When an organization is striving to align Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) with improved customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and bottom-line results, executive commitment is essential. Often leaders will “okay” a D&I initiative and then assume that their role is finished and that other organizational stakeholders will “make it happen.”

Leadership engagement, not only at the beginning, but throughout every step of the D&I Journey is crucial to achieving the desired business impacts and sustainability of the D&I efforts. Most executive team members want to demonstrate their commitment to D&I and role model inclusion, but struggle with translating that desire into day-to-day leadership actions.

The D&I Executive Commitment Journey is targeted for C-Level Executives, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Business Unit Leaders and their direct reports.  This journey aligns the strategic direction of the D&I effort, with the implementation of committed behaviors and actions from the executive team. It is comprised of three phases:

Define

Declare

Demonstrate

The journey begins with one-on-one interviews with executives and is comprised of a series of 1 to 2-hour modules conducted over 6 to 12 months. Each module includes a post-session assignment for leaders to implement in their respective organization. The journey also includes a measurement process for monitoring progress and success.

At the end of The D&I Executive Commitment Journey, leaders will be able to:

  • Articulate the business case for D&I

  • Lead all audiences towards a sustained commitment to D&I

  • Lead all personnel in valuing differences

  • Sponsor and support D&I efforts

  • Lead in a culturally competent way