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Monday
Sep102012

Making the D&I Connection

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Saturday
Sep012012

Looking for a job? Do your homework!!

My 10 minute guide to investigating a company's "Commitment to Diversity"


By Fields Jackson
CEO, Racing Toward Diversity magazine

Before you send in that resume for the job you found posted on line - visit the local library, pull out your laptop or smart phone and check out a few items on the company. I have listed 7 quick checks.  Short on time? Pick four of the seven, in no particular order and get a good indication of a companies level of commitment.

1)  Board of Directors.  

Quick check of the board's make up.  Normally found on the investor relations page of the company web site.  Male vs female can give you a good first impression.  But don't stop - cannot always judge a book or company by it's cover.

2)   Senior staff/Executive composition.  

Normally found on the "About Us" page of the web site.  Another snap shot - may change your first impression. But again, don't stop - we suggest if you only have 10 minutes before the interview check two more.  If you have time, we suggest all seven.  Besides - look how prepared you will be for the interview

3)   Partnerships - Networks - Affiliations  

One of the major themes at Racing Toward Diversity magazine is "It's the Company you Keep". Just as in every day life, you can learn a tremendous amount about a person or group by the company they keep. Who they select as references or affiliations, Well the same holds true for companies and organizations,  What national or local affiliations are on their web site?  Is it a one way conversation? Or do the affiliations they mention - say the same thing about the company on their web site?  Two way conversations make it easy to see the company has moved beyond words on the company mission statement.

4)  Supplier vendor programs and event participation.  

Check out local or national supplier diversity, small business or entrepreneur events.  Does the company attend, sponsor, participate?

5)  Diversity job fairs?  

Check out local or national job fairs held with Chambers of Commerce, colleges or universities.  Does the company participate?  

6)  Active social media conversations. (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). 

Tweets, "Likes" - Conversation, conventions, meetings with diversity thought leaders, diversity organizations, summits or conferences. Can the company "Walk the Talk" or is all the diversity communication one way via their company press release?

7)  Lastly - for those "Two Minute" managers 

Google the company or organization's name and the word diversity. If you have to go beyond page 2 - Stop, you have your answer.

 

Thursday
Aug302012

Liberty Tax Service/Una Famila sin Fronteras is proud to contribute $100,000 to

2012/2013 IME Scholarship Program

 

100% of the funds will be assigned to aid students 

 

VIRGINIA BEACH (July 24, 2012) – Liberty Tax Service continues to expand its Hispanic market educational initiative by supporting the IME Scholarship Program, (“Instituto for Mexicans in the Exterior”), as well as its Consulate community learning centers across the United States and other numerous programs with funding of over a $100,000.  Students who qualify will for the IME Becas program have the opportunity to participate in this ongoing effort to raise educational levels and access to continuing education.

Martee Pierson, Director of Diversity Programs for Liberty Tax Service & Executive Director of Liberty’s Una Familia sin Fronteras Foundation, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be able to continue our longstanding relationship and contribution to the IME Scholarship Program “For a Better Life” which supports and encourages immigrant students to pursue continuing education. The program not only helps students obtain the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in life, but also gives them “hope for a better life” and future. It is a priority for Liberty Tax Service to provide educational opportunities to our growing Latino community in an effort to help them more successfully enter our mainstream economy.”

"We are very happy to continue our extraordinary partnership with Liberty Tax Service and the Una Familia sin Fronteras Foundation, “commented Mr. Javier Díaz de Leon, Executive Director of the IME. "Our continued relationship reflects and solidifies Liberty’s longstanding commitment to financial and fiscal education for Mexican nationals and Hispanics in general residing in the United States.”  

The IME Scholarship Program will hold its kick-off event on Tuesday, July 31st 2012 at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, California. The program is supported by the Mexican Government, and is designed to support Mexican and Mexican American students in the United States. Grants are provided to educational nonprofit organizations, universities and community colleges, which in turn provide scholarships to students interested in continuing their education. The program subsidizes the studies of college/university students pursuing higher education or a university degree. Additionally, IME Scholarship Programs pay for short courses or training programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED.

