Recently I sat on a panel at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit at my alma mater, Cardozo School of Law. The topic of discussion was “Embracing Change in the Workplace.”
It was a great evening and we talked about implicit bias in the workplace, issues concerning diversity and inclusion and what to do about them. It is imperative that we talk about it and organizations intentionally implement the strategies.
Don’t know where to start about equity and diversity in the workplace?
Start here and see what is happening within your organization:
1. Then take a look at your organizational chart – among the leadership or partners, how many people of color do you see? How many women? How many people from historically underrepresented groups are there? The list goes on.
2. If you are in HR, have there been any occurrences of implicit bias that you know of or was reported? What did you do about it?
3. How do you relate or communicate with people who do not look or talk like you? We can all make a difference by intentionally pressing for change.
How about you go to lunch with a colleague from a different culture and intentionally learn about him or her? We can do better. We can effect change.
I am passionate about empowering women and pressing for change.
I have seen a lack of representation among various spheres of influence. I have attended huge tech conferences where I could count the number of attendees who were people of color on one hand (including me).
There was no representation whatsoever of even one speaker from a historically underrepresented group.
We have work to do. All of us have a role to play. Let’s intentionally do better and make an effort. What are your thoughts on diversity and inclusion matters? What do you think we can do?