Parsing the difference between diversity and inclusion

Parsing the difference between diversity and inclusion

February 10, 2020 Off By esential1@
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Ete Davies: The word diversity means to me celebrating the difference be it ethnicity, gender,

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sexual orientation, or even just your background or your train of thought.

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Inclusion is very different.

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Inclusion is about how people feel.

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It’s a celebration of people feeling great as their unique, authentic selves but being

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part of a great connected whole and contributing to that.

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Stefanie DiGianvincenzo: The biggest missing piece that the industry is facing at the moment

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is we are approaching diversity from kind of a quota or tick-box point of view.

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So if you can see people that you consider diverse within your team, then you feel like

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you’ve ticked that box and therefore will start benefiting from having those teams at

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play.

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The problem though is that, if you have a dominant culture, those teams won’t feel

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comfortable to bring their thinking to the table, and they will also feel generally uncomfortable

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being in that space every day.

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Laura Jordan Bambach: Diversity without the inclusion doesn’t work, right?

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You have amazing people, but they are not able to be their authentic selves, right?

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You need to build a culture which allows those people to thrive and to have an opinion that

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isn’t based on your opinion.

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Adrianne Smith: Once you do the recruitment, and I think everybody’s great at that, because

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they can find a way to get people into the space.

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But the key thing afterwards is making sure you have retention tools, making sure that

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you equip the people that come into your agencies with the proper training, with the proper

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way to network, and showing pathways to success with accountable steps on how you get promotion.

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Any company that does that, I think, is doing a great job.