Intention doesn’t always equal impact.
To move the needle, you need to act.
Here are 10 Things You Can Do to Impact Change Within Your Organization Today:
Explicitly request a diverse range of referrals when recruiting job candidates, and vendors for contract work.
Ensure underrepresented employees are included on your interview committee.
An empathetic workplace is also an inclusive workplace, so consider creating a workshop or webinar on how to communicate with empathy. Invite an expert to speak and share perspectives with your team and colleagues. (See this list of DEI consultants from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation)
Engage a member from your local Black Chamber of Commerce as a vendor or participant for an upcoming virtual event or conference.
Use LinkedIn to find diverse candidates and add them to your candidate pool or tracking system for currently open positions or future positions. Identifying them early could make it much easier to fill your pipeline.
Advocate for and amplify the voices of diverse colleagues in team meetings, casual workplace conversations and conferences, and most importantly, with your leadership team.