Gender Scholar Unpacks The "Hidden Brain Drain" Companies Face

Sylvia Hewlett consults organizations worldwide on the value of diversity in

their ranks. In her conversation with Big Think this afternoon, she had

one message for companies: shun women and minorities at your peril.

Task Force Director at the Center for Work-Life Policy, Hewlett is regularly turned to for her expertise on leveraging minority talent.

A recession, Hewlett said, was an optimal time for managers to consider the value of diversity in their companies. She reflected that an organizational lack of women and minorities is not only a drain on human capital but, more importantly, doesn't reflect the demographics of the professional globe at the moment.

Two particular trouble spots, Hewlett noted, were India and China where

"sophisticated takes on the value of diversity" like hers are not even on most

companies' radars.

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In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

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  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
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Project 100,000: The Vietnam War's cruel and deadly experiment

Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?

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  • During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
  • The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
  • Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
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Here's how diverse the 116th Congress is set to become

The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.

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  • Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
  • In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
  • Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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