Mission

TAG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has the mission to assist professionals within technology and tech-driven companies with the development and management of their human resources and diversity initiatives, and to increase awareness regarding the positive impact on business goals when diversity is leveraged within organizations.

We understand all companies are different, with workplaces experiencing wide varieties and varying degrees of cultural, ethnic, generational, gender and lifestyle influences; it takes many ingredients to make a successful organization and we focus on the positive interaction that takes place with HR and Diversity.

Goal

Our goal is to provide a forum for sharing innovative best practices for promoting diversity, collaborating directly on new ideas and creating networking opportunities for our members.

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Announcing TAG D&I Voices

Announcing TAG D&I Voices

A new series to amplify diverse voices in tech. Join TAG D&I in sharing your story, and listen to other voices from our community.

TAG D&I Voices
Inclusion Driving Innovation | December 1, 2022

Inclusion Driving Innovation | December 1, 2022

CONVERGE is a summit for dialogue and education that focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Workforce Development issues we are facing in the technology community. The event will highlight trailblazers who are creating a powerful ethos across the technology community to keep companies globally competitive and to foster the next generation that will drive innovation and Georgia’s economy.

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Diversity Leadership Awards

TAG honors top companies and organizations that embrace and embody inclusion and serve as stewards of our community fostering innovation.

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Professional Development Reading List

Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (Without Money or Muscle)<br />by Deepak Malhotra

Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (Without Money or Muscle)
by Deepak Malhotra

Harvard professor (and negotiation advisor to organizations around the world) Deepak Malhotra shows how to defuse even the most potentially explosive situations and to find success when things seem impossible. He also shows how these same principles and tactics can be applied in everyday life, whether you are making corporate deals, negotiating job offers, resolving business disputes, tackling obstacles in personal relationships, or even negotiating with children.

      • Marline Thomas, Global IT OCIO Director at Orbia
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Measure What Matters<br />by John Doerr

Measure What Matters
by John Doerr

A handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals. Through his book and platform, WhatMatters.com, he shares valuable lessons from some of the most fearless innovators of our time.

      • Marline Thomas, Global IT OCIO Director at Orbia
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Experimentation Works, The Surprising Power of Business Experiments<br />by Stephen H. Thomke

Experimentation Works, The Surprising Power of Business Experiments
by Stephen H. Thomke

This is one of my all-time favorites! It teaches the power of embracing an experimentation culture, trying new things and introduce new customer experiences without being afraid to try something new in an effort to test and innovate. This book shows you the true value of learning from failure which are really lessons learned! An awesome read!

      • Lisa S. Jones, Chief EyeMail Officer at EyeMail Inc.
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Selling 101<br />by Zig Ziglar

Selling 101
by Zig Ziglar

I enjoy this old-school book published in 2003 because the wisdom shared is ever green. The book teaches that in both personal and business life, the most important thing to have and build is Trust. I admire core principles in this special little book once of my favorites: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. This has been my discovery and journey and I love this book, during all seasons!

      • Lisa S. Jones, Chief EyeMail Officer at EyeMail Inc.
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Reinventing You<br />by Dorie Clark

Reinventing You
by Dorie Clark

The author provides you a step-by step guide on how to assess your strengths and weaknesses whether you’re looking to build new skills and or exploring new interests. In addition, it provides you a “self-assessment” worksheet at the end of the book for you to complete from defining your skills to understanding what your value is. I greatly recommend this book to anyone starting a new career or wanting to strengthen their reputation in their chosen field.

      • Bebita Metellus, Campaign Manager at Effectv
        TAG DE&I Society Marketing Team

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Think Like a Breadwinner<br />by Jennifer Barrett

Think Like a Breadwinner
by Jennifer Barrett

Financial expert Jennifer Barrett reframes what it really means to be a breadwinner. By dismantling the narrative that women don’t–and shouldn’t–take full financial responsibility to create the lives they want, she reveals not only the importance of women building their own wealth, but also the freedom and power that comes with it.

