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  • About the Author: Rebekah Steele

    Rebekah Steele is a Senior Fellow in Human Capital and Program Director, providing diversity & inclusion (D&I) expertise for The Conference Board. Rebekah supports a broad spectrum of D&I …

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02 Dec. 2019 | Comments (0)
Let's change the conversation about D&I
Many of us are familiar with pervasive D&I breakdowns that complicate our ability to deliver on the promise of diversity and inclusion for individ…

22 May. 2019 | Comments (0)
Breakthroughs with Design Thinking, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part 2
Progress in the field of D&I is sluggish and often fleeting. To achieve our critical goals for individuals and businesses, we must be willing to quest…

18 Apr. 2019 | Comments (0)
Breakthroughs with Design Thinking, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part 1
The stakes for getting D&I right are high, both for organizations and individuals. Unfortunately, many of our familiar D&I ‘best practices’ are inadeq…

05 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Business-Relevant Results: An Ecosystem Approach to Diversity & Inclusion
We know diversity makes us smarter, and as a business executive observed during a D&I Innovation Lab with me, once we know that D&I improves business …

05 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
Disrupting Tech to Get D&I Right: 10 Essential Principles
The tech sector has a people problem. Indicators signal significant concerns inside many of these organizations, particularly for the women and racial…

14 Dec. 2016 | Comments (0)
Taking on the D&I Innovation Challenge
In our ever-changing social and business context, D&I leaders are challenged to continually explore new terrain. 120 forward-thinking leaders recently…

14 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
Designing the Future of D&I Together
Contemporary D&I leaders are challenged to be innovators, adept at designing fresh approaches that overcome sticky problems and deliver the full value…

19 Apr. 2016 | Comments (0)
The Business Case for Homogeneity and Exclusion
D&I professionals do not object to being relevant to the mission of their organizations or to leveraging D&I as an enabler of business strategy. Most …

07 Mar. 2016 | Comments (0)
Metrics that Matter: More than Diversity ROI
Measuring D&I’s ROI (return on investment) helps leaders demonstrate the impact of their work by comparing the cost of a solution to its monetary payb…

22 Feb. 2016 | Comments (1)
Urgent Responsibility for Rapid Results with Diversity & Inclusion
A call for patience on matters of inclusion is antithetical to how we operate other elements of our businesses and other institutions. Why are standa…

02 Nov. 2015 | Comments (0)
Ban your Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
In the face of increasingly complex problems and progressively compelling opportunities, your Diversity and Inclusion goals and objectives are not goi…

09 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
From Conflict to Conversation: Three Approaches to Navigating the Turbulent Waters of D&I
Increasingly, D&I specialists are challenged to foster healthy dialogue on tough issues in response to turbulent D&I conflicts around the world. No si…

12 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
Diversity and Inclusion: Breaking Down or Breaking Through
We know we need innovation to realize substantially better results with Diversity & Inclusion, but how do we go about creating fresh ideas capable of …

21 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
An Innovation Lab Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Breakthroughs
Increasingly, forward-thinking organizations recognize the vital importance of effective, integrated D&I strategies in propelling product and service …

01 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
How Innovation and Inclusion Help Each Other to Help Businesses Grow
As organizations seek new avenues for growth amidst dynamic economic, demographic, technological and social change, both innovation and Diversity & In…

12 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
Broad Views Spark Diversity and Inclusion Breakthroughs
As Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) leaders scan the landscape for ways to enhance the value created through D&I, how can they be more inclusive of broad…

09 Oct. 2013 | Comments (2)
Three New Competencies for Leading Diversity and Inclusion
In my D&I work partnering with and developing corporate, academic, and NGO D&I leaders around the globe, I see the critical importance of 3 additional…

15 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Breakthroughs in Inclusive Succession Planning
Questions that reshape perspectives can fix talent management systems in ways that naturally enable broader diversity in leadership.…

12 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Vital Signs of Diversity and Inclusion
Measuring D&I success is similar to measuring health. To make sense of D&I progress, we have our own D&I “vital signs.” However, such “vital signs” al…

29 Jan. 2013 | Comments (2)
Making the Most of Diversity and Inclusion in M&A Integrations
We know that managing diverse company cultures and initiating inclusive cultural change is a key factor associated with successful acquisitions. Howev…

10 Dec. 2012 | Comments (0)
Ten Questions Toward Tangibly Linking Diversity Metrics to Business Success
Think about the most extraordinary contribution that diversity and inclusion has made to your organization and its success. Now, imagine a future in w…

02 Nov. 2012 | Comments (2)
Counting What Counts in Diversity and Inclusion
When it comes to meaningful D&I metrics, are we asking the right questions? Business executives love figures, particularly quantitative measures that …

25 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Influence Specific Behaviors for Diversity and Inclusion Results
Being an effective Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) professional entails having the ability to continually influence individuals at all levels in an orga…

07 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Including Introverts in Extrovert Environments
In Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain explores the experiences of introverts as they navigate extroverted c…

27 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Someday is not Soon Enough: Rapid Realization of Gender Balance
Years ago in Atlanta, Georgia USA, actor Ruby Dee altered the way I thought about the acceptable pace of change to achieve transformations in Diversit…

15 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Belonging or Fitting in: Cultivating Inclusion, Engagement and Innovation
Achieving a balanced mix of diverse employees is an important part of D&I work, but this is not enough. It is also important to create an inclusive en…

08 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Balancing Global and Local Interests in a Multinational D&I Strategy
The ever-changing requirements of a diverse market and customer base require organizations to cultivate an agile, inclusive culture. How do you combin…

30 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Establishing a Global Framework for Diversity and Inclusion
Even when employees and customers are local, D&I leaders must respond to international megatrends. D&I leaders need to ensure our strategies are both …

22 May. 2012 | Comments (4)
Changing the Way We Change Minds about Diversity and Inclusion
Influencing sustainable change in the complex realm of Diversity and Inclusion is challenging. With constant demands for better business cases and ac…

30 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Cultivating Open Minds to Enable Innovation in Diversity
D&I professionals strive to cultivate open minds to encourage people to understand and value a broad spectrum of perspectives. When we think of people…

23 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Strategies That Systemically Integrate D&I Into Organizations and their Interdependent Parts Will Enable Better Results
Many prevailing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are focused on changing individual awareness and behaviours. This reliance on individual awareness…

10 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Extending D&I Value Beyond Human Resources
To expand the impact and sustainability of Diversity and Inclusion, and demonstrate its value across the entire business, we must fully integrate D&I …

02 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
New Strategies for Including Everyone in Diversity
New strategies are necessary to avoid unintentional exclusion and make the most of including everyone in diversity.…

26 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Does Inclusion Really Include Everyone?
More than two decades ago, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas explained that diversity includes everyone. Based on my research and experiences, these were radica…

14 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Are Your Diversity Goals a Business Distraction or a Business Enabler?
Leaders and managers might not see how they can afford to focus on D&I on top of their business responsibilities. Indeed, part of being a leader is d…

08 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Building the Future of Diversity and Inclusion
Some of the most beneficial innovations in contemporary Diversity and Inclusion demonstrate that the path to better results depends in part on questio…

24 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Is Diversity Progress at a Snail’s Pace Good Enough?
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) innovators are well-positioned to accelerate increasingly significant, meaningful, and sustainable results. New D&I prac…