Representatives from Fortune 500 companies, government, non-profits and academia examined the evolution of inclusive workplaces at the recent launch of the Deloitte University (DU) Leadership Center for Inclusion. The more than 250 attendees discussed a wide range of inclusion issues including minority recruiting, veteran hiring, attracting and retaining lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender talent, and growing the number of women in science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) fields.
Christie Smith, Ph.D, west region managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and managing partner for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, was instrumental in developing the vision and formation of the Center. Through the Center, Deloitte is changing the conversation around inclusion, and engaging thought leaders, clients, business leaders and their professionals in the process.
“One of the primary goals of the Leadership Center for Inclusion is to fundamentally redefine what inclusion looks like in the workplace,” said Smith. “This is not just about programs or initiatives; it is the leadership issue of our time.”
The DU Leadership Center for Inclusion will host training programs, lectures and special events for Deloitte professionals, clients and thought leaders to further the dialogue on inclusion and share leading practices. In addition, the Center will foster innovation by expanding the understanding of inclusion through stories and discussions, which disrupt the traditional views of diversity and work-life fit.
“Inclusion has become fully embedded within our overall Talent strategy,” said Deb DeHaas, chief inclusion officer, Deloitte LLP. “Through the DU Leadership Center for Inclusion, we are working to advance the discussion around diversity to include a broader understanding of what inclusive cultures look like in the 21st century workplace.”
For more information on the Center please visit: http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Inclusion/leadership-center-for-inclusion/index.htm.