T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Update – November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

We want to serve as a resource. To keep you abreast of critical issues dominating the national discourse—including diversity, equity and inclusion; the digital divide; STEAM education; entrepreneurship and small business—we’re compiling timely news and information in one place because the first step to fixing a problem is understanding it.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

Last week, Chairman T.D. Jakes and President & CEO Hattie Hill were delighted to meet with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon to learn more about his priorities on social equity and investing in underserved communities. Check out additional photos from their meeting here.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation (TDJF) was proud to sponsor the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ 2021 Women of Distinction, which honored female leaders—from high schoolers to adults (including our own president and CEO Hattie Hill)—who have blazed a trail in their fields. In advance of the celebration, we asked these extraordinary women and young women to share their experiences and offer advice for how to further advance equality in the workplace. Check out what Alexandra Vincent, Katie Chang, Margot Meyer, Kit Addleman, Cris Zertuche Wong, and our own Hattie Hill had to say!

The T.D. Jakes Foundation PATHWAY program, and its Virtual Hiring Platform, a 365 days-a-year program, is connecting job candidates to corporations actively recruiting diverse talent. We encourage people at all stages in their careers, from entry-level candidates and recent college graduates to experienced job seekers and advanced-degree holders to become part of the program! Visit our website to learn more and submit your information and connect with companies looking for diverse talent!

Help Wanted

Millions of job seekers are switching industries and embarking on a new path but many of them are left to their own devices to navigate the journey. A record 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August. Although online job-searching tools have existed for years, workers’ reliance on them accelerated during the pandemic as networking opportunities and in-person job fairs became nonexistent. Online services, apps and websites can help people make their next career move, and many are increasingly turning to them as the shift in the U.S. workforce continues. Read more in the Washington Post.

In a labor shortage, artificial intelligence may be a useful tool for businesses that need to fill open positions fast, in part by opening the recruiting net wider. Admittedly, A.I. technology has known pitfalls. But when used strategically, A.I. recruiting tools have the potential to make hiring less of a pain point. Read more from Inc.

The job market has changed substantially in our post-pandemic world. Between the “Great Resignation” and the increase in job openings, employers are struggling to find and retain talent. As companies compete for talent and handle the standard challenges that come with retaining employees, it is more crucial than ever for companies to build strong teams that enable success and growth. The best teams are composed of people who are mature, work well with others and demonstrate initiative. Forbes has more.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published: “A Business Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” to show how diversity, equity, and inclusion can benefit businesses and communities across America, as well as offer ways to increase diversity in the workplace. Check out the guide here.

For inclusion efforts to be effective, they must be intersectional, comprehensive, and embedded. For Fast Company, Ludmila N. Praslova writes about 3 things that might be missing from a company’s inclusion efforts. Read more here.

The Federal Reserve will host a series of diversity and inclusion conferences in November focusing on underrepresented groups and their experiences in the economics profession, central banking, finance and the economy overall, the U.S. central bank announced recently. Reuters has the details.

Digital Divide

A common perception is that closing the digital divide means giving consumers access to the Internet at high speed for entertainment purposes. However, the pandemic has exposed four more important demand drivers at the intersection of vital consumer, business, and societal functions. Read more in Yahoo Finance.

The pandemic revealed that we need to make more of an investment in broadband infrastructure, especially in rural and minority communities, to close the huge disparities in online access – and that will require both industry and government. Fortune has more.


Dallas ISD offers something for every student. From innovation at its best to exceptional academics, exciting extracurricular and after-school opportunities, and safe learning environments, the district has a school or program for every child. Now is the time to discover Dallas ISD—home to excellent neighborhood schools and more than 100 choice schools and specialty programs that prepare students for success now and in the future. Families are invited to join the virtual Discover Dallas ISD on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., to learn more about the options offered in the district. Read more on Dallas ISD’s blog.


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