In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, we are excited to highlight LGBTQ+ Innovators who have innovated “Beyond the Box” in their workplace and beyond.
Growing up as an Asian-American, I’ve struggled with what it means to be me – Am I too Asian? Am I too American? Why can’t I just be me? And what does it mean to innovate in your voice? Like all the past Beyond the Box series at InnovatorsBox, I’m excited to untangle how identity influences how we innovate and how you continue to pave new paths even if you don’t see someone who looks like you.
March is designated Women’s History Month, and honors women’s contributions in society throughout history.
The U.S., along with many countries worldwide, celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of positive change. This month’s theme was – “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” and recognizes the women who raised their voices in the battle for women’s suffrage. While it’s important to celebrate historical achievements, it’s also essential that we reflect upon our current challenges with suppressing women’s voices — in business and society as a whole.
February is a Black History Month and this year it marks the 45th anniversary of celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of the Black Americans.
Every year in February, America reflects on the continued struggle for racial justice. We add a social media post, follow along on trending hashtags like #blm or #blackhhistorymonth, and maybe even change our profile pictures to solid black for a day. But while those social gestures do help amplify the collective efforts of diversity initiatives, the systemic racism still persists in our communities and workplaces.
Technology has been making leaps and bounds for quite some time now, especially over the past decade. We now live in a world that has donned an electronic skin, where devices, gadgets, and sensors have outnumbered people. We used to go about our lives without smartphones just over 15 years ago – but today, technological advancements have moved, paced, and shifted our lives in a melodramatic fashion. And it can be difficult to catch up with the way the technology is making herculean jumps.
The healthcare industry is in a whirlwind of changes. Not only is the full apprehension and embracement of these changes necessary, but it’s also key to know that there is no magic wand to solve healthcare challenges. We are at an interesting time with innovations in healthcare where more and more practitioners are finding cross-industry values. From Healthcare and Education, to Healthcare and Technology, to Healthcare and Not-for-profits. This collaboration and synergy means solutions need to have a truly integrated approach.
The education sector is going through a process of regeneration. From the teaching and learning methods to the testing techniques; from the lunchroom to the playground; from what it means to go to school to what it really means to graduate. The renaissance of the industry that’s in a desperate need of change is happening already.
Ronald Reagan once said, “the role of government is to protect the people, not run their lives“. Thomas Jefferson said “the care of human life and happiness is the first and only object of a good government“. Like the two presidents, everyone, from presidents to citizens, seems to have varying opinions of what the government should and shouldn’t do.
HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN AN INDUSTRY THAT IS CHANGING SO RAPIDLY?
A lot has changed in media. It wasn’t so long ago that morning newspapers and evening news were the best ways to get the latest news. Today, everyone who has the internet and a free social media account can express their opinions. You can read the latest news on Facebook, learn how to cook international cuisines with Youtube videos, apply to jobs on LinkedIn, and learn about the deadliest international crisis via popular hashtags. Thanks to technology, access to information are becoming easier, cheaper and faster.
Food is one topic that gets everyone gitty and happy.
Sharing a good healthy meal for lunch can easily put you in a happy mood for the rest of your day. While the opposite can make you feel grumpy and even sick. That’s probably why we can’t get enough of it. We talk about it, take pictures of it, write about it, sing about it, create films about it, decorate with it, and even use it as company perks at big firms. This means that people who work in the food industry have to be constantly mindful, loving, and serious about their decisions in food preparation, selling, operating and delivering.