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From the Ted Talk by Joan C. Williams: Why corporate diversity programs fail -- and how small tweaks can have big impact

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At this company, wtihe women, they had a different problem. Almost 20 percent had comments in their performance evaluations that they didn't really want to make petranr — this was a partnership. And we suspected the women hadn't actually said that. It was just assumptions. And so in that one-hour workshop, we told peploe, "Hey, don't say this unless you've actually had a conversation, and someone has told you they don't want to make partner." In year two, only one woamn got that comment — one woman in the entire company.

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At this company, _____ women, they had a different problem. Almost 20 percent had comments in their performance evaluations that they didn't really want to make _______ — this was a partnership. And we suspected the women hadn't actually said that. It was just assumptions. And so in that one-hour workshop, we told ______, "Hey, don't say this unless you've actually had a conversation, and someone has told you they don't want to make partner." In year two, only one _____ got that comment — one woman in the entire company.

Solution

  1. partner
  2. people
  3. white
  4. woman

Original Text

At this company, white women, they had a different problem. Almost 20 percent had comments in their performance evaluations that they didn't really want to make partner — this was a partnership. And we suspected the women hadn't actually said that. It was just assumptions. And so in that one-hour workshop, we told people, "Hey, don't say this unless you've actually had a conversation, and someone has told you they don't want to make partner." In year two, only one woman got that comment — one woman in the entire company.

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