From deep inside the bowels of Fortune 500 America a reader forwards this invitation from the Vice President for Global Inclusion & Staffing over at General Mills corporate headquarters in Minneapolis (contact information omitted). What kind of Global Inclusion is it that leaves you out? This kind:Instapundit linked to this, saying "I wonder if this VP in charge of “inclusion” will include Trump supporters in his dialogue," and received a followup email:
From: Isabel Gonzalez On Behalf Of Kenneth Charles
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:08 AM
Subject: You’re invited to the Exchange – Today 4:00 to 6:00
To our Employee Network & WIL members,
In the spirit of Courageous Conversations, I wanted to acknowledge that this week has been an emotional one for many in our GMI family.
The divisiveness of our election has left us with many questions and no easy answers. I’ve come to appreciate that sometimes it just helps to get together with our GMI community and share what’s on our minds.
I’m hoping you’ll accept this invitation to join me in the cafeteria tomorrow at The Exchange to simply connect and engage. No agenda, no discussion topics – just fellowship.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Ken Charles | General Mills, Inc.
Vice President – Global Inclusion & Staffing
Instapundit, who when he's not being a blogger is a law professor, writesI worked over 15 years at General Mills, and what’s critical to note is that the addressing of Ken Charles’s note – “Employee Network & WIL Network” – means that everybody but white males is invited to his little soiree. The Employee Networks are all the racially delineated corporate support groups, and WIL is Women in Leadership.
This is appalling and embarrassing – but not at all surprising. The company’s latest news is that their Chief Marketing Officer, Ann Simonds, has launched a search for a new ad agency that requires the applicants to have 50% women and 20% women of color in their creative departments to even be considered. Seeing that in the news, and knowing how horribly their US sales have tanked, made me think repeatedly of your quip about the business results of companies that go full-SJW.
Feel free to use my words but not my name – I still have to make a living in the corporate world, where this kind of talk is double-plus-ungood, unfortunately.
"When SJW-talk comes in, profits go out. Also, events that exclude people because of race and gender are illegal. We need some folks willing to file lawsuits."But neither he nor Scott Johnson thought to point out that the "Vice President – Global Inclusion & Staffing" is a black guy. I knew, though. The guy who does that job at large corporations is always a black guy.
But I think he'd consider Trump voters the wrong kind of diversity.