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Hybrid workforce: Supporting employees with disabilities (Members and Invited Guests Only)

October 7, 2021

Beyond the basics, what are you doing to focus on truly including people with disabilities when you have a hybrid workforce? Join this confidential, consultant-free conversation to gain unbiased perspective about operationalizing their inclusion when you have thousands of employees. We’ll discuss:

  • What systems are in place to receive, evaluate, and respond to accommodation requests? What’s your responsibility for making these systems work?
  • How are you proactively addressing needs before they come up?
  • What think tanks, consultants or other third-parties do you turn to for help or information to enhance your program?
  • In a hybrid workforce model, how are you effectively engaging employees with disabilities?

Only DEI leaders at large companies understand how critical these decisions are, and what it’s like to be responsible for these inclusionary practices. Join your peers for a private, no-solicitation conversation to help you make the right calls for your company.

Who Attended

DEI Board members, plus Advance Auto Parts, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Community Health Systems, CVS Health, FIS, Greystar, and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Reaching associate-level employees with your DEI strategy (Members and Invited Guests Only)

August 17, 2021

In organizations with a majority of employees in stores, production facilities, distribution centers, or customer-facing offices, you can’t afford to leave associate-level employees behind. On this confidential call just for leaders at billion-dollar companies, we’ll discuss:

  • Operationalizing DEI: Making sure your DEI strategy reaches all levels of your enterprise
  • Cultural competency: Equipping associate-level employees with the skills and tools needed to interface with customers
  • Accountability: Oversight measures to catch and correct breaches of your DEI strategy

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Talk with the people who are solving these challenges at big companies and have the experience and desire to share with you.

Who Attended

DEI Board Members, plus American Family Insurance, American Water, ArcelorMittal, Ascena Retail Group, BOK Financial, Campbell Soup Co., Citi, Colgate-Palmolive, Daiichi Sankyo, Jacobs, Jones Lang LaSalle, LendLease, Perrigo, PUMA, Subaru, Teck Resources, UPS, Xerox, and Yum! Brands.

DEI leadership: Balancing influence and authority at a billion-dollar company (Members and Invited Guests Only)

June 23, 2021

Tasked with big goals and an enterprise commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, many DEI leaders may have enthusiastic executive support and a lot of influence, but limited authority. On this confidential call, join DEI leaders from billion-dollar companies to discuss how to assert your influence, when (and if) to transition to a position of authority, and strategically balancing the two.

Your mission can’t wait. Consultants don’t have this answer; it’s only the leaders in jobs like yours at big companies like yours who truly understand this challenge and opportunity in front of you. This is the space to share what’s worked, what hasn’t, and to ask the questions you can’t ask anywhere else.

Who Attended

DEI Board Members, plus ACCO Brands, Ahold Delhaize, Akamai, Amgen, Biogen, Brinker International, Catalent, City National, Colliers International, CVS Health, Day and Zimmermann Group, Discover Financial Services, First Horizon, Guitar Center, IDEX, Life Time Fitness, Newell Brands, NiSource, Northrop Grumman, Owens Corning, Republic Services, Signet Jewelers, Stericycle, Teck Resources, UPS, US Foods, and Xerox.

Corporate response one year after George Floyd’s murder (Members and Invited Guests Only)

April 14, 2021

our leadership team needs your input on what other companies are planning to do on May 25th. Join this confidential call just for DEI leaders at billion-dollar brands under the microscope to get honest, unbiased, and off-the-record advice directly from your peers thinking through their corporate response. Dial in to discuss:

  • What response, if any, are you preparing at a corporate, CEO, or CDO level?
  • How are you acknowledging the commitments you made last year while recognizing you aren’t “there” yet?
  • How have you prepared for negative feedback no matter what you do?
  • How are you working cross-functionally with communications, CSR, ERGs, and other teams?

You are not alone. We’re here to support each other. Now is the time to dig in deeper, talk through any internal challenges, and ask questions of your peers who are also navigating this complex topic.

Who Attended

DEI Board members, plus AECOM, Allstate, Baxter International, CDK Global, Cigna, Colgate-Palmolive, Ferrara Candy Company, Medline Industries, Merck, OpenText, Pitney Bowes, RB, Siemens, and XPO Logistics.

FAQ

Are these conversations confidential like your members-only calls?

Yes. You will be required to agree to our confidentiality rules when you register.

Who’s going to be on the line?

Everyone on the call will be leading diversity, equity, and inclusion at a big company. This is a conversation for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

What are we going to discuss?

You’ll get candid, honest insights from experienced peers. Bring a list of the things you’re working on right now. We’d love to help.

Who is the presenter on the calls?

Nobody! Everyone contributes. It’s a discussion, not a webinar. You’ll have a deep conversation with people who have jobs like yours at companies like yours.

Why is there no fee and who is funding this?

The DEI Board is a community for people leading diversity, equity, and inclusion at the world’s biggest companies. We have members-only calls each week. Because our conversations are confidential, we host calls for guests to see what we do. In total transparency, we think you’re going to love it and will want to join the community.