Cook Ross Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Cook Ross Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Adriana Rojas | October 6th, 2020 “Every Native American is a survivor, an anomaly, a surprise on earth. We were all slated for extinction before the march of progress. But surprise, we are progress. What was apparent to Native people long ago—the...
Inclusive Leadership: A Map to Weather The Storm

Inclusive Leadership: A Map to Weather The Storm

By Eric Peterson | May 22, 2020 Since I joined Cook Ross six and a half years ago – and indeed, throughout my 20-year career – I’ve spoken to a lot of business leaders about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA). Most of them are eager to hear what I...
It Will Work: Starbucks Gets it Right

It Will Work: Starbucks Gets it Right

I’ve read several pieces that express an opinion that the training day at Starbucks “won’t work.” I am reminded that one person or organization can significantly contribute to change; it was one woman, Rosa Parks, who galvanized the Civil Rights Movement; it was one...
When Do We Boycott?

When Do We Boycott?

Over the past few days the airways have been filled with news about Starbucks.  If you haven’t been hiding away somewhere then you know that two African American men were arrested for trespassing in a Philadelphia store, though they had committed no act other than to...
Unconscious Bias: Here Again (P.S. It Never Went Away)

Unconscious Bias: Here Again (P.S. It Never Went Away)

Of course, the decision to call the police on the two Black guys sitting and waiting at a Starbucks for a business meeting was an example of unconscious bias.  Seeing them sitting there, wanting to use the restroom, and not buying any food or drink made them seem...