Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Starbucks' Diversity Campaign “Race Together” Called Off


One week after its launching, Starbucks' “Race Together” campaign for diversity and racial equality – part of which is the most visible, hotly-debated phase, the writing of “Race Together” on customers' cups - was cancelled after it drew huge negative criticisms. The Race initiative was the coffee shop chain's concept designed to “stimulate conversation, empathy and compassion toward one another.”

The java giant is pulling the plug on its controversial “Race Together” campaign, according to a company memo from CEO Howard Schultz. Baristas were no longer to write “Race Together” on customers’ cups starting Sunday, concluding the most visible part of the company’s diversity and racial equality campaign. Read more:  

Race Together is the latest and boldest of Mr. Schultz’s efforts to insert his company and its employees into sensitive social issues, from health care to gun rights. In addition to the cups, the initiative entails Starbucks employee forums to discuss race, special sections co-produced with USA Today about the subject, and other efforts to, in Mr. Schultz’s words, “foster dialogue and empathy and help bridge the racial and ethnic divides within our society that have existed for so many years.” The CEO said those other efforts would continue. Read more:

The backlash came largely from Starbucks' customer base, many of whom think the campaign was ill-conceived, ill-timed, merely an attempt to force employees into making a political statement. While most criticisms focused on the initiative itself, unleashing emotional responses towards the issue of race, some were concentrated on the company's branded coffee.

A good number of articles offered studied analyses on what could have gone wrong, despite Starbucks' good intentions. One such article examining the issue says:
It’s quite simple: Customers didn’t see the connection between race relations and what the company offers. As a result, many customers thought that the campaign was exploiting a social issue for financial gain.
Another such analysis provides some reasons for the campaign's failure, which in sum is all about "a different perspective...-none of us, irrespective of race and ethnicity, have effectively learned to be culturally sensitive." Still, author Peter Aranda, urges Starbucks to "continue your diversity and inclusion efforts." 

Many other like-minded anlyses also encouraged the continuation of the diversity campaign, while one article in particular notes  
Due to its scale and a myriad of other challenges, the actual customer experience will never be consistent enough to represent the Starbucks brand as Starbucks would like it to be.
The initiative indeed will continue, as Schultz wrote in his company letter
But this initiative is far from over. We have a number of planned Race Together activities in the weeks and months to come...
 
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Bed Bath & Beyond Looking for Junior Attorney, Union, NJ

Bed Bath & Beyond, a leading name synonymous with quality home merchandise and furnishings, and a member of DiversityWorking.com's list of diversity companies, is looking for a highly-qualified indvidual for the position of Junior Attorney, Union, New Jersey.

Job Specifications
*Assist with a wide variety of legal matters including assistance to international subsidiaries on all aspects of operations 
* Contract negotiation and drafting
* Other functions
Job Requirements
* 2-4 years of experience in one or more of the identified areas either at a corporation or law firm
* Be willing to assist with any other legal matters that may arise

For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.
 
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Bed, Bath & Beyond Needs Hourly Supervisor, Meridian MS

Bed, Bath & Beyond, the country's leading retail chain of home merchandise and furnishings, and one of DiversityWorking.com's diversity company members, is looking for highly-competent individuals for the position of Hourly Supervisor, Meridian, Mississippi.

Job Overview
The position comes with competitive wage and benefits, and involves acting in a leadership role to promote outstanding service and ensure smooth daily operations, as well as being responsible for assisting Store and Assistant Managers in executing daily priorities, among other functions.
Job Requirements
Minimum of 2+ years of supervisory experience in a retail or similar environment.
Prior experience in a fast paced, customer service industry is preferred.
Excellent customer service skills.
Excellent supervisory skills.
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Director of Philanthropy, Providence, Rhode Island Needed at Nature Conservancy

A Director of Philanthropy, Providence, RI, is needed by The Nature Conservancy, the world's most trusted name in conservation operating in all 50 states and in more than 35 countries, and also one of DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company members.

Job Overview
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the management planning and implementation of a comprehensive philanthropy program in Rhode Island.
Job Requirements
* At least with a Bachelor’s degree and 7 years related experience.
* Experience asking for and closing major gifts.
* Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
* Preferably with demonstrated experience in managing capital campaigns
* Effective leadership, management and training skills.
* Experience in managing a geographically dispersed team.
Company Benefits
* Competitive compensation
* 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees
* Flexible work policies
* Collaborative work environment
* Professional development opportunities
For more details about the job and to apply for it, please click on the link.


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Nature Conservancy Looking for Stewardship Forester, Nashville, Indiana

The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization in the world, and member of DiversityWorking.com's roster of diversity companies, is currently looking for a Stewardship Forester, Nashville, Indiana. The company needs a highly-qualified and dedicated individual to fill the post.

Job Overview
The Stewardship Forester will perform and participate in land management, forest inventory, timber marking, boundary line management, ecological restoration, and forest management, among other job functions, primarily in Indiana.
Job Requirements
* At least, high school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
* Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
* Experience operating various types of equipment.

* Preferably with  a Bachelors or Associates degree in Forestry from a school accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
* Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
Company Benefits
* Competitive compensation
* 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees
* Flexible work policies
* Collaborative work environment
* Professional development opportunities
For more details about the job and to apply for it, please click on this link.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Nature Conservancy Urgently Hiring Naturalist Warden, New Haven, DiversityWorking Announces

DiversityWorking.com announces an urgent need for hiring by The Nature Conservancy, one of its diversity company members, of a Naturalist Warden, New Haven, CT, a short-term, summer position.

