 2018 was an incredible year! Most exciting was the formation of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC – our partnership! (Learn more about Paula and Wendy) We recognize that our skills and competencies are enhanced through our collaboration.  Merging our organizations has provided our clients with a greater depth and range of services.Read more »
     
  • #METOO and What I Do About it: Part 2 – The ProblemWendy Amengual Wark

    Continued from #METOO and What I do About it: Part 1 It was another 7 years before I began working in the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Office at the NYC Department of Transportation. In 1987 I became the Deputy Women’s Advisor for the agency (on top of my day job as Deputy Director of Administrative Services). I had been active in fighting for equity and justice in many different forms throughout my life andRead more »
     
  • #METOO and What I Do About It: Part 1 - My StoryWendy Amengual Wark

    I cannot remember the first time that I was sexually harassed. Was it the man in Central Park who exposed his genitals to my sister and me on a sunny afternoon in 1968? Was it the gang of boys on the street telling then 12 year old Wendy what they would like to do to her? [I will not share my response here as it is NSFW.] I can say that I have experienced soRead more »
     
  • Why [Women] People Don't Report Sexual HarassmentWendy Amengual Wark

    It’s Not Just Fox: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment” by Claire Cain Miller in the April 10, 2017 The New York Times offers some concise observations and recommendations.  I responded in the comment section, but those comments are limited to 1500 characters.  The original comment is below along with a few additional points: I have worked in the field of EEO, discrimination and harassment prevention since 1988 and have the following observations: ManyRead more »
     
  • Why [Women] People Don't Report Sexual HarassmentWendy Amengual Wark

    “It’s Not Just Fox: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment” by Claire Cain Miller in the April 10, 2017 The New York Times offers some concise observations and recommendations.  I responded in the comment section, but am not sure that my comment will be published by the NYT (there are already 394 comments posted), and those comments are limited to 1500 characters.  The original comment is below along with a few additional points: I haveRead more »
     
  • "X" Marks the Spot!Wendy Amengual Wark

    With Judy Issokson ‘X’ Marks the Spot                    We work in places that can be marked on a map with an ‘X’. Those places are occupied by people who come from many other places, with multiple perceptions, and experiences. The walls of our workplaces look and feel solid, but they are porous.  Personal experiences and responses to all that occurs in our respective worlds seep into the workplace and impact the relationships that usedRead more »
     
  • Diversity Equals ...Wendy Amengual Wark

    Diversity Equals … The first time that I saw a billboard with the message, “Diversity = White Genocide” I was honestly a bit confused.  After all, what most people call diversity (the inclusion of diverse people), is the opposite of genocide. Groups subjected to genocide historically include: Armenians, Jews, Cambodians, Rwandans, and Bosnians. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. This matters because once we forget what happens when we exclude any group of people, we areRead more »
     
  • Happy New Year!Wendy Amengual Wark

    My husband Chris and I have an annual tradition. On New Year’s Day, if we are able, we head to the ocean, regardless of which coast we are on, to welcome the new year. The rhythmic cycle of the waves; the energy and beauty of the elements: air, water, earth, and fire of the sun collaborate to create the possibility of renewal. This year began on the beach at the Shinnecock Inlet which separates HamptonRead more »
     
  • In Light of Recent EventsWendy Amengual Wark

    In Light of Recent Events In light of recent events, employers are asking if they should be discussing race and violence in the workplace. Discussions of this nature have been avoided historically as they can become emotionally charged and may result in more division than inclusion. Diversity ‘subject matter experts’, such as myself are often in the awkward position of being the first to observe and address what difference difference makes. What are we toRead more »
     
  • I am Latino in AmericaWendy Amengual Wark

    “I Am Latino In America” On Monday evening I had the great pleasure to attend “I Am Latino in America” at El Museo del Barrio here in NYC hosted by Soledad O’Brien. The event is part of an ongoing national tour with performances and conversations about being Latino in America with celebrities, national and local advocates, business leaders, and academics. Learn More: http://www.iamlatinoinamerica.com/ Monday evening’s panelists included: Rosie Perez, Actor and Activist, Jose Calderon, PresidentRead more »
     
  • Resistance!Wendy Amengual Wark

    Resistance! There is resistance in weight training, resistance in electricity, resistance in magnetic fields (thinking of Leonard Nimoy today!), and resistance when it comes to diversity and inclusion.  D&I practitioners have  been trying to figure out how to overcome this resistance for decades and now, in 2015, resistance to inclusion seems to be stronger than ever.  So, how do we deal with people, especially those in leadership and management positions, who resist including others who areRead more »
     
  • Comfortable DiversityWendy Amengual Wark

    Comfortable Diversity I was once asked (directed) by a boss of mine not to use the words “race” or “gender” while facilitating diversity and inclusion education for the organization’s employees. The main reasons I was given for this approach were: 1. There are all types of diversity: job title, geographic location, marital status, parental status, we don’t have to focus on the obvious differences. 2. According to Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas (the late diversity scholarRead more »