WBE Certifications & Credentials

Are there any certificates or specific credentials that KiRated Communications has earned?

New York State WBE certificates & credentials

Kirated is a NY State Certified WBE Women’s Business Enterprise. At KiR Co, we are proud to be recognized as a NYS WBE. We have received certification as a New York State Women’s Business Enterprise. Awarded by the New York State Division of Minority and Women’s Development, the NYS WBE is granted to applicant companies in New York State that have been in business for more than two years and are 51% female owned and led.

National WBE Certificates & credentials

WBE certifications & credentials, as far as national certification and credentials, KiRated has applied for and been awarded as WBE by the National Council as well. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, WBENC, is the certifying entity for companies which do business across the United States. The WBENC has recognized KiRated LLC as a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and also as a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Why does it matter?

It is widely known that, organizations that actively hire, train and retain a diverse work force are more successful than companies that are less diverse. Similarly, companies with diverse workforce and suppliers have seen how diversity & inclusion drives innovation. In this day and age it should be clear.

Yes. There is a business case for DEI. Companies benefit from working with outlets that embrace diversity.

Graphic Quote: "The best ideas emerge when very different perspectives meet." Frans Joahansson Author of Medici Effect: what you can learn from elephants and epidemics.

Beyond WBE certifications & credentials

Professional Development & Training credentials

For me, professionally, learning about DEI and the impact on business began formally in 2005.

This is when I first read “The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures” by Frans Johansson. In fact, not only did I read the book, but I was lucky enough to attend a half day seminar with the author.

Cultural Diversity. Quote graphic from Frans Johansson, Author, entrepreneur, public speaker. Quote from the Medici effet: what you can learn from elephants and epidemics.

Frans Johansson, was a featured keynote at a DEI event that became a critical part of my corporate training. I recall Frans as a charismatic, thoughtful and impactful speaker. He described living at the intersection of so many different origins. He told stories about his life and how his experiences shaped his ideas. The subtitle of the book is, “What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation”.

If you haven’t read The Medici Effect, I highly recommend picking up a copy at your favorite bookstore or buying the audible.
graphic with black background and words in green font that say" Invite people into your life that don't look or think like you" Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments

Learning & Development, beyond WBE certifications & credentials…..

As a Vice President within a large organization, I participated in many training programs. These included both formal & informal training programs. As a manager of a team of people, I developed a training program to help new to corporate employees navigate the workday, as well as learn about how their tasks fed into the rest of the department and organization. There was everything from bi-weekly internal staff training, to annual audited online classes which were mandatory for all employees. We even had an annual VP meeting, with leadership from across the US gathering to focus on whatever the topic du jour was. Training included annual ethics programs, a series on unconscious bias, company wide anti-harassment training, executive leadership seminars and 1:1 HVT coaching. Sometimes there would be an outside trainer, from Korn, Ferry or, Bain leading the conversation. Other times it was an internal human resources led program or a talk from a CEO within the holding company. We would have training and then break into smaller groups to break down our learnings and share experiences.

So yes, I am an experienced people manager. I have had hiring, training, retention, & onboarding & off-boarding responsibilities. As a manager, I developed and led my own training sessions and attended many others.

With all of my training, experience and credentials, I am able to navigate the most treacherous corporate landscape. I will handle any challenges with employees, vendors or situations, with a professional and strategic approach.

Graphic quote. Black back ground with white font with a leadership quote: I learned to always take on things I'd never done before. Growth and comfort do not co-exist. Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman, IBB

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Learn about the benefits of working with a diverse supply chain in this article by Bain. “When companies make diversity part of their procurement strategy, society—and their own business—benefits,” Bain & Company report.