Mentoring for a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a mainstream business standard that is impossible to ignore. Avoidance or indifference these days, is a business risk. Whether it’s a failure to get the basics right, lack of a strategy, resistance to an inclusive workplace, or inconsistency, the result is that conditions are not in place for diversity to thrive in many companies.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Few interventions support DEI and the dismantling of systemic inequalities as well as mentorship.

In this whitepaper, we explore what companies need to understand about:

  • the evolution of diversity in the workplace
  • why mentoring matters for an inclusive workplace
  • types of mentoring for DEI
  • how to focus on outcomes over outputs

Organizations are uniquely positioned to address issues of inequality and exclusion. They have a common purpose, shared values and culture, but more importantly the resources and discretion to make an impact. So why not start now?

Contributing Authors

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Karen Jaw-Madson
Karen Jaw-Madson is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, author of Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @ Work (Emerald Group Publishing, 2018), founder of Future of Work platform A New HR, executive coach, and instructor at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. She enables decision makers to address organizational challenges that affect business performance, including leadership, company culture, talent optimization, and change management. A former corporate executive, Karen is known as a versatile leader across multiple industries with experience developing, leading, and implementing numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. She has been featured in Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, Thrive Global, and Protocol, as well as written for publications such as Forbes, Greenbiz, SHRM’s HR People+Strategy, TLNT.com, HR.com’s HR Strategy & Planning Excellence magazine, and HR Professional magazine. Karen has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

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JP Mangalindan
A seasoned journalist and storyteller, JP Mangalindan’s work has appeared in numerous publications over the last 18 years, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune Magazine, GQ Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Teen People, Mashable and Yahoo Finance. He has interviewed tech visionaries such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and many others. JP has appeared on TV and radio, and moderated panels at conferences around the world.

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