Here’s what we know:
- Diversity isn’t just about differences in race, religion, and physical ability. It’s much more and includes a wide variety of attributes.
- Diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams—every time.
- It’s possible to be diverse yet not inclusive, but it’s nearly impossible to say, “I’m inclusive but not very diverse.”
That’s why we focus not only on diversity and inclusion but also on equity. Equity is working in open and demonstrative ways to remove bias, acknowledge root causes, and eliminate practices that promote injustice. As part of that effort, we recently hired our first full-time diversity & inclusion leader; we’ve also amped up our onboarding and retention efforts of minorities and women. Why? Because it enables us to enhance the expertise with which we serve our clients, to better reflect the local communities where we live and work, and to continue down a path of continuous learning to develop knowledge, appreciation, and acceptance of those around us.