What is Inspiring Diversity (“iD”)?
iD is a collaborative community with members of all backgrounds who inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals. To achieve its mission, iD:
iD is dedicated to people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, etc., and furthering their career potential. To read more about our mission, click here. To watch a video about iD, click here.
Who is the website for?
Individuals of all backgrounds who are seeking not only to connect to others, but also to reconnect with the experiences that have shaped them and their careers. It is a website for those interested in helping each other succeed by sharing experiences, inspiring stories, and other resources.
Organizations that are seeking to deepen their understanding of the experiences and perspectives of diverse talent. By leveraging unique insights provided on the iD platform, organizations can more efficiently find and nurture the best possible talent to help them achieve their organizational objectives. (Watch video.)
So is iD just another job placement site?
No. The primary goal of Inspiring Diversity is to engage, motivate, and galvanize professionals who deal with diverse challenges to share their experiences and inspire others facing or likely to face similar challenges in the workplace. Visitors will hopefully find others they can relate to, and learn about what their peers and role models have accomplished and how. Ultimately, we hope to motivate professionals to forge their own unique paths.
To the extent we can help make it easier for members of our community to become more visible for opportunities (jobs, promotions, or otherwise) that will help elevate them to achieve their goals, iD would like to make that possible.
What is ‘diversity’?
What does diversity mean to you? We don’t exclude anyone, based on color, creed, religion, sexuality, or any other ‘markers’ that people usually use to identify themselves. We are all shaped differently by our backgrounds and bringing these different perspectives together is important to building a thriving and inclusive community. (Watch video.)
What is P.O.L.I.N.G®?
Or rather, who is Po-Ling Ng? Read more about her here.
Based on Founder Betty Ng’s mother’s accomplishments, the P.O.L.I.N.G.® framework outlines some principles for success and impact (however personally defined). It stands for Priorities; Others; Lead; Inspire; Network; Grow. And to watch Betty Ng speak about it, click here.
How is P.O.L.I.N.G.® different from frameworks like STAR and PAR?
The P.O.L.I.N.G.® framework outlines principles for success and impact. P.O.L.I.N.G.® asks the individual to reflect deeper into a topic, and offer something personal that others can connect to on a more emotional level. By sharing and reading P.O.L.I.N.G.® stories, members of iD can experience the fulfillment that comes from helping others to succeed and from living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles - regardless of our backgrounds.
The STAR (Situation, Task, Action and Result) and PAR (Problem, Action, Result) frameworks are ways to structure your stories. In our site, we encourage individuals to use the STAR framework, as we believe that outlining the situation helps readers better understand the context and how they may be able to apply the lessons learned to situations they encounter. Besides, STAR is a structure that is often used for situational and behavioral interviewing, so it’s a great way to practice and to showcase effective storytelling!
Used together, the P.O.L.I.N.G.® and STAR frameworks are a powerful combination for impactful and inspirational story telling. For example, a story may be focused on how someone led, inspired, and networked to help others succeed. In telling the story of such success and impact, the “story teller” would be sure to summarize the situation, task, action and result.
Do I have to share my information?
At this stage, no. While we do hope that watching and reading about other people’s experiences will compel you to do the same, it is not required. We do respect people’s privacy and will not compromise it, especially as each individual’s sensitivity to his or her diverse nature is different.
What’s in store for the future?
Eventually, iD hopes to make it possible for visitors to register and maintain their own pages on the site, and make it possible to engage with other members in the community. (Watch Founder Betty Ng talk about the future of iD)