T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education, and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Chairman Jakes highlighted his new book, When Women Pray, which looks at 10 women in the Bible who changed the world through prayer, and explained why women today carry more influence than in any other generation. You can find the book here.

While speaking with Scripps National News on holding companies accountable for diversity, T.D. Jakes Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill stated that “Diversity and inclusion work is a long-term journey, not a destination. It’s what companies continue to do, the consistency, that really matters.” Watch the full story here.

The country lost an icon with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a recent blog post, Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill reflected on the life and legacy of  the “Notorious RBG.”

Digital Divide

The pandemic continues to shine a light on the widening digital divide during remote learning and how Black and brown communities are being disproportionately affected. Recently, the Washington Post spoke with educators and government leaders on the barriers that need to be addressed to help close the divide. Read and watch the highlights here.

As the pandemic forces many students to continue learning remotely, many do not have the needed devices, applications or access to succeed this academic school year. In an effort to provide a solution, SmartBrief has put together a five-step plan to bridge the divide.

Job Assistance

With the holiday season now on the horizon, companies are hiring to fill thousands of seasonal jobs nationwide. Companies currently hiring include Macy’s, Walmart, Amazon, FedEx, UPS and Best Buy. Learn more.

With more job seekers placing an emphasis on a company’s record on diversity and inclusion, Glassdoor has launched a new rating system to hold companies accountable on diversity and inclusion. Read more here.

Several Dallas community college campuses have been awarded funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education to help support Latinx students by providing them with more academic resources and career development. To find out more, visit the Dallas Morning News.

Diversity and Inclusion

California is now the first state in the nation to require publicly traded corporations to appoint people from underrepresented communities to their board of directors. Upon signing the bill into law, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said “When we talk about racial justice, we talk about power and needing to have seats at the table. When we talk about racial justice, we talk about power and needing to have seats at the table.” Read the story in USA Today.

Greater diversity in the workplace has shown to have a positive trickledown effect at all levels of an organization, including its leadership. Entrepreneur looks at four reasons why diverse workplaces produce stronger leaders. Read more here.

Despite the challenging year, studies have found that the tech industry has made significant strides in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion, and tackling systemic racism. Read more from BuiltIn here.

Together, we can and will get through this.



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