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Brian Reaves Is Re-Engineering Diversity and Inclusion at Dell

“The goal is for Dell to become the employer of choice for all. Our leadership realizes D&I as a business imperative and its shift from something you do to who you are at every layer of your business.”

Having served in a number of engineering and tech positions for more than 20 years, Brian Reaves decided to use his analytical mind and varied experiences to make a lasting impact on diversity and inclusion. He first made the transition from product design to overseeing D&I at software solutions giant SAP in 2016 before his appointment last September as chief diversity and inclusion officer for Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc., which generated revenue of $ 61.6 billion and employed more than 130,000 workers in 2017. From re-engineering the company’s recruitment process to tackling unconscious bias, Reaves has used his skill and reputation as an innovator and technologist to “merge both worlds” to continue the shift of D&I being viewed not as ‘a social thing’ but as a business imperative.”

In this exclusive, edited conversation, Reaves shares how he went from what he calls a “Boyz N the Hood existence in South Central” to disrupting Silicon Valley, and he discusses the need to create a metric-based D&I model and change the attitudes of managers in order to improve customer service, make employees more productive, and spark continuous innovation at the tech giant.

Diversity and Inclusion: “A Fundamental Shift Is Going On” 

It’s been roughly two years since Dell’s merger with EMC. Where does the diversity and inclusion process stand at the company and what direction is being taken to enhance it?
Dell has brought together the best and the brightest to drive the company forward. The goal is for Dell to become the employer of choice for all. Our leadership realizes there’s a business imperative and its shift from diversity and inclusion being seen by many as something that you do versus D&I is definitely who you are at every layer of your business. It’s what our customers care most about. It’s what’s going to drive innovation. It’s what drives employee engagement. It’s what drives employee retention. It’s what drives top-line revenue and bottom-line margins.

So, we’re at this pivotal point where Michael Dell and our executive leadership team understand that a fundamental shift is going on, and hence hiring a person like myself to be able to drive with that business lens to accelerate to those opportunities that exist with our customers and with our partners, and certainly going back to recognizing that this is a talent play as well. The demographic of talent is changing significantly. So, if you optimize your talent strategies in a certain way to hire a certain type of person but you don’t realize that talent pool globally is changing or you’re not changing your strategies and tactics to engage that talent and support innovation, then it’s a missed opportunity.

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In terms of becoming the employer of choice, tapping talent for greater innovation and competitiveness, how do you frame that in goals and metrics?
First of all, you have to do a prominence assessment. Probably the state of the norm today before making the investment and turning this corner was about how many lists we show up on. We have phenomenal representation. Our supplier diversity spending is $ 3 billion plus a year so you know we’re at the top of the top there. From an employee engagement perspective, having over 30,000 of our family members in our employee resource groups, which drives the cultural change that goes on and it’s measured there. How we recruit, the fact that we’re one of the top companies for LGBTQ employees. So, those measurements have always been in place and we rank very nicely. Things like our unconscious bias training and the number of people that go through that. We expect to have 100% of all of our people managers take that training by the end of this year; that’s been a metric that has been in place.

We’re now going to that phase of D&I as it relates to employee retention and employee engagement. We actually have some great internal surveys with our employees and those give us good metrics on what are the drivers of retention and engagement. We’re going to formally tie some of those questions that are indexed around D&I to those drivers to determine the impact on the business when that number or that index goes up or down. Then, if you could tie the D&I contribution to that component that drives retention or engagement then you’ll clearly be able to derive the direct impact of those two examples to Dell’s bottom line, which is pretty exciting.

So what’s the potential effect on operations and sales?
From a revenue perspective, we’re beginning to more formally attach the topic to our sales team. Right now, a lot of our customers reach out and, whether it’s in RFI [request for information] or RFP [request for proposal] where they have criteria around D&I that you must meet, they more formally bring up these topics as part of the overall opportunity to engage or the pursuit. To the degree that we do a formal account planning with D&I in mind, we’re going to begin to try to measure what’s the impact of having that proactive D&I pitched and the positioning in our engagement. Did that further expand relationships? Did that open up an opportunity for us? We’ll try to measure what was the impact of D&I to that pursuit and to that win, which is another metric.

How is that measured in terms of innovation and product development?
We are going to look at the entire baseline teams…those that may not be as diverse on whatever number of dimensions, whether its gender, ethnic and cultural diversity, or other ways like the performance and output of those product teams versus those that are more diverse.

We’ve done a good job as measured publicly but there’s some things that we want to do internally to put a finer brush on the impact of D&I to the same KPIs [key performance indicators] that we measure the business on. Again, revenue, innovation, retention, and engagement.

As it relates to culture and practice, we find that many companies that truly embrace diversity, it comes from the top. So how do you ensure that diversity mandate is communicated and connected to each layer of the company from the top down?
One step is to actually help employees really understand the language of D&I, things that happen every day that they’re not being conscious of what they do. No. 2 is going to the strategic level and really trying to drive the D&I narrative into the overall business narrative. Many companies that exist, I think D&I is seen as a sidecar, again, that’s what you do, not necessarily who you are. It’s a differentiator. When we talk about Dell, I don’t want to talk about our innovation but let’s talk about who we are as people. No. 3 is to drive it into our existing strategic imperatives. As an example, most companies talk about digital transformation from an innovative point of view. It’s also the talent transformation. There’s no company on earth that has ever won on technology alone. We believe that D&I is the enabler of that transformation.

A vital part of the talent equation is creating a pipeline. When you were at SAP, you led Project Propel which trained HBCU students for internships and jobs in tech. Is there a similar type of program you plan to implement at Dell?
I fully expect and have already begun to socialize the difference between just going out and recruiting at HCBUs and predominantly black institutions, predominantly Hispanic institutions versus sort of changing the game and giving that talent pool an unfair advantage that not only benefitted them but benefitted us. And that’s what Project Propel was about. Instead of just showing up on campus to have a greater pipeline that derives very little movement in representation because of bias and other things, those kids magically come up as No. 2, or they were really close but we chose this other candidate. But, by empowering them with skills and knowledge that you could be an alien and the company will be attracted to those. And that’s what we did at SAP and fully expect and plan as part of my responsibility to drive a similar program. It’s not in place as of yet fully but I’ve already engaged with our talent acquisition area to talk about those changes.

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Prosecutor: Man’s Drink Scam Defrauded Ne-Yo, Brian McKnight

CINCINNATI (AP) — A New Jersey man is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam that bilked singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight, who invested in a sports drink company.

Kevin Foster, of Montclair, faces 16 charges including wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion.
Six of those charges were added Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Foster, who served as Ne-Yo’s business manager, is accused of convincing the star to invest $ 2 million in a drink called OXYwater.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Foster didn’t disclose that he served as a controller for the business or that he earned commission on investments.

Prosecutors say Foster pulled a similar scheme on R&B star McKnight to keep the business solvent.

A message seeking comment from his attorney wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

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Who is Marilyn Manson, what does he look like without makeup and is his name really Brian?

MARILYN Manson is one of the world’s most controversial musicians, who’s best known for his outrageous stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson.

But, what else do we know about the rocker, and what’s his real name? Let’s get the lowdown…

Marilyn Manson is a shock rocker, whose songs became hits in the '90s
Marilyn Manson is a shock rocker, whose songs became hits in the ’90s
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Who is Marilyn Manson?

Marilyn Manson’s real name is a little less glamorous than his stage name – he’s called Brian Hugh Warner.

He was born in Canton, Ohio, on 5 January, 1969 – that makes him 49.

He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author, and former music journalist.

Manson – whose stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson – is best known for his ’90s records Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.

He has previously revealed he has trademarked his famous name.

He said: “I trademarked the name ‘Marilyn Manson’ the same way as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. It’s not a stage name. It’s not my legal name … Marilyn Manson is owned by Brian Warner, my real name.”

Aside from music, Manson has also acted. He made his movie in 1997, appearing in David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

He’s also appeared in Rose McGowan‘s 1999 film Jawbreaker; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; The Hire: Beat The Devil.

He also claimed that he began his career as a watercolour painter in 1999 when he made five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers.

Marilyn Manson without makeup
Marilyn Manson without makeup
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What does Marilyn Manson look like without makeup?

Marilyn is rarely seen in public without makeup on. However, he did sport a makeup-free face when he had to go to court in 2001 (pictured above).

He has previously described his love affair with makeup, saying it all stems from childhood.

He revealed to Fader: “My mom used to put her wigs and lipstick on me when I was little. I have one weird picture of me as a toddler with an unlit cigarette in my mouth, wearing her blonde wig and a diaper, sitting on the couch. Wonder how I ended up here.

“I suppose my fascination with makeup comes from me having a great imagination and not being able to contain it just to a piece of paper or a piece of music. When I was a kid, I used to do the KISS makeup with watercolour paints.

