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90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S6-D
When: April 18, 2019
Location/Room: M 100 E
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Dr. Amy Tolbert, ECCO International  |  Patricia Jesperson, EmployeeEXP


Many Fortune 500 organizations have been engaged in diversity and inclusion (D&I) work for decades. As the war for talent heats up around the globe, mid-market organizations find themselves playing catch-up when it comes to creating inclusive cultures to attract, retain, and engage a diverse workforce.

Lack of resources in mid-market companies, government entities, and nonprofits often serve as roadblocks to implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs. Rather than taking a programmatic approach to DEI that can require significant resources and financial investment, we suggest thinking about integrating the tenets of diversity into existing talent-centric practices to survive, thrive, and grow. Organizations of all sizes have long tried to quantify the “business case” for diversity. In today’s hyper-speed marketplace, integrating the lens of DEI can be a secret weapon to attract, retain, and engage talent, drive innovation, and create cultural agility.

This session presents the notion that the perceived barriers to introducing DEI programs in organizations with revenues less than a billion dollars and fewer than 10,000 employees are nonexistent. Through an interactive and lively session, we will provide a strategic yet practical guide which all can follow to bring DEI to their organization. Using case studies and other methodologies, participants will understand how DEI creates inclusive and innovative cultures.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand how DEI drives innovative and inclusive cultures
  2. Create a specific action plan to engage leadership and move beyond compliance
  3. Leverage DEI to attract, retain, and engage talent

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