Explore the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trends

Over the past six weeks, the Belonging at Work team developed a blog series exploring emerging trends for diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) professionals. Each week, the blog series examined a new trend in the DEI field with the purpose of encouraging more leaders to consider if these trends were worth pursuing. If they were, leaders were encouraged to consider how they could be implemented. A summary of these 2018 DEI trends include:

1)    Embracing an inclusive “diversity” definition

2)    Leveraging artificial intelligence to overcome unconscious bias

3)    Sourcing high potential talent with non-traditional credentials

4)    Assessing the ROI of Your Diversity Efforts

5)    Refreshing the Interview Process to Reduce Bias

6)    Holding Leadership Accountable to Their Diversity Commitment

To connect with fellow professionals, we’ll be offering a live webinar next Thursday, April 12 where  participants will have an opportunity to further explore these trends. The learning kicks off at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time, and DEI professionals along with anyone else interested in the concept of how to cultivate workplace cultures of belonging are encouraged to register here: www.rhodesperry.com/register.

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During the webinar, participants will gain a foundational understanding of how emerging DEI trends align with their organization’s current vision around creating workplace cultures of belonging. Together, we’ll discuss what trends are possible for your organization over the short term, and what trends may be more aspirational to drive the work into the future. No matter if your organization has been focused on this work for decades, or if you’re just getting started, you’ll walk away from the conversation with greater knowledge, skills, and confidence to put these trends into practice.

Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.