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Inclusion starts at home

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: Details Spotify made news earlier this month when the steaming service announced it was implementing a flexible holiday policy. In recognition of its diverse workforce, which is made up of 90 nationalities, the startup said it will allow its employees to choose which public holidays they take off work to celebrate. For example, a Spotify employee can opt to work on Christmas Day and not on a holiday more meaningful to their culture, religion or lifestyle.This is just one example of the many ways more firms – from legacy to startup – are taking intentional steps to become inclusive. These organizations understand that opening their services to more people, particularly the underserved, is not only the right thing to do; it’s also good business. And yet, to foster inclusion externally, they must first be able to demonstrate they are doing it internally. More credit union leaders are taking meaningful steps toward advancing financial inclusion specifically in their communities. Providing underserved individuals with financial services that are both affordable and enveloped by financial education can have tremendous impact on a city, town, village or neighborhood. However, it’s far from simple, especially for credit unions looking to execute financial inclusion strategies for the first time.  Chief among the challenges is that financial inclusion is a two-way street. A credit union can offer up fair, dignified, affordable and culturally relevant services, but if community members don’t take action, the impact of those products and services is nullified. To inspire that action, credit unions have to come from a position of authenticity. In other words, community members – particularly those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with traditional financial institutions – want to see certain things from the credit union. Employees who look like them, communications that speak to them and experiences that feel real to them are crucial to encouraging underserved individuals to give credit union membership real consideration.Some leaders are limited in the way they think about diversity, which can also influence how they think about inclusion. While it is important to ensure the people who make your credit union run are ethnically and culturally diverse, it’s also true that the cooperative will benefit from the thought leadership of individuals from diverse age groups, education levels and socio-economic classes. The latter of these segments is becoming important to more credit unions today than ever before. Coopera will soon release a white paper on this very topic, including concrete ideas for fostering inclusion from the inside out. Watch for news of its release here on last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Nitish Rana aims to remain consistent until end of tournament

first_img New Delhi: Nitish Rana made a great start in the 2019 Indian Premier League with 68 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the opening game while he smashed 63 off 37 against Kings XI Punjab in the second game. Rana’s consistency in the middle order has boosted the two-time IPL champions and has helped them team reach the top of the table. However, Rana is aware that he had started off in a similar vein in the 2018 edition of the tournament. After a solid showing, his form slipped away and he ended up with just 304 runs at an average of 23.38. Speaking after the 28-run win against Kings XI Punjab, Rana said he was aware of how his progress was last year and he want to sustain it.“”I haven’t thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the later half of the tournament,” Rana said after the win. “So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in till the end of the tournament.”        Rana did not have a good season with Delhi in the domestic circuit, managing just 147 runs form 10 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches in the Ranji Trophy. Disturbed by his poor form, the top order KKR batsman spent some time at the Mumbai-based KKR Academy speaking to Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik. “I did not work on batting as such but I worked on the mental toughness. KKR academy was quite helpful in that sense because I got one-on-one time with Abhishek bhaiya and DK bhaiya. They helped me clear self doubts. Now, I feel, I’ve become a better player.”   RELATED      Having impressed at different batting positions, Rana said, “That’s the sign of a good team. My plan was clear — to hit a loose ball and then, let DK (Dinesh Karthik) or (Andre) Russell take over for the last four-five overs.”  Four of his seven sixes came against India’s top off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but Rana said the attack was not pre-planned. “I was just trying to build my innings. I was taking it ball by ball at the start and then when I thought I could charge, I did that. It doesn’t matter for me who the bowler is. My game plan was simple. I thought that was the time to attack and I did. That was the plan for the two overs — of Ashwin and South African pacer (Hardus Viljoen).”            Rana also hailed Andre Russell’s 17-ball 48 and said the lifeline, when the Jamaican survived owing to a no ball, gave them 20-25 runs extra. “Having 218/4 definitely worked in our favour, how Russell got a lifeline and that probably gave us those 20-25 runs extra. But even if we had 180 or 200, we would have fought this hard. It wasn’t very easy (to chase) because the ball started seaming in the second innings.”-With PTI inputs- Andre Russell escaped a no-ball from Mohammed Shami.Kings XI Punjab lost by 28 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders.Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more