A Year in Review

As we prepare to sunset 2018, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the journey that the year has taken us on. We learned a lot in 2018. And we also experienced events that made us cry. These tears weren’t in vain as they served as a catalyst, inspiring change in the world around us. So, let’s take a closer look at a few noteworthy occurrences:

What We Learned

  • We dove headfirst into talent management principles as the field continues to shift and grow. As we all know, talent management plays an important role as a business strategy given it focuses on one of the most important assets of any company—its people.
  • Whether you’re the interviewer or interviewee, be confident in what you bring to the table. Take a look at the tips I pulled together for nailing an interview. We researched most common questions to prepare for as well as those questions to avoid asking.
  • 2018 marked my anniversary on social media. As I reflect on some of my many learnings over the years, there are several best practices I’ve undertaken to expand my social media presence. I found my posting rhythm and how to monitor which posts my network finds most intriguing.
  • Given that only 6.4% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, it was important that we examine negotiation tactics and gender differences. Research suggest that lack of advancement and the compensation gap can, at times, have little to do with workplace performance. Instead, much has to do with how men and women negotiate.
  • We also looked at how mental health challenges impact work and how we, as managers and coworkers, can support. When employee wellness is addressed, we all become more engaged, effective and efficient professionals.

What Made Us Cry

  • This November, we learned that the U.S. has one mass shooting per day. The rise in hate crimes showed us that we need to strengthen our resilience in the face of adversity.
  • At the beginning of 2018, we saw continued momentum as the #TimesUp and #Metoo movements grew. As a result, we looked at workplace sexual harassment and where we go from here.

What We Celebrated

  • Throughout the year, many diversity practitioners gathered around the country to share ideas and glean insights on best practices within our profession. These events are worthy of celebration as they promote growth — not only within our field but also within our country.
  • Representation matters! Some of the largest movies of the year featured actors of color. Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time both broke records at the box office and Black Panther was recently nominated for two Golden Globes.

2018 has been an eventful year that has humbled us in many ways. Policies and politics continue to divide us. From immigration debate to Brett Kavanaugh to routine activities for which police were called on African Americans, we found ourselves embroiled in reflection often asking “how did we get here?” And perhaps more importantly, how can we leverage learnings from 2018 to forge ahead into a more inclusive and connected new year.