• About the Author: Rebekah Steele

    Rebekah Steele is a Senior Fellow, Human Capital at The Conference Board. In this role, Rebekah supports the Human Capital Practice which includes The Conference Board Human Capital Exchange&trad…

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12 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
Broad Views Spark Diversity and Inclusion Breakthroughs
As Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) leaders scan the landscape for ways to enhance the value created through D&I, how can they be more inclusive of broader sources of insight?

09 Oct. 2013 | Comments (0)
Three New Competencies for Leading Diversity and Inclusion
In my D&I work partnering with and developing corporate, academic, and NGO D&I leaders around the globe, I see the critical importance of 3 additional competencies: Design, Systems Thinking, and Execution.

15 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Breakthroughs in Inclusive Succession Planning
Questions that reshape perspectives can fix talent management systems in ways that naturally enable broader diversity in leadership.

12 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Vital Signs of Diversity and Inclusion
Measuring D&I success is similar to measuring health. To make sense of D&I progress, we have our own D&I “vital signs.” However, such “vital signs” alone do not tell us whether or not our organizations are healthy when it comes to D&I.

29 Jan. 2013 | Comments (2)
Making the Most of Diversity and Inclusion in M&A Integrations
We know that managing diverse company cultures and initiating inclusive cultural change is a key factor associated with successful acquisitions. However, in managing complex cultural integration challenges, the Chief Diversity Officer is often underutilized.

10 Dec. 2012 | Comments (0)
Ten Questions Toward Tangibly Linking Diversity Metrics to Business Success
Think about the most extraordinary contribution that diversity and inclusion has made to your organization and its success. Now, imagine a future in which your organization identifies critical D&I levers that improve strategic business outcomes.

02 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Counting What Counts in Diversity and Inclusion
When it comes to meaningful D&I metrics, are we asking the right questions? Business executives love figures, particularly quantitative measures that definitively measure profit and return on investment. Often, we don’t understand the meanings behind the numbers.

25 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Influence Specific Behaviors for Diversity and Inclusion Results
Being an effective Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) professional entails having the ability to continually influence individuals at all levels in an organization. However, where to focus our efforts is one of the most critical decisions we face.

07 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Including Introverts in Extrovert Environments
In Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain explores the experiences of introverts as they navigate extroverted cultures which favor those who are gregarious, confident, commanding, and drawn to the limelight.

27 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Someday is not Soon Enough: Rapid Realization of Gender Balance
Years ago in Atlanta, Georgia USA, actor Ruby Dee altered the way I thought about the acceptable pace of change to achieve transformations in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) work. Rather than singing, “We shall overcome some day,” they sang, “We shall overcome Sunday.”

15 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Belonging or Fitting in: Cultivating Inclusion, Engagement and Innovation
Achieving a balanced mix of diverse employees is an important part of D&I work, but this is not enough. It is also important to create an inclusive environment where every employee thrives, flourishes, and feels that he or she belongs.

08 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
Balancing Global and Local Interests in a Multinational D&I Strategy
The ever-changing requirements of a diverse market and customer base require organizations to cultivate an agile, inclusive culture. How do you combine multiple perspectives and ways of working together to generate positive outcomes?

30 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Establishing a Global Framework for Diversity and Inclusion
Even when employees and customers are local, D&I leaders must respond to international megatrends. D&I leaders need to ensure our strategies are both globally and locally relevant. How do we include and make the most of globally diverse populations?

22 May. 2012 | Comments (4)
Changing the Way We Change Minds about Diversity and Inclusion
Influencing sustainable change in the complex realm of Diversity and Inclusion is challenging. With constant demands for better business cases and action plans, we sometimes forget how essential it is to motivate executives and other stakeholders through their feelings.

30 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Cultivating Open Minds to Enable Innovation in Diversity
D&I professionals strive to cultivate open minds to encourage people to understand and value a broad spectrum of perspectives. When we think of people with closed minds, we rarely think of Diversity champions. But what happens when D&I practitioners close our minds to new ideas?

23 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Strategies That Systemically Integrate D&I Into Organizations and their Interdependent Parts Will Enable Better Results
Many prevailing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are focused on changing individual awareness and behaviours. This reliance on individual awareness, competence and motivation is among the key reasons D&I results are not as meaningful as they need to be.

10 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
Extending D&I Value Beyond Human Resources
To expand the impact and sustainability of Diversity and Inclusion, and demonstrate its value across the entire business, we must fully integrate D&I into our organizations. To do this, we need to embed D&I into daily decisions and standard processes in every function.

02 Apr. 2012 | Comments (0)
New Strategies for Including Everyone in Diversity
New strategies are necessary to avoid unintentional exclusion and make the most of including everyone in diversity.

26 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Does Inclusion Really Include Everyone?
More than two decades ago, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas explained that diversity includes everyone. Based on my research and experiences, these were radical ways of looking at diversity in North America, and it re-framed the foundation of my work.

14 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Are Your Diversity Goals a Business Distraction or a Business Enabler?
Leaders and managers might not see how they can afford to focus on D&I on top of their business responsibilities. Indeed, part of being a leader is deciding what to do, as well as what not to do, with limited resources.

08 Mar. 2012 | Comments (0)
Building the Future of Diversity and Inclusion
Some of the most beneficial innovations in contemporary Diversity and Inclusion demonstrate that the path to better results depends in part on questioning and sometimes letting go of former practices and programs with results that are valuable, but not sufficient.

24 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Is Diversity Progress at a Snail’s Pace Good Enough?
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) innovators are well-positioned to accelerate increasingly significant, meaningful, and sustainable results. New D&I practices are needed to make the most of that diverse mix to achieve individual, organizational, and societal goals for this generation.

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