Today’s executives are being asked to communicate their organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy to more diverse audiences and in a variety of cultural settings. The key to success is to properly brief your executive beforehand and ensure that they are comfortable with the content, see the business relevance of diversity and inclusion and feel that they can deliver a powerful and motivational message.
Breaking a concept as broad as diversity and inclusion up into digestible activities and finding something that can be relevant to an entire global workforce are keys to building and sustaining a successful diversity and inclusion initiative. The “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign is an excellent way to achieve this.
U.S. Government Sends Message to World Regarding LGBT Rights and Why Our Workforces Need to Do the Same
The United States Department of State recently created a new position, U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT Persons. While this is great news for the world stage and a good sign that progress is being made, we still need to be mindful that LGBT people here in the United States still face discrimination on a daily basis, especially in the workplace.
The more you can leave your pre-conceived ideas and perceptions behind and open yourself up to new ways of thinking and doing things, the greater the rewards will be.
Obtaining executive sponsorship is a key component to kicking off any diversity and inclusion strategy. To be successful you need to show that your initiative is taken seriously and has the support from the top levels of the organization. The following are tips to ensure executive support for your next diversity and inclusion initiative.