On July 20, Leadership Connect’s Juniper Thren moderated a lively and inspiring panel for the annual ICMA Equity Summit. This panel – Connecting the Dots of Diversity: From History to Implementation – focused on the life and professional experiences of four panelists that have led to their passion and dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in their current leadership roles.
Meet the panelists:
After an hour-long discussion about the DEI in local governments and historical milestones, how to implement it effectively in the workplace, and how to move forward in this space, here are four takeaways from the live webinar:
- DEI is a greater issue than a single role in a company. Each and every person needs to take on the role of DEI ambassador.
- Getting to know your community is essential in understanding your city’s individual DEI needs.
- Taking the lead from DEI “the firsts” and pioneers in families, communities, and other leadership roles is the best way to understand the value of these efforts for change.
- Taking a hard look at your system to ensure that the structures in place aren’t excluding any group is how you can make lasting changes and ensure that all factions of the community are being heard.
Let’s take a deeper dive into these topics to better understand why our panelists pushed these messages so strongly to the audience: