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CONFERENCE KEYNOTES

30 Insights from the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Conference

“I note the obvious differences between each sort and type. But we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

Maya Angelou, poet

Building Bridges and Creating Cultures Where Everyone Belongs

While companies can hire a diverse workforce, they can’t hire their way to inclusion—they need to change the entire culture to become more inclusive. And until they address the culture, systems, and policies, nothing will change. They can start altering the culture by viewing diversity and inclusion (D&I) differently. It should no longer be viewed as a short-term or standalone venture—it needs to be intentional and incorporated into how the organization operates, including recruiting, talent development, decision making, and growth strategy. They can further foster greater understanding through discussions and role-playing, using employee resource groups (ERGs) to improve policies, and examining their decision-making processes to see where bias may creep in.

When 301 practitioners and experts met to discuss diversity and inclusion, we took notes. Here are the highlights:

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Sheri Rothman

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The Conference Board