      • Sallie Wright
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Lose the Resume, Land the Job<br />by Gary Burnison

Lose the Resume, Land the Job
by Gary Burnison

The book gleans insights and stories (the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly) from Korn Ferry recruiters across the globe who work with thousands of candidates each day. It helps you gain a deeper perspective on who you are, what you’re passionate about, the cultures in which you fit, the kind of bosses you should work for, and where you can bring the most value.

      • Sallie Wright
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Starship Troopers<br />by Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein

It is not a classic business self-help book, but it was required reading for when I was in the military and is a great book on leadership and sacrifice. I love this book and re-read it often. However, do not watch the movie, it is not even close to the book.

      • Adam Moore, Director of Supplier Diversity at Truist
        TAG DE&I Society Board Chair

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Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual<br />by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual
by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones is about overcoming fear and self-doubt, knowing your worth, and owning your power. This book encouraged me to reflect on my skills, gifts, and talents. After reading this book, I felt inspired and assured in my capabilities and responded to Luvvie’s call to action to create an “Oríkì ” – oral praise poetry of the indigenous Yórùbá communities of Western Africa.

      • LaShaun Solomon, Revenue Operations Manager at Effectv – A Comcast Company
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team & Digital Marketing Director

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Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works<br />by A.G. Lafley, and Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
by A.G. Lafley, and Roger L. Martin

Lafley and Martin have created a set of five essential strategic choices: What is our winning aspiration? Where will we play? How will we win? What capabilities must we have in place to win? What management systems are required to support our choices? Using these strategics choices will help leaders in any type of organization how to guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals built around the clear, essential elements that determine business success— where to play and how to win.

      • Marline Thomas, Global IT OCIO Director at Orbia
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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The Learned-it-in-Queens Communication Playbook, Winning Against Digital Distraction<br />by Julianne B. Ryan

The Learned-it-in-Queens Communication Playbook, Winning Against Digital Distraction
by Julianne B. Ryan

This communications playbook combines humor and insights to deliver a must-read for any person seeking to improve their communication skills in a meaningful way both professionally and personally. A quick but impactful read.

      • Lisa S. Jones, Chief EyeMail Officer at Eye Mail Inc.
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job<br />by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job
by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Sally and Marshall identify the twelve habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might be sabotaging their future success.

      • Sallie Wright
        TAG DE&I Society Board, Exec Team

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Society Board

LaShaun Solomon
Society Board Chair

Pyramid Consulting, Inc.

Cassia Baker
Sponsorship Lead

The Woodruff Arts Center

Meridian Buckner-Swain
Marketing Lead

Ayanna Kennedy
Events Lead

Atlanta Housing Authority

Mary McCorvey
Membership Lead

FLEETCOR

Bebita Metellus
Society Vice-Chair

Effectv-- A Comcast Company

Society Committee Members

  • Jovanny Aguilar, MapHabit
  • Justin Alemazkour, 21 Solutions Group
  • Paquel Austin, Deluxe
  • Langston Bates, Honeywell
  • Jeremy Bennett, Mercer University
  • Sujay Dalal, Mohr Partners
  • Odie Gray, Diversity Cyber Council
  • Ashley Hearn
  • Terry Keebaugh, TCS
  • Collen Reedy, Accenture
  • Javin Rudolph, Grant Thorton
  • Vivan Shandilya
  • Erin Smith, Jabian Consulting
  • Kendra Strickland, Georgia Tech
  • Michael Sullivan, Southern Company
  • Develle Turner, Deluxe
  • Crystal Williams, FLEETCOR

Recent Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News

TAG Converge Conference Returns to Atlanta In-Person on December 1st

A workforce-centered conference, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the technology workplace.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Connecting Founders and Funders, Venture Atlanta Moves FORWARD With Its 2022 Lineup of Most Innovative Tech Companies

Southeast’s leading VC conference announces 85 presenting/showcase companies and 90+ event sponsors.

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TriNet Announces Enrich™ 

TriNet, a leading provider of comprehensive HR for SMBs announced the launch of Enrich™, a revolutionary product line that will allow its customers to expand the benefits they offer their employees. Enrich Access will allow TriNet customers to offer tax-free travel reimbursements to their employees for medical care received far from their home. Enrich Adopt will allow TriNet customers to offer their employees tax-favored reimbursements for expenses incurred during the adoption process.

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