Submit Related Articles Betting turns to Tote dynamics to engage esports crowds February 12, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Kelly Kehn – All-in DiversityThis week, employers across the country participate in ‘National Inclusion Week’, which aims to promote wider diversity and inclusion across a number of different sectors. For global gambling, All-In Diversity Project (AiDP) continues to work towards establishing more inclusive corporate frameworks and cultures.Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, assess how incumbents have progressed on its inclusion directives, tackling complex issues that challenge the foundations and future development of the industry…_________________The last few years have seen the topic of diversity and inclusion go from one company -NetEnt committing to 50% gender parity in 2015 to a topic that is covered in the trade press just about every month. I think we can all accept the business case that workforce diversity is beneficial to a business’s commercial success. Just to offer some statistics: Boston Consulting Group ran a study in 2018 that found that diversity is beneficial to your bottom line, 19% more to be exact; while a McKinsey study of 22,000 publicly-traded companies in 91 countries, found that companies with 30% female executives take in as much as 6% more in profits.And here are the two that get rolled out at every panel discussion on the topic: Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competitors and; racially diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competition. We get it. We want more diversity. Check. And let’s say we get what want. Let’s say the tides turn and everyone wants to work in betting and gaming. Let’s say we wake up tomorrow and we have a workforce that reflects our customer base. Now what? Have we won? Time to put our feet up and watch the profits roll in? All that innovation we were missing, is it on the way? The obvious answer is no but I think a further examination of the topic might reveal where we as an industry have significant room to grow. Not only do we need representation, but we need the involvement of that representation in order to be successful. Inclusion is the part where we value the talent at all levels of our business, the part where an employee is contributing positively to the business, the part where he, she (they) is engaged in the work. Inclusion speaks to the very culture of a business and if we don’t embrace the need for change, we suffer when it comes to talent management, profitability, innovation, managing risk and of course, there’s that pesky image problem. Are we, as an industry, inclusive? The short answer is not yet. Is progress being made? Yes. Can we be inclusive? Absolutely. Here’s why I think so. Let’s start with gender. We as an industry aren’t closing the gender pay gap. In the UK, the median pay gap for the industry is actually up 0.5% and the number of bonuses paid is up 0.4% for men and down 0.4% for women. That said, the number of women at Board and C level is slowly increasing, and conferences and expos are starting to shed their outdated practices and making things friendlier for women in business. Still, all conferences in our industry still have an overwhelming majority of men as speakers, magazines still favour the male experts, and in a recent article by Ewa Bakun, just 4 of the 280+ startups who have participated in pitches at Clarion events over the years have been female. Finally, I recently was part of a discussion about the gender makeup of recruitment databases and in the process of selling their services, one recruiter pointed out that women generally command £20-£30,000 less than their male counterparts so it only makes financial sense. (I’ll pause here and let that one sink in). In the 2018 All-Index report on industry workforce, the study revealed that overall, the industry is almost 50/50 male/female. (Box ticked). Look closer though and the roles which carry decision-making power are still 80% male. suggesting that the way we value one over the other is grossly unbalanced. I, unfortunately, don’t have as many compelling statistics to demonstrate the same for race, disability, sexual orientation, etc. I don’t hear conversations about how we are falling down in these areas but then again, I don’t see many who may be from these groups. Are we good here? Or is it more that we as an industry we haven’t even begun to address other forms of diversity? I can’t say that I’ve ever heard one conversation about making our industry more accessible or how progressive policies like same-sex partner health coverage are game-changers for how we recruit/retain our best. Those points haven’t been raised because we haven’t included these needs as important to our strategy. To my point above, we don’t value the talent equally. I said in the beginning of my argument that this industry has the potential to be inclusive and I believe that is the case. In the last 5 years, I’ve seen HR become part of the C-suite and have a say in business strategy. This is the first step in making progress. I see companies investing significant amounts of time and money in learning and development. I see a focus on graduate programs and employer brand. We need the talent and we are young enough that culture shift isn’t undoing centuries of bad habits. If I were to end this article with one piece of advice, I’d say this: The companies that are most successful in this area make diversity & inclusion part of their whole company ethos. It’s part of every department at every seniority level. It’s pervasive throughout their culture. They don’t appoint one person to “do D&I” and then walk away with their fingers crossed. The senior leadership makes it part of the culture and part of the brand. If we want to be a better more “inclusive” industry, then we have to work on how we value our talent across the board, how we support everyone (not just the ones who look like a CEO) and how we engage them every day.__________________Kelly Kehn – Co-founder of All-in Diversity Project
