At AIM, we believe in a culture of diversity and inclusion. This guiding principle is instrumental in how we build our teams, cultivate leaders and create a collaborative and inclusive environment throughout the AIM network, which benefits our industry and our communities. Our inclusive culture supports diverse perspectives, drives courageous conversations, and empowers every individual in the AIM community to be their authentic selves, to be bold, to innovate, to connect, and ultimately, to grow stronger together. We are #AIMStrong.
Embracing diversity and inclusion has always been a core principle at AIM and essential to the organization’s future goals and vision. With more than 2200 members of the AIM organization, it is our mission to foster an inclusive environment that advocates for and is reflective of our entire community. The formation of the council is just the first step for AIM to be a driving force across the industry in delivering education and developing programs that support our mission and help to guide the promotional product community as a whole.
Katie Sessignon Taylor is Founder, President, and CEO of The Savvy Gift Giver, LLC. Her company’s aim is to build and strengthen business relationships through the power of gifting. Through the design, shipping, and packaging of extraordinary gifts, The Savvy Gift Giver, LLC embodies the possibility of sharing joy, opportunity, and creativity with the world.
As a minority business owner for over 25 years, Katie is committed to diversity and inclusion in her company and the business community at large. She believes these principles should be reflected in the foundation, administration, and customer base of any business.
Amy Williams, CAS, of distributor AB Unlimited Worldwide, is proud to serve as co-chair of the AIM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Along with the Committee, Ms. Williams is committed to promoting diversity within the promotional products industry, particularly in creating a pathway to diversity in leadership positions. She believes as a community, we need to better understand the conversations surrounding diversity and how these conversations impact the promotional products industry and the communities that we serve.
Building a company culture that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion can provide so many benefits to a brand, its employees, and clients – from fostering relationships within the organization to attracting a diverse client base and future talent. To help bring awareness to this invaluable movement, AIM has developed an education series to provide impactful experiences, ignite insightful conversations, and encourage meaningful relationships.
A Harvard panel review of why mental health should be included in diversity conversations.
2020 and Beyond: An in-depth look at DEI trends among corporations and organizations.
This helps define diversity, its benefits, and unique challenges, while providing steps beginners can take to foster diversity.
Tips for fostering diversity within your own workplace.
Provides important history on the necessity of diversity and inclusion, along with action steps to take.
Key ways to increase workplace diversity and inclusion.
A guide for management level associates on how to shift your mindset to be more inclusive and in turn create a more inclusive environment.
In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
A unique blend of encouragement, wisdom and practical insights, shared by remarkable female entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a budding female entrepreneur or an intrapreneur within a bigger company, the rich advice will stand you in good stead and undoubtedly inspire you.
A groundbreaking investigation into diversity and equality in the workplace, and a clarion call to the people in power who need to rethink their place in the boardroom and become part of the solution.
New York Times Bestseller and one of the 10 best books of the year.
Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle's death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American--grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Management expert Stefanie Johnson describes how employees have two basic desires: to fit into a group and to stand out as individuals. "Inclusify," provides a roadmap for leaders to bring out the best in others by not just embracing differences, but including them in workplace policies, in other words "inclusifying."
Sometimes bias comes out in the form of microaggressions, or indirect, often unintentional expressions of racism, sexism, ageism, or ableism. In this useful guide, Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran go through what to avoid saying and how to address microaggressions if you witness or experience them.
The #MeToo movement has changed nearly every industry in the US. Now, it's time for the movement to become more inclusive, economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett argues in her latest work. The book provides context for corporate leaders, reveals new data on sexual harassment in the workplace, and gives advice on how to make environments safer for marginalized people.
As the US workforce becomes more diverse, more mentors and mentees may come from different backgrounds. So how does one bridge the cultural gap? Authors Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary go through examples to illustrate how to become more aware, understanding, and effective in connecting with others.
One in four Americans has a disability, yet representation of their stories — especially their stories of success — is largely underrepresented. Al Etmanski, disability activist, community organizer, and author, seeks to change that in "The Power of Disability." His book offers 10 lessons everyone can learn from notable figures with disabilities including Greta Thunberg, Stephen Hawking, and more.
Applewhite shares her journey and experiences with ageism and looks at specific stereotypes that American society holds about older individuals. The author examines different aspects of ageism including ageism in the workplace and in relation to our health, while sharing the history of ageism in our society. By the end of the book, readers will have a better understanding of age discrimination and will be able to assess personal beliefs that may have contributed to ageism in and out of the workplace. Using humor, Applewhite is able to craft a compelling case for how we can combat our ageist beliefs.
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. “1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.
This multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, and how they play out in our lives and communities, discuss important topics that relate to creating diversity and inclusion in our world.