I can honestly share it really does take a village to create something special. A year ago, I had a vision to champion voices of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) influencers that either led various functions within their organizations or are key executives within their small businesses. This led to publishing these voices in our inaugural issue of Diversity Business Review (DBR).
It is no small feat for these leaders to write a thoughtful article that substantiates their expertise, which is then reviewed by an esteemed and highly credentialled board. The purpose of the review board is to ensure the quality and integrity of the content published provides practical and thoughtful insights that readers can use to support their work. I can report, after being in the market for a little over a year, we have been told that DBR is more than a practical guide. It is a comprehensive roadmap that validates many existing strategies and initiatives.
Prior to the pandemic, we were able to distribute thousands of copies of DBR to several national conferences in the United States, and we distributed close to 500,000 online copies. Collectively, we were able to give the first issue modest exposure to alert the market of a new thought leadership publication. In 2020 and continuing through 2021, we will continue to deliver online due to our new normal of virtual engagement.
DBR’s goal in 2020 was to provide practitioners a platform and a resource. I can report we have truly been successful. We are excited to be a growing part of the scholarly community as DBR content is being requested by universities and used by experts as a credible resource. We are intentional in expanding our platforms with key partnerships for distribution, reach, and impact. Moreover, we are broadening our invitation to an open call for contributors to the journal. We really are reaching for a broader voice to contribute to this platform. However, we will not lose the integrity of our vision; we will always extend invitations to DEI leaders to ensure we retain a balanced and inclusive voice.
We also further ensure the voice of the author is heard by adding a 7-10-minute podcast to their article. This allows the reader to connect with the author, gain more perspective, and understand the intent of the article’s message. We will continue to publish an annual issue with new and exciting design changes and types of contributing articles. We plan to include op ed pieces and advertorials too. The journal is an evolving publication that will grow as audiences engage and more voices join.
The DBR Academic Review Board is co-chaired by Dr. Patricia Arredondo and Dr. Rodney Lowman along with six fellow doctorate level reviewers. With the contribution of expert practitioners’ experiences, DBR will present real-life scenarios with special attention to DEI in the business world.
The second annual DBR journal will be published in November 2021 with both invited and selected contributors from the global marketplace. Look for our promotions and programs that will support the DBR leadership community.
Sharee Dorsey, our Sr. Creative Director on this project, developed a unique design for the journal, and the signature style will continue to exist. Her vision continues to represent diversity with robust colors that connect the categories with the cover.
I want to thank everyone for their support in bringing this vision to life: the contributors, the corporate partners, the staff, and our academic review board without whom none of this would be possible. I remain humbly grateful and thankful.
Be Well and Safe,
Greetings to the Diversity Business Review Readers:
I hope DBR readers will find this issue and future issues worthy of being a desk reference for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) solutions; providing insights and DEI transferable best practices. DBR exists because of our authors, our reviewers and our readers.
DBR’s contributors, reviewers and editorial staff worked diligently and professionally to ensure a scholarly, practical guide for DEI practitioners, executives, line management and human resources.
I would like to thank Pam McElvane, CEO & Publisher of the DBR and the Diversity MBA Magazine for her vision of publishing a Diversity Business Review written by DEI practitioners and reviewed by doctoral reviewers. Many thanks to the contributors and special thanks to the Vice Chair, Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., President, Arredondo Advisory Group, and the reviewers, who dedicated their time and expertise. The reviewers are, in alphabetical order: Charlotte Ashton, M.A., PhD, Head of Social & Cultural Consultation, Diversity MBA; Andrea E. Evans, PhD., Director, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and Tenured Professor, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois; Belinda Hartnett, PhD, PMP, Retired Major US Air Force, Sr. Program Manager/Analyst at Flatter Inc.; Linda Liang, PhD, President of Organizational Resources; Rodney Lowman, PhD, ABPP, ACC, Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Past Dean and Past Program Director, Organizational Psychology Programs, CSPP, Fellow of the APA; and Kathryn Welds, PhD, ABPP, ACC, Sr. Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Kaiser Permanente.
Thank you for joining us, as we embark on the next stage of diversity, equity and inclusion with DEI aligned with business strategy. May all organizations reach the integration stage of inclusion; being world-class culturally inclusive organizations; having their customers as their primary focus; and valuing their human capital and their communities.