We already know that inclusion refers to a “cultural and environmental feeling of belonging—assessed as the extent to which employees are valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate in the organization.” Plus, research from BetterUp shows that if workers feel like they belong, companies reap substantial bottom-line benefits: better job performance, lower turnover risk, and fewer sick days.
But with so much information out there, how can you be sure your organization is taking concrete steps to nurture a sense of belonging for your employees? We’ve sifted through the latest content from some top DEI influencers who honed in on the importance of belonging and what that means for your organization. Here’s what they have to say.
Carin Taylor | Chief Diversity Officer at Workday
Simply defined, emergence is order arising from chaos. As TEDxSonomaCounty reflects on how our community has changed over the past year, and we cultivate the seeds of new beginnings, TEDxSonomaCounty 2022: Emergence came to life. Carin’s session focused on the importance of belonging, and what it means to her, beginning at 3:16. Watch here.
Jonathan Lovitz | Candidate for PA House 182nd District; Public Policy and Advocacy Leader
In this episode of Disability Matters (a podcast) Jonathan discusses his role as a politician and national leader in the LGBTQ+ and Disability Communities, as well as the intersectionality between these two groups. He will discuss his work as a small business and public policy advocate and as a special advisor for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, as well as the key issues he is talking about in his campaign for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Listen here.
Jacqueline Welch | Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The New York Times
To kick off season 3 of Race at Work (a podcast), Jacqueline talks about why representation matters at all levels of an organization. Jaqueline is the second Black woman to be on the New York Times masthead. She also discusses the 1619 project, a long-form journalism initiative by the Times paper and magazine that reframes the history of slavery and contributions made by Black Americans. They get into the project’s impact and how it’s leveraged internally to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. Listen here.
Katelin Holloway | Founding Partner at 776
“If we get more check books in the hands of more people who identify as female and non-binary, we are bound to see a meteoric rise in the venture capital dollars going to these female-led companies.” -Katelin Holloway.
For #WomensHistoryMonth, all the women of 776 met to talk about the current state of women in venture capital and where we see the industry headed to be more inclusive of women. Check out this clip between Elisabeth Garvin and Katelin from that conversation
Asif Sadiq | Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia International
Approximately a week from now will be the start of Ramadan, and if the new moon is sighted (which can vary by country) millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting from dawn to dusk, which will involve refraining from drinking and eating and of course through the fasting learning to be a better person. Asif put together this guide that provides some insights into what Ramadan is and how it is celebrated by many Muslims around the world. Read more.