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 …

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 …

3 Attributes That Can Boost CDO Effectiveness

As companies continue to strengthen their focus on diversity and inclusion, many are hiring a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to lead the effort. Keeping in mind that one of the outcomes of CDO efforts is to help the organization build a culture of fairness, equity and inclusion, the following three attributes can boost their effectiveness. Change Read More …

Fostering an Engaging and Inclusive Work Environment

Recent studies and surveys point to several attributes that describe what working in an inclusive work environment feels like: Being treated with Respect Having a Voice Feeling Valued Being connected to a purpose Having Trusted Leaders Sharing open and honest dialogue Having an opportunity to learn and grow If you take a close look at Read More …

Are You Ready for Real Change?

Corporate America’s renewed commitment to facilitate an equitable and inclusive work environment is refreshing. But now comes the tough part. You actually have to do something. Because if nothing changes, nothing changes. First you must acknowledge that your current company culture is a reflection of your leadership team, their decisions and their actions. Real change will require new leadership Read More …

Equity and Inclusion: Does Your Company Have the Courage to Change?

For the past decade, companies have been touting the need for equitable and inclusive work environments where every employee feels valued, respected and heard. Many companies have hired DEI executives, launched employee resource groups, communicated expectations and most recently donated large sums of money to social justice organizations. Although these actions may be helpful, failing to address Read More …