“Love is the only force powerful enough to turn an enemy into a friend.”Martin Luther King
Diversity and inclusion are two interconnected concepts—but they are far from interchangeable. Diversity is about the representation or the make-up of an entity. Inclusion is about how well the contributions, presence and perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated into an environment.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) have become more than just HR checklist items; they’ve grown into a cultural phenomenon and when executed correctly, have a direct effect on the bottom line. These days, it’s more crucial than ever to ensure that the workplace is embracing this practice.
The top three benefits to implementing and understanding D&I in your organization are:
1. Employee Engagement: It has been proven that the more D&I awareness a company demonstrates the more engaged and productive their employees are which has a direct correlation to a companies profitabilty.
2. Global Experience-Local Focus: By developing a team with a generalized world view and the ability to provide localized expertise, not only do you expand your company skillset, you have the advantages of utilizing both perspectives which results in providing better solutions.
3. Talent Acquisition: When talent search for a job, many consider the level of diversity and inclusion an important factor, as this relates to the corporate culture of an organization. A diverse and inclusive company has many advantages over companies that do not participate in this mindset.
Stephanie is a Licensed Diversity & Inclusion trainer through the Empowered Living program. She has 15 years experience as a professional woman in a male dominant industry where by being a keynote speaker and taking on leadership responsibilities has become a strong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion. Stephanie also sits on the D&I committee for a global corporation. With her firsthand experience she brings personal insights to this topic, creating an authentic and profound impact. Contact her today to learn more about the benefits of implementing a Diversity & Inclusion program into your organization!