Our DEI team
DEI Council: Creating an environment where all staff members can grow and succeed
Formed in 2003, Plante Moran’s DEI Council was established to guide the firm toward long-term success and growth in diversity practices. We recognize that when you increase your retention of diverse staff, you build a pipeline of diverse future leaders of the firm. The Council integrates our staff resource groups, Women in Leadership, and our WorkFlex Committee under one umbrella to ensure we’re effectively leveraging staff and sharing best practices, tools, and resources across the firm.
“We’ve made tremendous strides in this space, and I’m proud of that. I’m equally excited to build on that momentum to move forward,” said DEI Council Chair Lou Longo. “This is not a destination. It’s a journey we’re all on together with opportunities for continuous learning. I see this position as an honor and a responsibility, and I hope to do right by the firm.”
What’s the key to integrating DEI efforts among the firm and our workforce? SRGs
Our staff resource groups (SRGs) are designed to help group members feel a sense of inclusion and belonging. We do this through a variety of efforts that help them expand their networks, nurture their professional development, and provide career support. This grassroots effort is staff-driven, so groups are requested and led by staff versus firm leaderships.
“Though autonomous, all of our SRGs have a similar vision: to help our diverse staff feel seen, heard, and supported,” said DEI Leader Hawzien Gebremedhin. “We currently have four SRGs: Pride, African American, Veterans, and Satellite, and have plans to add three more in 2022. We understand that our SRGs are crucial to help our diverse staff members feel a deeper sense of community while building a more inclusive workspace for all.”
Women in Leadership: Bringing increased equity to career advancement
Our Women in Leadership (WIL) initiative is aimed at increasing the visibility of women leaders internally and externally, providing targeted developmental career opportunities to retain and advance women leaders, and supporting partners in giving high-potential female staff growth and development opportunities.
And is this initiative making a difference? Absolutely. Women now make up 27.9% of all partners, compared to 17% when WIL was first formed. And our female mentoring program has seen a 300% increase in participation.
WorkFlex Committee: Because the whole person comes to work
An essential component of the WorkFlex Committee is the idea that we all need to be flexible. What works one week for work-life balance might look different the following week or the following year. The key is to be adaptable and open to changing circumstances.
That’s where WorkFlex comes in. Developed to support staff in their ongoing quest for work-life balance, the program has been the catalyst for a number of initiatives, from our business casual dress policy, to a host of alternative working arrangements, to a “buddy” program to support new parents — all in the name of helping staff find their balance.