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Save-the-Dates! ~ Culture Quest ~ Fall-Winter 2017: Black History and Life

By | July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

        The History and Life of Black America: (Led by award-winning historian, educator, and speaker, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker) Learn what you have always wanted to know in an intimate and positive space! Peniel Joseph has argued that "Black history is more vital in our own times than ever for at least three reasons. Its descriptive intervention allows us to embrace the fullness of American and world history on a previously unimagined scale. By allowing the voices of black women and men, icons and ordinary people, to join in our larger democratic story, we come to see how African-Americans expansively transformed the United States. The struggle for black dignity, both [...]

People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It

By | July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall and Trudy Bourgeois via the Harvard Business Review Last month, in an unprecedented show of solidarity, 150 CEOs from the world’s leading companies banded together to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and, through an online platform, shared best practices for doing so. To drive home the urgency, the coalition’s website, CEOAction.com, directs visitors to research showing that diverse teams and inclusive leaders unleash innovation, eradicate groupthink, and spur market growth. But as Tim Ryan, U.S. Chair and senior partner at PwC and one of the organizers of the coalition, explains, what galvanized the group was widespread recognition that “we are living in a world of complex [...]

Eastlake Park Provides Cultural Connection for Phoenix’s African American Community

By | July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Early Eastlake Park postcard February 17, 2017 by Fara Illich via DTPHX.org Some landmarks represent more than just a significant geographic location. They hold a sense of place, history and the very heartbeat of a community. This much is true for Eastlake Park.  Located at 1549 E. Jefferson St., it’s the oldest park in the city, dating back to the 1890s. It was purchased by the City of Phoenix in 1914 and the man-made lake became one of the park’s most interesting aspects. In addition to offering the novelty of a boat ride in the desert, it even harbored a few alligators, according to reports.  Eventually, the lake was replaced by baseball fields and [...]

The Quest is Complete!

By | June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diamond Strategies hosts Culture Quest for aspiring and established leaders. Thomas McDonald of Brophy College Preparatory, and Anastacia Whitaker of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, discuss the ways in which diversity and cultural competency fuel innovation. On Saturday, June 24th, Diamond Strategies hosted its "Understanding Culture and Building Community" Culture Quest for aspiring and established leaders.  Held in the new and centrally located CityScape office tower, our Culture Quests are premier and intimate diversity, equity, and inclusion training opportunities for students, administrators, employees, managers, executives, and thought leaders, in the government, non-profit, corporate, education, and healthcare sectors. Culture Quests were forged to offer organizations and community members robust explorations into [...]

Only 5 Days Until the June 24th Culture Quest. Sign Up Today!

By | June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Cropped view of four women's eyes from different countries (iStock) Culture Quests Summer 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 (8:00am to 12:00 PM) "Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion" “Take delight in the essential differences between cultures.  Learn that differences are a delight,not something to fear.” ~ Gene Roddenberry Sign up TODAY! Only 5 Days Until the Quest Begins! Continental Breakfast and Parking Validation Included Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser Diamond Strategies enables individuals and organizations to expand their horizons, and enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts, with timely, dynamic, solutions-based learning, in a C-Suite setting. Designed for professionals and non-traditional learners who wish to remain [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Alvin "Big Al" Heggs is a former American professional basketball player.  Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he attended Florida Community College and the University of Texas, before playing for the NBA Houston Rockets and two teams in the CBA.  Heggs has distinguished himself, however, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and leaders in the U.S., and is the embodiment of the kind of intelligence, character, creativity, passion, and determination that lies within our urban landscapes.  He is the owner of Superstition Springs Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Mesa, Arizona (one of only two Black principal owners of such a dealer ship west of Texas-the other being former NBA great, Karl Malone), [...]

MCUVO!CE Editor-in-Chief Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker Interviewed by Rowdy Duncan on Inclusive Activism

By | May 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Rowdy Duncan is the Founder and Host of Inclusion Activism on Apple Podcasts. Diamond Strategies' Founder and CEO, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker discusses life, personal leadership, diversity, and inclusion, in this engaging interviewed (Part 1 of 3) with Rowdy Duncan on Inclusive Activism on Apple Podcasts. INCLUSIVE ACTIVISM - This is Inclusive Activism Podcast – It comes from the idea love is an action word. We don’t just want to be enlightened to the reality of “ism” we want to DO something about it. To get active in the community and to learn about how to keep our learning ongoing. We never want to stop learning The purpose of the [...]

Dr. Matthew Whitaker Joins MCUVO!CE as Partner and Editor-in-Chief

By | April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This article is re-posted here with permission from MCU VO!CE. Editor's Voice By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. My interviewing Aaron McGruder, cartoonist, screenwriter, director, and visionary creator of The Boondocks and Black Jesus. Photo: Personal Collection I am pleased to announce that I have joined the trailblazing and visionary team at MyClickUrban.com as a partner and Editor-in-Chief of MCU VO!CE.  MCU VO!CE is the narrative platform of MyClickUrban, our "Grio," or storytelling, praise singing, poetic and melodic soul. MyClickUrban.com is the best mobile solution for your urban lifestyle agenda. Our app, website, and VO!CE, are the convenient “go to” destinations for urbanites “on the go.” MCU VO!CE relaunches today under [...]

Transformational Leadership and the 10 Ps

By | March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

10 Essential Readings for Women’s History Month

By | March 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

From the Diamond Strategies Team Women are not monolithic and neither is their history.  In honor of Women's History Month, therefore, we have assembled a list of 10 of our favorite readings in women's history.  These books, listed in no particular order, reflect the dynamism, devastation, anger, activism, joy, and diverse texture of experiences these remarkable women set forth for our posterity. This is not a list of what we consider to be the best books in women’s history.  Rather, it reflects the chronological, regional, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, and the poignant and profound stories, of women whose voices and legacies should be uplifted.  We hope that you will share this list [...]

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