“I was into KISS mostly because I was told not to listen to it in Christian school. But Alice Cooper and Bowie were more important to me. KISS wore too much of a mask; it was too much kabuki.

“I wanted to be seen, I just didn’t want to be seen the same way that I was. Ziggy Stardust first led me to shave off my eyebrows. People look at you trying to figure out what’s missing or wrong, and you can do a lot more with makeup when your eyebrows are out of the way.

“In the beginning, I was never intending to be androgynous in the sense that people thought. I wasn’t trying to look like a girl; I was hiding something. I had a really bad complexion as a teenager, but I wasn’t insecure: I tried to look worse. I liked to put lipstick on my teeth because it was always something that people didn’t like to have.”

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Straight off a coast-to-coast tour and into your living room, this Brian Regan DVD concert film captures the comic at his best. Butterflies, show horses, and greeting cards are no match when this master of standup grabs the microphone. His comedy-big enough for everyone, sharp enough for you-makes him one of the hottest acts in standup today. The DVD features the complete Brian Regan Comedy Central special along with an encore performance not shown in the original Comedy Central broadcast and Brian’s Comedy Central Presents half hour special as a bonus. Region 1 encoded.Standing Up includes the following routines:Driving: Show Horses; California Driver’s Handbook; Pinky Thank YouLanguage Stuff: Van in Miami; Bilingual; Friend Speaks ItalianFlying: Flight Delayed; Tower; Computers; Baggage ClaimGreeting Cards: Too Subdivided; Blank Inside; Encouragement; Just Because; New Baby; Birthday HumorousKids: Something Appropriate; Dora the Explorer; Baby Books; Animal Noises; Butterfly Pavilion; Balloon; DinosaurTV Shows: Nova; Albert Einstein; Antiques Road Show; Golf on TVPolitics: Voiceovers; Tazer Seven Year Olds; Not Taking Questions; Answer That by Asking This; Billboards; Kennedy’s; FundraisersNews: Arab Americans; News Anchor You Can Trust; News Team That Cares; Brian Regan Spy DVD ExtrasComedy Central Presents… Brian ReganFood LabelsServing SizesLay off DairyCranberriesPop TartsYogaHealth ClubsStrong Man ShowsFood CombinationsPeanut Butter and JellyChef BoyardeePizza/PieIHOPEye Exam
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Singer/songwriter Brian Wilson, founder of The Beach Boys.

The release of the new biographical drama “Love & Mercy” got me thinking back a bit. During my time at Venice Magazine I was lucky enough to meet and interview most of my heroes from the world of film. Fortune smiled on me further when a few musical idols were thrown into the mix, as well (see previously-posted chats with Lou Reed, Quincy Jones and Robbie Robertson). When I learned in October of 2002 that I was going to interview legendary Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, I was elated. I had gotten to literally stand next to Wilson nearly a decade earlier, at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, while he gave a private recital, just Wilson and a white Steinway, for a small gathering of people (including Robert Redford, who stood at my right elbow) in a Park City tavern, celebrating the premiere of Don Was’ documentary “Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” which took a candid look at Wilson’s tumultuous life. It’s one of those memories I know will flash before me during my final moments, if that cliché turns out to be true (and let’s face it, most of them do).

Wilson’s wife led me into the music room of their home in hills above Bel-Air, a lovely, but unpretentious place. The music room was equally elegant in its simplicity, just a baby grand in one corner and a couple chairs flanking a couch. Brian Wilson struck me then as he had in 1995: an intensely shy, private man, who was more comfortable behind a keyboard than interacting one-on-one with a stranger. Once he was in the safe zone of his music, however, his mood became lighter, and his personal style took on a sweet, almost child-like nature. A gentle soul, coupled with the heart and mind of a musical genius. Good vibrations, indeed.

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Brian Wilson is America’s rock and roll wunderkind. Often referred to as the Mozart of pop, the Orson Welles of rock, the George Gershwin of his generation, Brian Douglas Wilson was born June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California, the eldest of three boys. At the tender age of 20, the musical prodigy founded the legendary group The Beach Boys, comprised of himself, brothers Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love and family friend Al Jardine. The Beach Boys went on to become of the legendary groups of the 1960s, with their all-American songs about girls, surfing, and cars. Unlike their contemporaries, like Jan and Dan and other Southern California “beach bands,” Brian Wilson’s songwriting grew more complex with the passing years (In My Room, a major hit for the Boys in 1964, was years ahead of its time, as was Good Vibrations, the first pop song to utilize the obscure instrument known as the Theremin), reaching its zenith in 1966 with the now-legendary Pet Sounds album. Credited by the Beatles as the album that inspired them to conceive and record Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, Pet Sounds fused experimental music, complex sound mixing and engineering techniques influenced by the “wall of sound” designs of legendary producer Phil Spector, and some of the most memorable songs in the history of pop music: Wouldn’t it be Nice, Sloop John B, and God Only Knows, among them.

While Wilson soared professionally, his personal life was like something out of Dante’s Inferno. Described in detail in Wilson’s harrowing 1991 autobiography Wouldn’t it be Nice, his father Murry, himself a composer, musician, and longtime manager of The Beach Boys, was abusive to his wife and three sons to an almost psychotic extent, a volatility that lasted until his death in 1973. Brian Wilson started doing drugs in the ’60s, along with most of his contemporaries, but indulges so heavily in narcotics, drink and food, that by the time the mid-’70s rolled around, his weight had ballooned to over 300 pounds, and he’d become a virtual recluse, rarely leaving his house. The drug abuse, mental illness, and his general erratic behavior caused him to be fired by the Beach Boys, divorced by his first wife, and become virtually persona non grata in the music world he had helped shape.

Following intensive therapy in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Brian Wilson got sober, shed the excess weight, and went back into the studio, recording a series of critically-lauded albums. Wilson’s comeback was documented in Don Was’ film I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, a hit at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. To prove that the acorn never falls far from the tree, daughters Carnie and Wendy Wilson became best-selling pop artists themselves, teaming with fellow rock and roll offspring Chynna Phillips, daughter of Mamas and the Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips, forming the band Wilson-Phillips in the 1990s.

Although still not on speaking terms with the surviving Beach Boys (Dennis drowned in 1983 after years of drug and alcohol abuse; Carl succumbed to lung cancer in 1998), Brian Wilson is a major force again in the music world, having released the best-selling CD Pet Sounds Live earlier this year. Recorded during four sold-out performances in London, the disc features Wilson and his band performing the entire, legendary album from start to finish, sounding every bit as fresh as it did 36 years ago. Currently at work on a new album entitled Proud Mary, Brian Wilson sat down with Venice Editor Alex Simon to discuss his extraordinary life as one of rock and roll’s greatest survivors.

Tell us how you got the idea to perform the entire Pet Sounds album live.

Brian Wilson: Well, my wife, my manager and I were throwing ideas around one day, and it was just one of those off-the-cuff remarks that made sense. You know, “What if we did this…” And that was it. So we did four shows in London and we took the best of the four shows and made the album out of it.

Cover of the Pet Sounds Live CD.

Let’s go back to 1966 and talk about how Pet Sounds evolved.

Tony Asher, who was my collaborator, and I just sat the piano and we wrote spontaneously together. It was a fantastic process that took over a year, but was worth every minute of it. One of the great creative times of my life.

Rock music’s enfant terrible, Phil Spector, circa early 1960s.

It was very advanced in terms of how you mixed the sound and engineered the entire record. Who influenced your style?

One man: Phil Spector. I learned pretty much everything I know from listening to his stuff. He was a genius with rock and roll. I learned how to combine instruments to make a third sound, and also the use of echo, which was very important.

Pet Sounds was influenced by, and influential to, the Beatles.

Yeah, it was sort of my answer to Rubber Soul and their response to Pet Sounds was Sgt. Pepper. They really wanted to top us, and they did. It’s just the way it works; it goes two ways. But Paul McCartney, who’s a good friend of mine, says God Only Knows remains his favorite song to this day.

Wilson with longtime pal Sir Paul McCartney.

Tell us about Paul.

He’s just the greatest, one of my all-time favorite people and musicians. He’s a very open guy, very cool guy. Very real.

Do you like to write during a particular time of day?

Not really. I can write any time of day, although sometimes the night is more fun. I’m not sure why. (laughs)

Reading your book, it struck me that so many creative people have had incredibly dysfunctional childhoods. Do you see a connection between creativity and dysfunction?

Not really, no. I think that creative people are going to be creative, no matter what. I think how you’re raised can affect how that creativity comes out, but in the end, we all are who we are.

Wilson in the studio during the Pet Sounds sessions, 1965-66.

But if you had grown up in a “normal” family, do you think you would have become a musician?

(pause) Probably not. Who knows? It’s so hard to say. My dad put the fire of hell under my ass to be a musician. But I was definitely born to sing, to be an artist. I mean, from the time I was a little kid, I was banging away on that piano we had in the living room. That was the piano that I wrote Surfer Girl and Be True to Your School on. That was the greatest piano I ever played.

Do you fell like you’ve made peace with your father, finally?

I’m at peace with my dad, yeah. I can’t get him back, so I just let him go. I’m sorry I never spoke to my mom about him, now that she’s gone. My mom and I were never that close, and I feel kind of guilty about that. Once the Beach Boys took off, I just never talked to her that much, never called her that much. I regret that now.

The Beach Boys, circa 1964. L to R: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson.

Do you and any of the surviving Beach Boys still talk?

No we don’t, unfortunately.

While I was watching I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, the parts where Carl spoke about you led one to believe that you guys had reconciled.

We were just starting to get close again, and then he was diagnosed with cancer. Then (snaps his fingers) he was gone.

Cover for the original Pet Sounds LP, 1966.

Did you feel that after Pet Sounds came out and took the world by storm that you were almost competing with yourself?

I wanted to prove that I could write really great music, not just surfing songs, and not just rock. I just wanted to get a good pop album together.

I thought some of your most interesting stuff came after Pet Sounds, even though it wasn’t as well-received.

Yeah: Smile, Friends, Wild Honey. We made some really cool albums. But it’s true, they never got as big as Pet Sounds did. It was frustrating, because I thought those records, and a lot of my solo stuff, contains some of my best work, but it’s like so many people just wanted me to write about cars and girls, and after a certain point, you’re just now there anymore, you know? (laughs) I mean, I wasn’t there anymore since Pet Sounds, and that was 1966!

Since you’ve conquered your demons, and have had a very healthy and productive last 20 years, how has that changed your work as an artist?

I think I’m more aware of my singing now. I used to just sort of sing and not think about it. Now, I try to be more cautious about what I sing, and what I write, because lyrical content can be dangerous, if you’re not careful. If you write the wrong kind of song, you can set off a chain reaction. So I try to be very aware of my lyrics, as well.

When you write is it for yourself, your audience, or both?

Both, I think. And my new collaborator Steve Glennich is a total genius. We’ve written five songs together in the last half month. It’s unbelievable what’s been going on between him and me, just great creatively.

There’s a great story in your book about an encounter you had with Elvis Presley.

Yeah, around 1969 we were recording in the same place as Elvis, and I asked him if he’d come across the way to our studio. He shook my hand and goes “I’ve heard a lot about you. How you doin’, Duke?” He called me “Duke,” don’t ask me why. (laughs) So I figured okay, Elvis is like me, a joker, so I’m going to play a little joke on him. I knew he was a black belt, so I faked a karate chop and a kick at him. He blocked them both easily and I started cracking up, to show him I was kidding, but he didn’t think it was funny and said “Hey Duke, don’t do that.” I said “Hey man, I’m just kidding around.” So we talked about music for a few minutes, about “Good Vibrations,” and then the conversation sort of died down, so, to liven things up, I threw another karate chop at him. He backed up in his chair, says “I’m a little worried about you, Duke,” and then signaled to his boys that they were leaving. I never saw him again. I regret that. He was quite an artist.

It’s amazing when you look at the casualty list of all the musicians from the ’60s. You’re one of the last giants still standing. How does that feel?

Well, it’s good for my ego, I guess. It makes me feel good, feel proud. It’s inspired me a lot in my work. Most of all it’s made me realize that I still have things to accomplish before my time is up. That’s what it’s all about: savoring every moment.

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In what could possibly be the most unsurprising news ever, Megan Fox’s children are ridiculously adorable.

Lucky for us, the star’s husband, actor Brian Austin Green, recently joined Instagram, and has since been sharing snaps of the precious little ones for all the world to see.

Fox and Green, who married back in 2010, have two sons, Noah, 2, and Bodhi, born this past February.

Green’s eldest son, from a previous relationship, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green, also got in on the family Instagram fun.

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Laid back!

Brian Williams returned to “The Tonight Show” on Monday, and of course Jimmy Fallon welcomed him with a signature rap video. Using the magic of editing, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor appears to perform Snoop Dogg’s 1994 hit, “Gin and Juice.”

Of course, Fallon has been doing this to Williams for years now, putting Williams into the Sugar Hill Gang’s 1979 classic “Rapper’s Delight,” N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” and even another Snoop song, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.”

So what’s next? Williams suggest “Rollout” by Ludacris.

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