In order to effect change across the organization, we first needed to make sure the leaders of the company understood how to recognize and address their unconscious biases and what it means to be an ally to the BIPOC community.
The CEO and members of the Executive Leadership Team participated in Layla Saad’s 28-day anti-racism program studying white privilege and examining their unconscious bias. The group meets bi-weekly to continue the conversation and update each other on their personal progress. Furthermore, the entire Executive Leadership Team participated in professionally-facilitated conversations exploring unconscious bias, learning ways to recognize it within themselves, and how to challenge others to do the same.
With a new foundation and perspective, the Company created a roadmap with short-term and longer-term actions to make our Company more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. These actions include, among others, hiring goals in order to create a workforce that reflects the communities in which we serve, a program to ensure our BIPOC employees have opportunities for career growth, and companywide sensitivity training and unconscious bias training for hiring managers across the company.