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Natalie Holder-Winfield
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Natalie Holder-Winfield is the President of Compliance and Talent Management Training for QUEST Diversity Initiatives. She is the author of Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce: New Rules for a New Generation, which has been featured in the New York Times, Diversity Executive Magazine and ABC-WTNH. As the Founder and President of QUEST Diversity Initiatives, she has created customized diversity and sexual harassment training programs for companies ranging from Time Warner, Deloitte, and Foxwoods Casino. Her original training videos have reached thousands at organizations from E! Entertainment Television to Burberry. She is a frequent speaker on diversity issues in the workplace at Society of Human Resource Management, Financial Executives International and American Bar Association, and other industry conferences.

As an employment lawyer, Natalie prosecuted cases of employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination in government and law firm settings. She successfully litigated a landmark religious accommodation case against the New York City Police Department, changing the uniform policy for Sikhs.

She is a Diversity Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and was appointed a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee.

Natalie graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and Tulane Law School. She also completed the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s Executive Education program. She is a member of New York University’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle and the Tulane Alumni Association. Natalie is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

Blog Entries by Natalie Holder-Winfield

Breast Cancer Awareness: Another Reason Doctors Should Practice Emotional Intelligence

Posted October 19, 2010 | 18:35:27 (EST)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked by a number of quiet contradictions. Pink, a color which once connoted naïve girlie softness, was reclaimed and is the symbol of women on a mission to stamp out breast cancer by any means necessary. We laugh with newly made friends as we participate...

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Sainz and the Jets: A Modern Day Cliché

Posted September 14, 2010 | 17:45:00 (EST)

Last Saturday, Ines Sainz, a female reporter for Azteca television in Mexico, became the fresh meat of the Jets locker room. As she tried to do her job as a reporter, she was continually interrupted by lewd sexual comments from some of the players. While most of the reports about...

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The Case Against Corporate Responsibility Misses the Point

Posted September 1, 2010 | 16:58:10 (EST)

Yesterday seemed like a day of zero-sum games for me. When I asked my Legal Aspects of Human Resources class to describe the role of today's HR manager, my students painted HR managers as either a watchdog for the company or an employee advocate. When, I spoke with first-year medical...

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Sexual Harassment: The Top Ten Signs That You Are Buying More Than Dinner

Posted August 11, 2010 | 12:08:02 (EST)

Are you amazed when some of the smartest business men take some of the dumbest risks in their careers -- and reputations? Thanks to a sexual harassment allegation cooked up by Gloria Allred, Mark Hurd, the soon-to-be former CEO of Hewlett Packard joins the list of top executives who will...

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When Victims of Discrimination Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Posted August 4, 2010 | 16:20:46 (EST)

Immediately after reading the news flash about another unfortunate shooting in a Connecticut workplace, I said a prayer for wounded and then searched for information about the shooter's motivation. I was not surprised when I read on CNN.com that the alleged shooter told his uncle, "I killed the five racists...

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How Law Schools Could Improve Law Firm Diversity

Posted March 10, 2010 | 10:11:35 (EST)

Last Friday I opened an invitation to my law school reunion and I realized how far I have come since my days as a 1L. I can hold my own with Westlaw and if my life depended on it I could still write a brief. I even remember a few...

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Rahm Emanuel's "Retarded" Comment

Posted February 4, 2010 | 11:35:12 (EST)

When the news leaked that President Obama's Chief of Staff called liberals an expletive laden form of "retards," I remembered a similarly clumsy incident with a diversity officer for a major corporation.

During a diversity event to highlight the achievements of the company's employees with disabilities, the diversity officer...

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That Was Mighty White of You Chris Matthews

Posted February 1, 2010 | 08:02:30 (EST)

So, by now you have probably heard the jokes and fallout over MSNBC political pundit Chris Matthews' infamous "postracial" comment. In a moment of frat boy giddiness, an amped up Matthews was so excited by the greatness of the President's State of the Union address that he "forgot that the...

