Building/leading inclusive cultures
Inclusion becomes a source of strength
I consult with companies that have a mature program in place and want to know if there are ways to take their program to the next level, what to do post unconscious bias training that might have a more lasting effect, or how to measure and promote inclusion and belonging.
Working with companies (from start ups to non profits, to public companies) that recognize they want to put an ED&I program in place and are not sure where to start, we co-create a design to meet each company's needs and support integration with leadership development as well as the business plan.
As new issues and challenges arise, I leverage my background in instructional design and experiential learning in my design of new interactive programs to address changing conditions in the workplace. Recently my program From #Me too to #Never Here has been leveraged by senior leadership teams and boards of directors as they recognize the risks involved in a culture where harassment is allowed to flourish.
My most current program "Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging In The Current Climate" addresses the challenges of dealing with systemic racism that have not been discussed in corporate cultures. How to support Black employees, anti-racist actions building strong allieship as well as how to address those who are not comfortable with difficult conversations while dealing with highly charged emotional issues of working through a pandemic.
The "sweet spot" in my consulting practice :
Moving beyond diversity to focus on inclusion requires that companies help leaders; embrace new ideas, accommodate different styles, hold courageous conversations, become comfortable with disruption, eliminate harassment and value differences. To do this requires taking critical steps essential to creating a work environment that promotes inclusion in all its variations.
My approach is grounded in driving measurable results based on a D&I audit, industry best practices, and understanding the vision and any specific goals your leadership team has for diversity, engagement/belonging and inclusion. After we clarify the strategy, I assist in identifying policies, processes and/or programs, as well as a prioritized action plan for implementation as well as success metrics.
Nuts and Bolts:
Each consultation is created to maximize sustainable growth and results that support your business goals.
Meet & Explore
- In the initial meeting, together with Marilyn, you delve into what has been done, any metrics available and trends based on metrics such as engagement surveys, retention, talent review process etc.. You define the goals, and together we chart the course for achieving them.
Implementation and Traction
- While programs are important, and we offer several, accountability and follow up is key. With Marilyn you’ll debrief, track progress, and discuss questions or issues that have arisen, and her supplemental material and process for follow up with help promote continuous progress toward a more inclusive culture and inclusive leadership.
Program Cost: each contract is customized and pricing is dependent on the elements included