Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) is more than a 'feel good' investment. It is critical to an agency's ability to achieve its mission objectives. Better outcomes are achieved from the wealth of perspectives and ideas generated from diverse and inclusive teams. Creating spaces to leverage the perspectives of a diverse workforce in decision-making attracts and drives innovative possibilities, and fostering inclusion and belonging is the key to maintaining an engaged and committed workforce. When people feel as though they're accepted and part of something, they're more willing to support one another and the goals of the organization. Overall, government is at its best when drawing upon all parts of society, and when those delivering on the mission reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
During the collaborative Truman Center and Guidehouse session, panelists discussed recent EOs and mandates requiring DEIA strategic plans, shared Guidehouse's data-driven approach to DEIA, and provided client examples highlighting DEIA successes and advances.
Panel Moderator: Winta Tewolde, Director, Guidehouse
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