How to Move DEI Conversations Beyond Just Talk
A DEI commitment is admirable, but success requires action
Protests around social-justice issues this year have prompted associations to prioritize conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). But a conversation isn’t the same thing as taking initiative, and DEI is one of those things that has a way of generating lots of goodwill that can diminish over time.
Last week, a roundtable of five association executives addressed what that action can look like. The virtual meeting, moderated by Vista Cova’s Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, took its inspiration from CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative of PricewaterhouseCoopers that includes a pledge that CEOs lead DEI conversations, implement education on unconscious bias, be transparent about their experiences and engage the board in their efforts.
Thus far, more than 1,300 CEOs, including around 180 in the association and nonprofit space, have signed on to the pledge.
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