Strengthening the Community through DE&I
DE&I Resource Guide
Let’s make a difference, together. We have compiled a guide with resources to help your organization at whatever stage in the DE&I journey you are in.
11 Harmful Types of Unconscious Bias and How to Interrupt Them
The Business Case for Diversity
We’ve heard organizations say, “We need to think about DE&I because it’s the right thing to do.” But, it’s not just the right thing to do. Diversity, equity and inclusion genuinely underpins business performance. Diverse teams are better able to help their companies and the economic mobility of individual employees. By 2050, the U.S. stands to gain $8 trillion in GDP by closing the nation’s racial equity gap. Lessening and eliminating disparities for others benefits everyone.
Your company should be aware of these reports to inform your DE&I pursuit:
- Ten Proven Actions to Advance DE&I – Bain & Company
- Delivering Through Diversity – McKinsey, January 2018
- The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths – Deloitte, January 2018
- The business case for racial equity – WK Kellogg Foundation, July 2018
- Missing out: The business case for customer diversity – Deloitte, 2017
- The Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2020
Register for the 2022 DE&I Conference
Equitable policy initiatives, education, leadership and professional development efforts that yield long-term, sustainable results is significant in executing DE&I best practices. The conference is packed with powerful and inspirational speakers, valuable resources and knowledge and a deep look at the Lowcountry Minority Business Ecosystem report – all aimed at helping us assess what is needed to create systemic and equitable change for our business community to thrive.
In case you missed it
Top Takeaways from the 2021 DE&I Conference
The second-annual DE&I Conference set out with motivation to make the right moves and take actionable steps towards solutions. Although the details and valuable knowledge from these speakers could make an entire website on its own, here are few of the highlights from the day.
Lowcountry Minority Biz Directory
Looking for a way to support minority-owned and operated businesses in the lowcountry? Your one-stop-shop for this information is finally here! Our Lowcountry Minority Business Directory is the ultimate regional hub for business information and includes valuable categories such as:
- Asian-Owned and/or Operated
- Black-Owned and/or Operated
- Hispanic-Owned and/or Operated
- LGBTQ+-Owned and/or Operated
- Veteran-Owned and/or Operated
- Woman-Owned and/or Operated
Book of the Month
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
“You were thinking about more basic aspects of a high-functioning society, like adequately funded schools or reliable infrastructure, wages that keep workers out of poverty or a public health system to handle pandemics. The “we” who can’t seem to have nice things is Americans, all Americans. This includes the white Americans who are the largest group of the uninsured and the impoverished as well…”
Rated as an important read for every American, The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee examines the hidden cost of racism, depicts how it’s not just affecting people of color and details how we can prosper together as a whole!
Recognizing and Combatting Bias
- Diversity Dialogues
- Recruit & Retain
- Team Meetings
- Measuring DE&I
Leaders around the country have stepped up to create safe spaces for their employees to have courageous conversations about social justice, race and other difficult issues. These dialogues are important if organizations want to create inclusive workplaces where all people feel a sense of belonging.
Recruitment & Retention
As more and more companies realize the benefit of having more diverse teams, they are starting to turn their attention to hiring and retaining the best of the best from people of diverse lived experiences and educational backgrounds. However, some employers are unsure how to develop an intentional recruitment and retention strategy that will attract top talent to their organizations.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team Meeting Content
Leaving an organization’s diversity efforts to the diversity leadership or human resources team simply isn’t an option. DE&I is not just an HR function, and just because someone has “diversity” in their title doesn’t mean it is solely their responsibility. DE&I must be modeled in your organization and tie into your core values. Making DE&I part of your culture, part of the everyday ways people engage with each other, is crucial. Team meetings are a good time to gauge your team’s DE&I IQ through activities and conversations.
To ensure that companies are moving beyond performative diversity, equity and inclusion, it is imperative that leaders identify relevant metrics to measure progress. Determining metrics for DE&I can sometimes be difficult, but we have provided a few resources to help you get started. You’ll also find some sample DE&I dashboards.
Suggested Reading / Watching
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workspaces by Karen Catlin Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture by Lee Airton How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm
Intentional Leadership with Anton Gunn Connecting Communities and Companies with Darrin Goss Moving Beyond Performative Diversity and Inclusion with E3 Consulting Gender Equity and the Impacts of COVID-19 by Jamie Tozzi
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