On Friday, July 21 we attended and sponsored the NJBIA’s workshop: Increasing Your Organization’s Cultural Competency. The event was held at Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and featured three key speakers. Jeffrey J. Corrandino, Esq. from Jackson Lewis P.C. spoke about the dos and don’ts of creating diversity initiatives, Marianne C. Tolomeo, Esq. from Connell Foley LLP spoke about the EEO survey and changes to comes, and Jason W. Isom, Esq. from Olgetree Deakins spoke about affirmative action planning. Read on for five key takeaways I learned from their presentations.


  1. To practice cultural competence:
    • Respect others’ opinions
    • Acknowledge cultural/generational differences and historical injustices without becoming defensive.
    • Be open to learning about other cultures and ideas.
    • Give others the benefit of the doubt in a dispute.
    • Seek first to understand others’ point of views.
    • Don’t stereotype.
    • Don’t judge others by your own cultural standards.
    • Don’t assume your culture’s way is the only way.
    • Don’t talk down to anyone; communicate effectively.
  2. The most important reason to have a diverse and cultural aware workforce is because it sets the foundation for an engaged, loyal, and productive workforce.
  3. As part of your diversity and engagement initiatives:
    • Create a mentoring program.
    • Monitor supply diversity.
    • Create employee resource groups.
    • Focus on generational issues.
  4. Assigning mentors is one recommended way manage multi-generational employees. Match younger employees with more experienced employees. In addition, reverse mentoring programs match senior execs with generation y-ers regarding digital trends and technologies.
  5. On Sept. 29, 2016 the EEOC announced approval of a revised EEO-1, starting with the 2017 report to collect summary pay data from employers with 100 or more employees. For private employers, pay data will go to the EEOC. For federal contractors, pay data will go to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP).

For more information on each of these topics, please contact the NJBIA or each respective speaker. The NJBIA holds monthly workshops on various topics such as HR, leadership, and cyber security. Sign up for the organization’s email list to get updates on its events.

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