One Year Later, George Floyd’s Death Inspires Corporate Leaders to Take Bolder Actions to Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As the nation recognizes the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, many corporate executives who vowed to change the course on diversity, equity and inclusion are still trying to figure out how to take bolder actions to create more diverse and inclusive companies, according to experts at Fierce Conversations, a leadership development and training company.
Kaplan Mobray, an author, leadership and diversity expert who has spoken to dozens of corporate leaders over the past year, offers six best practices that can help more corporate leaders to transform their companies.
“The death of George Floyd opened the door to long overdue conversations about race and culture within their organizations,” says Mobray, who leads a 3D simulation training session on “Microaggressions in the Workplace” for Fierce Conversations. “Now, post-George Floyd, [corporate leaders] are really focused on workplace culture and creating an inclusive culture for their organization and employer brand.”
According to a recent survey of employees in the workplace, nearly 80% believe that diversity, equity and inclusion attract high quality talent and improve the company’s reputation with customers. On the other hand, the survey points out at that “34% of employees – including 39% of leaders” – believe that DE&I initiatives are a waste of organizational time, effort and money. The survey included 1,527 of full-time employees in companies across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.
“This data exposes the fact that while we have begun to make progress, there is still much more work to do to drive inclusion within the workplace,” Mobray says. “Training and conversations need to continue to keep the momentum and create new norms for inclusiveness within the workplace.”
Ed Beltran, president and CEO of Fierce Conversations, adds, “We know that when executives practice how to have better conversations with each other and with team members, they can transform an organization’s culture into a place where more people feel welcomed.”
Mobray says he has seen more corporate leaders conducting training to address microaggressions, unconscious bias and continuing the work by having difficult conversations everyday – not just “one and done” training sessions. Mobray offers the following best practices to help corporate leaders move forward on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the months ahead:
To interview Mobray or learn more about his 3D simulation training session, contact: Neil Foote, neilfoote@ascendantgroupbranding.com, 214.448.3765.
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Source: Fierce Conversations