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Experts Explore Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Advocacy Thought-leaders in workplace diversity explain why inclusion drives success and what steps their companies are taking to build a better work environment for all.


USA Today | April 6, 2018



The USA Today insert on Diversity and Inclusion included a panel with experts. The article, “Experts Explore Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace," interviewed Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Jamie Hechinger about her thoughts on diveristy and inclusion in the workplace. The article is excerpted below.

Jamie Hechinger

Diversity & Inclusion Practice Co-Leader, Russell Reynolds Associates

"Listen. Empathize. Connect. We are more alike than we are different. Everyone wants to be understood."

How does having a diverse company and an inclusive atmosphere directly translate to the success of your business?

Diversity and inclusion are powerfully correlated with innovation, creativity, retention and employee engagement. As a global executive search and leadership advisory firm, we must be diverse ourselves to provide the best team and serve our clients optimally. We must intentionally nurture an inclusive culture to leverage the benefits our diversity brings.

Can you discuss how you have truly engaged with diversity and inclusion in the workplace differently than you have in the past? What are your goals for this year in 2018?

We are the only firm in our industry to sign the CEO Action Pledge, publicly committing our firm to tangibly advancing diversity and inclusion across our workforce. This means revamping our hiring processes, ensuring that diverse talent is developed and retained, and empowering ourselves and our clients globally to evolve leadership.

What are the steps to connect and engage in effective conversations with those who are different than you to propel progress?

Listen. Empathize. Connect. We are more alike than we are different. Everyone wants to be understood. Connection leads to progress. Also, be courageous. Use your voice and platform to do what is right. Diversity and inclusion isn't you against me, it's you and me united. It's about all of us thriving together.

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Experts Explore Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace