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Former Abercrombie & Fitch Senior Executive Pens Cautionary Tale

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his new book, FITCH PATH: A Cautionary Tale About A Moose, Millennials, Leadership & Transparency, former chief diversity officerTodd Corley goes inside the iconic brand Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) and explores how Millennials and iGens reshaped the self-conscious symbol of today's American youth, redefined the concept of "coolness," and forged cultural transformation (i.e. Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & FitchEEOC v. Abercrombie & FitchBrown et al v. Abercrombie & Fitch).

FITCH PATH examines the needs, wants and expectations of the emerging workforce majority and offers solutions to help prepare today's leaders and organizations for an inevitable reality.  Explains Corley, "We're on the verge of a crisis.  An aging workforce, lack of skilled talent, and outsourced labor are just a few of the significant labor shifts impacting workplaces today. Within five years, 53 percent of the workforce will be women, 50 percent will be Millennials, and 40 percent will be people of color.  Despite increasing demands for inclusion and equality, many global organizations are resistant to change their work models. Leaders must recognize that 'resistance is futile': inclusion is a mandate and transparency is the new normal."

Dubbed by The Huffington Post as "The Man Who Made Abercrombie & Fitch Less White," Corley witnessed the impact of Millennials and rising iGens during his 10 years (2004 – 2014) at A&F.  His vast accomplishments include architecting a landmark diversity initiative that resulted in a 626% increase in racial and ethnic diversity; leading national movements to erase exclusion, ban bullying and champion inclusion; and creating a 10M-strong international groundswell around model behavior and peer accountability. He exited the company in July 2014 to launch the TAPO Institute, a strategic think tank and consultancy focused on inclusive leadership.

Todd Corley is founder of The TAPO Institute, where he advises C-Suite executives and Senior Leadership Teams on how to engage and develop talent, build organizational agility and cultivate innovation. Before Abercrombie & Fitch, Corley created the diversity strategy for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He was also a senior consultant for global diversity and change management at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), working with The New York Stock Exchange, JPMorganChase, Pfizer, Toys R Us, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo and many others clients.

Source Credit: TAPO Institute

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