052 – Diversity and Inclusion: Stop Checking the Box | Jessica Gendron

Jessica Gendron (@JessGendron) is the President of the Center For Leadership Excellence. In this episode, you’ll hear Jessica explain why it’s time for leaders to step up and build a culture where people are respected and embraced for their differences.

Truth You Can Act On:

  1. Ask for feedback. You need to know what’s going on in your company. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to make sure your employees feel safe enough to provide feedback.
  2. Diversity and inclusion should be tied to business outcomes. If we can tie inclusion into overall business strategy and important KPIs, there will be more buy-in from everyone. Tie it to the bigger picture.
  3. Unconcious bias. Teach your people about what this term means. It’s all about awareness.
  4. Stop checking the box. It all starts with us, as leaders, to encourage diversity and inclusion.

Book Recommendation:


  • Emplify – Are you still using pulse surveys? How about annual questionnaires? If your organization relies on either of these, it’s time to discover Emplify. Emplify has created a new way to measure employee engagement. It’s where CEOs who want to know what’s really happening within a workforce go… to get honest feedback… and to understand what needs to change for people to love their work using simple and trustworthy data.

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