The event featured a panel of four Boston-based business influencers who were invited to shed light on the positive impact that D&I can have on a company’s overall success.
Event moderator and NESN Digital Host, Rachel Holt, got the conversation started by asking the four panelists (Quincy Miller, President of Eastern Bank; Rebekah Salwasser, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation; Alexis Miller, Director of Business Operations at WeWork; and Kip Hollister, CEO of Hollister Staffing) to explain what Diversity & Inclusion means to them.
“It goes beyond the color of your skin,” explained Quincy.
“It really expands to saying we become a stronger organization if we value … different colleagues … who help us to think more broadly.”
Left to right: Quincy Miller, Rebekah Salwasser, Alexis Miller, Kip Hollister
Kip agreed. “[D&I] isn’t about ethnicity,” she said. “It is about … really showing up to hear other people’s points of views.”
The panelists then jumped into discussing the importance of building D&I-based initiatives within their companies.
“I think [it] is important as a leader for my staff to know [that D&I] is something I’m committed to,” Rebekah shared. “I want to make sure as a leader that I can set that example as best as possible.”
Alexis added to this by explaining that “[At WeWork,] we have weekly check-ins where we talk about allocation of time as it relates to D&I initiatives. I’m just proud of the team for really … understanding the impact that [D&I] can have.”
To learn more, you can check out a video of the conversation below!
Want to develop a D&I strategy for your organization?
Our two-day "Designing, Implementing, and Measuring The Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan©" workshop, in partnership with Susan Gordon is coming on October 25th. This workshop is designed to provide professionals responsible for diversity and inclusion with hands-on guidance on how to build effective D&I strategic plans or strengthen existing diversity plans for their organizations. Click below to learn more: