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INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

1. Overview

Guidehouse’s Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) program is committed to fostering a progressive work environment that creates awareness, supports an open exchange of ideas, and encourages a collaborative culture. It allows our professionals to grow their internal and external networks, develop a greater affinity for different experiences, and enhance cultural competency—a vital leadership skill in today’s global business environment, but more importantly, to Guidehouse’s culture and our RI2SE values.

Through our I&D programs, we’re able to more deeply understand and appreciate the needs of our colleagues and clients. 

2. Pan-Asian Inclusion Network

Guidehouse’s Pan-Asian Inclusion Network is committed to the development of Asian professionals. The Pan-Asian Inclusion Network provides members with a forum of support and mentoring to help them excel in their professional careers. The Inclusion Network also provides outlets for cultural awareness through various events that include networking and professional development opportunities as well as supporting external organizations that contribute to the development of Asian professionals.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Each year during Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Inclusion Network members along with other colleagues celebrate the Asian-Pacific American culture. Through local office initiatives and virtual events, employees learn about the culture with celebrations that include trivia, dance and music, museum outings, or other culturally relevant initiatives. The Inclusion Network also sponsors firm-wide webinars that highlight the career paths and success stories of Asian professionals and news-makers.

3. Black Inclusion Network

The Black Inclusion Network’s mission is to support and advise its members – and Guidehouse as a whole – through cultural awareness and understanding that promotes hiring, retention, and career advancement around education, professional growth, and development.

Black History Month (February)

Each year the Black Inclusion Network commemorates Black History Month by celebrating the culture through a number of local office and firm-wide of events. For the past several years, the Inclusion Networks #NCIWillHelpSomeone theme has resulted in donation drives where employees have donated thousands of items and funds to support local organizations who help those less fortunate in their communities. The culture is showcased through events such as museum outings, trivia, food tastings, and movie/documentary viewings.

4. LatinX Inclusion Network

Guidehouse’s LatinX Inclusion Network provides professional and social networking for employees of Latino descent and employees who want to learn more about the Latino culture. The LatinX Inclusion Network provides its members with professional development and support, as well as encourages network development both within Guidehouse and externally. The Inclusion Network aims to provide connections across the organization – geographically and across practice areas – to build relationships with each other, share ideas, and assist in professional and personal development. The Inclusion Network also strives to develop and maintain external partnerships with organizations that have similar goals.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

Each year during Hispanic Heritage Month, Inclusion Network members showcase their cultural interests and connect with fellow employees through office-based activities. Celebrations focus on music, dance, food, trivia, and more, all with Latin influences. The Inclusion Network has also hosted firm-wide webinars that have focused on successful Hispanic business executives who talked about their path to success and how their Hispanic heritage has impacted their journeys.

5. OPEN Inclusion Network

The OPEN Inclusion Network is an internal global employee network formed around the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The Inclusion Network’s progressive approach to LGBT issues is widely recognized. Guidehouse is among Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, and we have earned a 100 percent rating for 11 consecutive years on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

National Pride Month (June)

OPEN celebrates National Pride Month each June with networking and awareness activities, including participating in the Chicago, DC, and Indianapolis Pride parades. Past celebrations have included webinars on an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality; a conversation with Breanna Sinclairé, the first openly transgender woman to study and graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and the pursuit of inclusion, presented by Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city (Houston).

Anti-LGBT Legislation

Nearly 200 state and local governments have proposed legislative initiatives that negatively impact the rights of the LGBT community. These initiatives tear at the fabric of a forward-thinking, just, and open society. They are bad for business and bad for the communities where we live and work. Guidehouse opposes any legislation that allows discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Guidehouse believes that every person deserves equal rights regardless of age, religion, race, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, or disability. Guidehouse stands against legislation that marginalizes our clients, colleagues, families, and friends.

Business Coalition for the Equality Act

Guidehouse proudly supports the Business Coalition for the Equality Act and passage of the Equality Act. The Equality Act establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education, and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination based on sex in federal funding and access to public places. The Equality Act is designed to protect the LGBT community in many of the same ways that the Civil Rights Act protects racial minorities.

Learn more about the Business Coalition for the Equality Act.



6. Women's Inclusion Network

Guidehouse’s Women’s Inclusion Network provides an inclusive, multi-dimensional environment to support the connection and development of female employees.

Members of Guidehouse’s Women’s Inclusion Network gather regularly both in-person and virtually to discuss industry-hot topics, personal and professional development opportunities, and to network. In several offices, members participate in informative “power breaks” to connect, build relationships, and further their professional development. 

Members also collaborate regularly with external organizations such as the Women’s Leadership & Mentoring Alliance, and host our own annual Women in Leadership Business Forum.

International Women's Day (March)

Each year in March, the Women’s Inclusion Network celebrates International Women’s Day with firm-wide activities as well as office-based programming.

Example initiatives have included a screening of a shortened version of the film “Girl Rising"; a panel discussion featuring the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and senior Guidehouse professionals who discussed how women can create opportunities to make an impact within their communities; and a webinar featuring tips and tricks to achieve a more balanced life.

7. Young Professionals Network

Guidehouse’s Young Professionals Network is dedicated to the development of young professionals through networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and increased exposure to leadership to elevate the employee experience.

Through their participation, young professionals further develop their skills, become better connected to each other and enhance their careers. Young Professionals at Guidehouse are invited to participate on a companywide-basis and in office-based programming designed to invest in their professional development. All activities are designed to meet the needs and objectives identified by the network. Example programming includes: initiatives focused on building connections, networking, and career development. 

8. Veteran Affinity Network

Guidehouse’s Veteran Affinity Network is committed to the recruitment and development of veterans. Guidehouse values the skills and experience that veteran and military professionals bring to the workforce and is dedicated to providing a community where veterans can grow their careers, share their experiences, and become thought leaders.

Veteran & Military Observances

Throughout the year, the Veteran Affinity Network honors our veteran and military professionals on key days of observance. Memorial Day and Veterans Day allow network members and all employees to honor, recognize, and give thanks for the sacrifices made by veterans. Example initiatives have included employees making paracord bracelets and writing letters of gratitude which were included in care packages sent to troops deployed overseas. Yellow Ribbon Cake ceremonies have been held in various offices across the Company on 11/11 at 11:11 a.m. to commemorate the WWI armistice between the Allied nations and Germany. Employees have also participated in a jeans/camo day where donations were raised for organizations that support veterans and their families. Additionally, a “Wall of Heroes” video montage was created to honor veterans in the lives of our employees.

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