General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer at Sezzle, Candice Ciresi, talks about what diversity and inclusion actually means for a business in 2020 and how you as a manager can transform your cultural ecosystem to be more conducive to a diverse workforce. Candice further mentions how diversity has to start at the top with the leadership and then explores its trickle down implications.
- Diversity and inclusion goes beyond just giving the underrepresented a voice. It’s about creating a small ecosystem of your larger market at your workforce in order to capture the right audience.
- The businesses that have more and above average diversity across their management, have higher revenues and a better cash flow management system (*as proven by statistics).
- There’s always conflict with a diverse workforce but it’s the leadership’s responsibility to embrace that conflict and see it as an opportunity to solve a bigger systemic problem(s) if there are any.
- While there is a diversity in terms of age across workforces everywhere but the old-fashioned walls of resistance are eroding and we see more and more people irrespective of age, embracing new ideas and technologies.
- Remote workforces are also encouraging diversity and inclusion via online events.