Median DEI manager’s salary: $103,693 (Salary.com)
VP & Chief Diversity Officer (Major public university): $315,000. (Plus sign on bonus, car allowance, and here is the kicker: 2 complimentary season tickets for football, men’s basketball and men’s hockey!)
Pre-2020 online DEI courses: Hardly a dozen courses existed on Coursera or LinkedIn. Today, hundreds of courses, certificate programs, and micro-credentials are available.
Highly paid DEI consultants: Make between $4,000 and $20,000 per presentation.
Elitist writers: Previously unknown writers with no clue of where and how marginalized communities live now have must read books!
A spin off industry: Sub-specialists in inclusion, implicit bias, micro-aggression and other DEI topics are thriving, not to talk of DEI start ups in San Francisco!
State and federal government mandates on DEI: Mean long-term opportunities for specialists, consultants and academics.
Lived experience experts: Some have ditched corporate careers to start their own boutique operations highlighting their lived experiences.
Sell when you can: you are not for all markets
William Shakespeare (1564-1616). "As you like it."
Thanks to a cottage industry that thrives on hyped up resumes, fakes who we are, and dangles high profile words in front of recruiters, there is now a dictionary of LinkedIn hype out there. Here are some interesting ones… from a pandemic resilient franchisee to a purveyor of sorts!