Approximately 30,000 students have benefited from IME Scholarships since 2005. For more information, please visit www.ime.gob.mx

Liberty’s Una Familia Sin Fronteras is an educational outreach program that brings financial and fiscal education seminars and courses to Hispanic communities across the nation, at no cost. Courses and seminars are taught in Spanish and many qualify for college credits through the University of Phoenix. Partnering with over 400 public sector and governmental agencies nationally, including school districts, universities, the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, The U. S. Dept. of Education and its FAFSA program, nonprofits, Mexican Consulates, Headstarts, churches, and libraries, to name a few, Liberty Tax Service has kept FREE outreach education services and higher education opportunities as the focus of the Una Familia Sin Fronteras corporate initiative and Foundation.

 

To date, the Una Familia Sin Fronteras initiative and Foundation have reached hundreds of thousands of Hispanics across the U.S. with FREE vital information that will help them more successfully enter our mainstream economy. For information on the Una Familia Sin Fronteras Initiative and Foundation, please contact Martee Pierson at martee.pierson@libtax.com or at 800.790.3863.

 

 

About Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service (NYSE:TAX) is the fastest-growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history. Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 9,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 42 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (NYSE:JTX).

 

Each Liberty Tax office offers customers audit assistance, a money-back guarantee, and free tax return reviews. An elite group of Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence Certified offices also provide assistance in Spanish and offer many special services geared toward our Hispanic population free-of-charge, across the nation.

 

The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #7 on the list of fastest-growing franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list for 2011, #7 in the Forbes Best Companies list in 2012, and was selected as one of the top 25 Franchises for Hispanics by PODER magazine year after year..

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Roselyn Castillo

404.350.0200

RCastillo@LanzaGroup.com

www.LanzaGroup.com

Thursday
Aug302012

  

Liberty Tax Service~Una Famila Sin Fronteras is ready to assist communities across the nation with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 

Past tax returns, financial records can aid in demonstrating eligibility 

 

VIRGINIA BEACH (August 22, 2012) – Liberty Tax Service continues to expand its Hispanic market educational initiative by providing support for members of the immigrant community seeking to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which began accepting requests on Wednesday, August 15th

One of many requirements of the application process is to provide documents as evidence of your residency in the U.S. for at least 5 years.  A complete list of requirements and procedures can be obtained at www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.  Working in synch with Liberty’s Hispanic Initiative and Foundation, Una Famila sin Fronteras, over 4000 offices nationwide can assist in preparing/obtaining past tax returns and other financial documentation which may be needed as part of the application process.

John T. Hewett, CEO of Liberty Tax Service, commented, “Our firm has processed over 218,000  ITIN application forms over the last couple of years, all free of charge, facilitating fulfillment of fiscal responsibilities in the U.S. We realize how important these programs are to our immigrant community and we continue to be committed to helping them fulfill their fiscal responsibilities. Liberty Tax Service is here to help all members of the community not just during tax season, but throughout the year.”

Martee Pearson, Director of Diversity Programs & Executive Director of Liberty’s Una Familia sin Fronteras Foundation, added, “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a very exciting program and a great opportunity for young people. Through our FREE fiscal and financial education programs offered through our Foundation in Spanish and English, Liberty has reach hundreds of thousands of Hispanics across the U.S. with vital information that is needed to help them enter our mainstream economy. Working with our 400+ partners that include school districts, nonprofits and governmental institutions, we are poised to continue our directive to assist the immigrant communities by facilitating access to the important financial documentation that will help them qualify for this program.”

About Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history, founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry. To date, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 10,000,000 individual income tax returns and over 218,000 FREE ITIN applications. With 43 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. JTH Holding, Inc. the parent company of Liberty Tax Service (NASDAQ:TAX), listed shares of Class A Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Market on July 2, 2012. Each Liberty Tax office offers customers audit assistance, a money-back guarantee, and free tax return reviews. An elite group of Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence Certified offices also provide assistance in Spanish and offer many special services geared toward our Hispanic population across the nation, free-of-charge.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Roselyn Castillo

404.350.0200

RCastillo@LanzaGroup.com

www.LanzaGroup.com