Moderator: Janet Pahima, Herzog Fox & Neeman
Panelists: Kim Hulsey, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Locke Lord LLP, and Priya Vivian, Partner at Lane Powell PC
- Organizations should go eyes-wide-open into collecting employee metrics concerning Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). Metrics can be used to identify trends and the overall health of an organization working toward the goal of DE&I. Ensure you're transparent about your initiatives and following privacy regulations; if you don't, this could lead to potential lawsuits.
"The best intentions don't always have the best impact" - Priya Vivian
- A significant challenge for organizations and DE&I professionals begins post-hiring. What happens after they hire emerging talent? What is the plan for growth and succession? You must set your hires up for success with a growth plan and an inclusion plan to ensure your organization's retention goals are met.
"..having a level of diversity in the room does not guarantee that there is a sense of belonging or inclusion, or that people feel like they can bring their best selves to work." - Kim Hulsey
- The why of your organization's DE&I is the first step to informing and prioritizing DE&I in the workplace, and it should be tied to your organization’s strategic plan.
"...diversity is often not necessarily tied to the overall mission and objectives of your organization." - Kim Hulsey