Job Overview
The Naturalist Warden will perform and participate in persevere operations, maintenance and management. He/she will also be responsible for the stewardship and protection of two shoreline preserves in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Job Requirements:
* Excellent observation, note taking and communication skills essential.
* High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
* Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. canoe, kayak, brush-cutter).
* Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
 * Bi-lingual and multi-lingual candidates are welcome.
Job Responsibilities:
* Will interact with visitors.
* Works under close or infrequent supervision.
* Requires working on holidays and weekends.
Job Benefits:
* Competitive compensation
* 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees
* Flexible work policies
* Collaborative work environment
For more details about the job and to apply for it, click on this link.

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Nature Conservancy Urgently Needs Conservation Practitioner III, Elkins, WV

The Nature Conservancy, a prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com and the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world, is urgently looking for a highly-qualified individual to fill the post of Conservation Practitioner, Elkins, West Virginia.

Job Overview
The Conservation Practitioner III will be performing and participating in natural area operations which include the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs.
Job Qualifications
* 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete restoration and management activities.
* Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
* Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Job Benefits
* Competitive compensation,
* 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees
* Flexible work policies
* Collaborative work environment
* Professional development opportunities

For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.


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Nature Conservancy Names New State Director for West Virginia Chapter

The Nature Conservancy, the world's leading conservation organization operating in 50 states and in more than 30 countries, and a prestigious diversity company member of DiversityWorking.com, has named Thomas Minney of Elkins, as new state director for its West Virginia chapter.

Minney, who brings to the post an eight-year experience as the director of the Nature Conservancy's Central Appalachians program, is replacing former state director Rodney Bartgis, who resigned last year. According to the Saturday Gazette-Mail, that "as director of the TNC’s Central Appalachians program, Minney helped plan and initiate multi-state cooperative conservation programs, including one involved in the restoration of the region’s high-elevation red spruce forest...

“I want to continue the Conservancy’s work in building partnerships and developing innovative conservation actions to continue to protect West Virginia’s most important natural places,” Minney said. “West Virginia is one of the best places in the world for plant and animal diversity, and the people here are very close to nature and have a close connection to the land.” - Read more here:
In an interview with Nature.org, Thomas Minney said he is "excited to continue to protect the wild, wonderful places we all need." He also imparted,
People and culture in West Virginia are shaped by the close ties we have to land and the outdoors. People belong to the land as much as the land belongs to the people. We need to be good stewards of the amazing resources we have in this state. - See more at

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As director of the TNC’s Central Appalachians program, Minney helped plan and initiate multi-state cooperative conservation programs, including one involved in the restoration of the region’s high-elevation red spruce forest - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150314/GZ01/150319498#sthash.tosc8S8J.dpuf
As director of the TNC’s Central Appalachians program, Minney helped plan and initiate multi-state cooperative conservation programs, including one involved in the restoration of the region’s high-elevation red spruce forest - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150314/GZ01/150319498#sthash.tosc8S8J.dpuf
As director of the TNC’s Central Appalachians program, Minney helped plan and initiate multi-state cooperative conservation programs, including one involved in the restoration of the region’s high-elevation red spruce forest - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150314/GZ01/150319498#sthash.tosc8S8J.dpuf
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgisthe
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis
former TNC state director Rodney Bartgis

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Secret Behind Bed Bath & Beyond's Brilliant Success


Bed Bath & Beyond is one of America's leading retail chains of home merchandise and furnishings that has consistently grown from its humble beginnings in 1971, and one of DiversityWorking.com's committed diversity company members. Its sales and number of stores, including those of its sister companies Harmon Face Values, Christmas Tree Shops, buybuy Baby and other stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or World Market Stores – keep increasing through the years, withstanding economic recession, shifting consumer buying trends, and the rise in e-commerce.

The secret behind Bed Bath & Beyond's brilliant success can be attributed to several factors, but it all boils down to its corporate culture, strong leadership and excellent customer service. 
 
Notable among these factors are 3 strategies that make up the company's business model.
Conservative Fiscal Strategy which allows Bed Bath & Beyond to operate on as little debt as possible, that gives the company “important advantages in terms of flexibility and ability to sail through difficult times"
Merchandizing strategy to stock anything and everything, putting its “big box” merchandising concept to full advantage, yet in an organized manner, and enabling the company to operate successfully and profitably.
Real estate strategy - Most retailers opt to open new locations in popular commercial areas or inside malls; Bed Bath is diligent to scout cheap real estate.

At the same time, Bed Bath & Beyond is doing its best to cope with the rising trend of e-commerce.
Bed Bath & Beyond is taking its online business seriously and is working hard to enhance the customers’ overall shopping experience in stores and online by leveraging mobile devices and social media. The company believes that providing a deeper set of merchandise in an omni channel environment, combined with compelling customer service, will help it gain market share in the future. Read more at:

To add to these strategies is the company's competitive pricing techniques. According to one analysis on the retail giant made last year, customers would go to browse at Bed Bath & Beyond and compare its prices with Amazon.com. If customers shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond use the store's 20% off coupon, the item will actually cost around 15% less than it would on Amazon. So without a 20% off coupon, your best bet is to purchase the item on Amazon. Once sales tax and shipping charges are factored in, however, the item's price may break even with the price at Bed Bath & Beyond. Like most retailers, Bed Bath & Beyond monitors market prices on all of its items to make small adjustments and uses its 20% coupons to its advantage. Read more here:

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