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Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down BoardChanges · 378 weeks ago We need to put less emphasis on hiring coaches, and more emphasis on hiring teachers. Nothing against Eric, I just think we need to refocus. Report Reply 6 replies · active 378 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Jaedyn Ledesma · 378 weeks ago We are one lucky group of girls! excited for the season to start! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 378 weeks ago After seeing these posts, I thought I’d weigh on something that I thought was interesting at Sunday’s graduation. Wellington’s two Valedictorians are great athletes. Megan Campbell is the state record holder in the 100 meter dash and Shanlyn Hefley is the starting pitcher for the girls softball team and a very good one. Both of these girls are going to go far in life. I also observed that most of the people winning scholarships on Sunday also participated in sports even if they weren’t stars. I truly believe sports enhances your education, not hinders it. By no coincidence Conway Springs and Andale always have some of the best state assessment scores out there. Report Reply 2 replies · active 378 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 378 weeks ago Pretty sad indviduals have to log on and do nothing but tear down the positives that people do. Job opening was open the board hired and we should wish those individuals a congratulations and those that are leaving wish them luck for the future and be proud to say they played a part in our youths development along with their own. I am proud tosay my kids feel that have great teachers that work extremely hard for their education as I hold my children to a standard tobe the best student athelete they can be. All in all I believe my kids have been prepped to suceed. Congrats to all of the new hires, teacher, staff, and coaches. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down proudmama · 377 weeks ago I agree with Cueball, Well-Rounded and whsfan. I think it is what you expect out of your kids that matters and that as parents you care and are just as involved with their education as your kids are. I have a couple of sporty kids who are also in the top 10 of their classes. I tell my kids all the time that I appreciate the hard work they do in school because it is not easy to do sports and keep top grades. I also believe that kids in activities (such as sports or community activities) prepare them to be the best they can be and, hopefully, stay out of trouble. I think the teachers here in Wellington are among the finest in this area. Congratulations to Eric! My kids have played for him in the past and I know for a fact that he does expect his team to do the best they can, both on and off the court. Congratulations to Coach Hackerott, also! He is a great person and I wish only the best for him and his family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Eric Adams, a Wellington High School graduate and former head girls basketball coach at South Haven, was officially hired as the new head girls basketball in 2013-14.Adams will replace Kevin Hackerott, who has been at the Wellington helm the past five seasons.Adams was the head girls basketball coach at South Haven for the 2012-13 season, having led the Cardinals to the Class 1A-Division 1 girls basketball state tournament in Emporia during his first and only season there.Before this year he was the eighth grade Wellington girls basketball coach, having coached the team to multiple Pioneer League titles.Adams had resigned last week at South Haven in anticipation of getting the Class 4A job. The Wellington school board made the hire after a 45 and 30 minute executive session Monday night. The board usually meets on Thursday, but met Monday because of Class Night conflicting last week. In other USD 353 employment news:Â Those hired at USD 353:â€¢Paula Edwards – fourth grade teacher, Kennedy elementary;â€¢Angela Luna – teaching position at Roosevelt school;â€¢Hillary Hulman – ESOL/Foreign Language teacher 2013-14 school year;â€¢Keith Loper – Wellington High School Special Education teacher 2013-14 school year.Non-renewals:â€¢Tracy Longberg, Wellington High School.Resignations:â€¢Lynette Hibbs, first grade teacher;â€¢Kevin Hackerott, teacher, head girls basketball coach;â€¢Jennifer Wolff, special education instructor at Lincoln Elementary;â€¢Michelle Cantrell, instructor at Roosevelt School.Transfers:Hilda Chandler – special ed para to Lincoln Elementary library aid.Courtney Wiens – special para to custodian.
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