Is Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Focused on the Problem or Solution?

Creating a more inclusive and engaging work environment requires change. Behavior change. Process change. Culture change. And although understanding the reason for change (i.e. the problem) is important, it’s the solution that will ultimately move your organization forward. As you build your D&I strategy, you should focus on the positive outcomes that you are trying to achieve: Fairness, Read More …

Is Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Half Empty or Half Full?

Life isn’t fair. A lesson most of us were taught as children.  I remember learning that lesson in 1st grade. Our class had a ‘sticks and triangle’ band. You either got to click sticks or could make a ringing sound by tapping your triangle with a metal wand. Most kids played the sticks with a few having the privilege of Read More …

Chief Diversity Officer: 4 Steps to Making a Difference

Wow! You finally landed your dream job. Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Whether it’s at a FORTUNE 500 Company or a smaller organization, the reward is the same . . . a chance to make a difference. Where do you start?  Your first 60 days are critical. Here’s a 4-step proven framework that can boost your effectiveness and can serve as Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion: Why Are Companies Struggling to Make Progress?

While the benefits of having a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment have been proven by various studies, why are companies struggling to make progress? To better understand the dynamics at play, let’s look at a similar situation of how companies have responded to studies related to employee engagement. It has been proven that having an Read More …

When Pursuing a More Diverse Workplace, Are You Putting First Things First?

Dozens of companies have reacted to recent events by pledging to increase diversity (women and minorities) in their workforce. It’s not the first time we’ve heard those words, seen companies ramp up their hiring efforts or watched as good intentions fail to deliver results. In many cases, these companies have not put first things first. While serving Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion: Can You See Me?

Recent events have heightened awareness of the importance of having an inclusive work environment. Some people may not be able to picture what that looks like so I thought I’d share a little story. A few years ago I had just joined a new business area and was trying hard to fit in. My peers were two executives Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion Starts with Building Trust

Building trust is essential in fostering an engaging and inclusive workplace. Trust facilitates a work environment where people are not afraid to express their ideas or concerns. It allows leaders to have candid conversations about racism, discrimination and other critical workplace issues without creating angst. And according to Forbes, it leads to better employee performance. Earning employee trust is a Read More …

Equity & Inclusion: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

What if there was one variable that could improve equity in hiring, promotion and pay decisions, foster a more inclusive work environment, facilitate open and honest communications and build a culture of trust, respect and belonging?  It’s the elephant in the room. They all see it. They all know it. Many won’t acknowledge it because Read More …

Equity & Inclusion: Stop Talking and Start Doing by Creating a Line-of-Site

If your company is serious about improving workplace equity and inclusion, you’ll have to do more than talk about it, donate to non-profits and hire consultants. You will need to change the way your organization thinks and acts. Real change requires 4 key elements.  Define the change in terms that your organization can understand Explain why Read More …

How a Leader Resouce Group Can Strengthen Your Workplace Culture

A great way to provide leaders with the skills and tools they need to foster a more equitable and inclusive work environment is by launching a Leader Resource Group.  A Leader Resource Group (LRG) is a self led group that engages company leaders in learning activities and discussions. It combines best practices in adult learning with the Read More …