Activate Thoughtful Inclusion at Your Association
Here are practical steps leaders can take to create organizational cultures
Research suggests that associations “only engage in D&I practices to a modest degree,” and, like most companies and nonprofits, they struggle to attract and retain minority board members, leaders, and employees.
Even though associations are designed to reflect the multiplicity of their communities, many leaders are unsure exactly how to make that happen.
“What we’re seeing with [associations] is they’re starting to mirror that change in society of wanting to have the conversations, wanting to have more open spaces, but not always knowing how to do it,” said Ashly Stewart, senior marketing manager at Personify, which develops membership management solutions for associations. “So, that’s where the practical comes in.”
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