A Culturally Relevant Solution for Healing, Recovery, and Growth

THE CULTURE PULSE is an innovative approach to identifying key obstacles to growth and progress in multicultural communities and, most important, to generate sustainable and measurable solutions that align with the culture to ensure better outcomes.

Consider these recently published insights.

• USA Today published – About 865,000 women dropped out of the workforce, compared to 216,000 men. Overall, the United States job market added 661,000 jobs between August and September, according to the latest jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. 

• A study with Lean In and the 19th notes  – 1 in 4 women are considering downsizing their careers or leaving the workforce as a result of the damage wrought by COVID-19. It’s the first time in six years of research that the annual study has found evidence of women intending to leave their jobs at higher rates than men. 

• Of the women who dropped out of work last month, 324,000 were Latinas and 58,000 were Black women. 

• Unemployment went down for most groups last month, hitting 7.7% for all women, down from the peak of 15.5% in April and 7.4% for men, compared to 13% in April. But it remained in double digits for Black women, at 11.1%t, and for Latina women, at 11%t. 

• Latina women are in the only group for whom unemployment went up from August to September, rising from 10.5% in August.

• Harvard Business Review notes: But remember that it’s not your job to “fix” people. An employee who believes you see them as “broken” may worry that you don’t see them as capable or credible. Approach your colleagues with the mindset that they are resourceful, able, and may need your support but not necessarily solutions. Finally, be sure to really listen without judging your employee or projecting your own experiences onto them. Opening up an honest discussion about mental health may be just what your team needs right now.


PPDG has curated a solution to work with Industry, Life Sciences and Employers to engage on long-standing issues and build capacity for two areas

• Health Equity

• Mental Health of Black Women Leaders

THE CULTURE PULSE is an innovative approach to identifying key obstacles to growth and progress in multicultural communities and, most important, to generate sustainable and measurable solutions that align with the culture to ensure better outcomes.

African American communities have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and require tailored solutions, specifically designed to take root and deliver needed results. The Hood is an innovative approach to identifying key impediments to growth and progress in African American communities and, most important, to generate solutions that align with the culture to ensure better outcomes. Within the overarching goal of improvement and growth of the African American population our solutions are developed and implemented in an eco-system purposefully designed “real-time” to be culturally relevant. Initiatives are delivered over a three-year pilot cycle based on existing and emerging data that is relevant and representative of current African American consumer market segmentation. Real-time solutions entail pinpointing the critical drivers and needs associated with the current Pandemic, through the recovery period as we establish the next normal. 

Monica Poulard Hawkins
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Monica Poulard Hawkins is Founder, CEO and Connector of Professional Pipeline Development Group (PPDG), a boutique management consulting firm that houses world-class thought leaders, strategists, and business executives in serving its client base of Fortune & Global 1000 Corporations, Heads of State, and Non-Profits. We work to help them reimagine their organizations for the future ad build capacity for impact in new ways.

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