While minorities are more common in Board Rooms and in Executive positions these days, progress has been painfully slow and certainly not representative of the workforce in general. Further, whatever progress a company makes often erodes quickly due to attrition, making Diversity largely unsustainable.
“Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)” are viewed together in most Diversity positioning. Simply put, the focus remains on the number of diverse candidates hired and promoted, meanwhile, Inclusion is, in fact, the necessary missing ingredient for more companies and the most effective way to create Diverse teams. The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion coalition (Forbes article) goes further in stating that Inclusion empowers a Culture that makes everyone feel welcomed and part of the team, which in turn accelerates long term success in Diversity. The question is, how can companies move the needle on Inclusion for all employees while gaining the organizational and financial benefits of sustainable Diversity?