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ABC's The Deep End Has Law Firm Diversity Dead On

Posted January 25, 2010 | 08:49:48 (EST)

Last Thursday, I huddled around a big bowl of microwave popcorn ready to dismiss ABC's new show about young, good-looking lawyers as dangerous fiction that falsely lures smart college kids who sucked at math to pursue law. However, there is a kernel of reality in this show that every black...

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How Did You Spend MLK Day?

Posted January 18, 2010 | 18:43:42 (EST)

After 24 years of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I should have a game plan for how I want to celebrate this holiday -- but I don't.

Life was much simpler in 1986 when the holiday was signed into law and observed. I was in elementary school in...

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Busted By Cellphone Tiger?

Posted December 2, 2009 | 18:01:04 (EST)

I have to admit that there are benefits to being a man's man. When my cousin, one of the most macho men I know, heard about Tiger's 2 a.m. car crash, he confidently said, "I bet you there's another woman involved." My cousin could have broken the story that has...

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The Dual Identity of the Upwardly Mobile

Posted November 25, 2009 | 15:24:55 (EST)

I recently came across a survey of the top ten stressors during the holidays. Surprise, family was ranked as one of our top ten stressors. As a diversity attorney, this makes perfect sense to me.

Diversity in our families is often eschewed. Let's be honest, rarely do we think of...

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Users in Today's Job Market

Posted November 2, 2009 | 15:34:02 (EST)


Last week, I received a random email from a woman I met briefly a few years ago. Although I made a few attempts to stay in touch with her over the years, she never returned my emails or telephone calls. However, now she was ready to be best...

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Could Class Ever TrumP Race in America?

Posted October 20, 2009 | 19:00:47 (EST)

During a recent trip to Chile, I had an interesting conversation with a Brazilian traveler about--of course--ethnicity and class. When we landed on the topic of race, he could not understand why Americans use race as a prefix for our nationality--for example, Black American, Asian American, etc. He asked me,...

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David Letterman's Collateral Damage

Posted October 2, 2009 | 12:19:29 (EST)

I'm usually the last person to hear about pop culture scandals and other news I can't use. When Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and VH-1 reality contestant "Punk" had a baby last month, I was shocked. When I watched this year's MTV Video Music Awards, I wondered who the heck is...

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Managing the Kanye West and Joe Wilson in Your Workplace

Posted September 25, 2009 | 16:33:51 (EST)

September seemed like the month where we should have been sending some adults back to school -- obedience school. We had Kanye West, the self-appointed arbiter of good music, snatching microphones out of MTV music award winners' hands. We had Joe Wilson, today's most popular Congressman from South Carolina, who...

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Did Joe Wilson Cross the Line Between Civil Disobedience and Incivility?

Posted September 17, 2009 | 19:36:34 (EST)

Over a week ago, Joe Wilson, the Congressman from South Carolina, hurled the heckle heard around the world -- and we're still talking about it. Post-outburst, he stands by calling the President a liar and believes that the health care bill would be wrong for the American people because of...

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Joe Wilson -- This One's Too Easy

Posted September 10, 2009 | 22:21:43 (EST)

Once again, my poor President's health care initiative has been buried by an act of someone acting stupidly. After a South Carolina Congressman shouted that the President was a liar, the news has been deluged with stories about Joe Wilson. I think more people can tell you more about Rep....

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Today's Lesson: Undermining a Black Man's Authority in 2009

Posted September 5, 2009 | 11:21:48 (EST)

After President Obama's historic election win, the premature declaration of the day was that America was a post racial society. Both, the well meaning and impatient, were eager to put America's shameful history of discrimination and harassment against racial groups--particularly blacks -- behind them. How could America still see racial...

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Uh Oh, Here We Go Again with Ebonics 2.0

Posted August 28, 2009 | 16:20:40 (EST)

Teacher U, a collaboration of teaching organizations -- including Teach for America -- made a frail attempt to exhume the 1990's Ebonics debacle by acknowledging African American English in their training curriculum. After having their teachers-in-training read the article, Phonological Features of Chile African American English, which appeared in a...

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