For the second year in a row, Deloitte Digital was proud to sponsor the annual Forbes Women’s Summit, June 18-19, 2018, in New York City. Through keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and spotlights, we celebrated and were inspired by powerful women from the worlds of business, entertainment and politics.
Diversity of markets, customers, ideas and talent is driving the need for inclusion as a new leadership essential. From improving recruiting and hiring practices to empowering talent to advance to positions of influence, what are the critical strategies to building the most dynamic teams of the future and propel innovation? What are the qualities that define inclusive leadership that will allow organizations to thrive in this rapidly changing environment?
During the event, Dr. Terri Cooper, chief inclusion officer at Deloitte, hosted an intimate dinner presentation and participated in a panel discussion. Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Jeri Ward, senior vice president and chief communications officer of Audi of America; and Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder of Code2040 joined Terri in a robust conversation about how the very concept of work is being redefined as different generations enter and exit the workforce amid a rapidly changing technological landscape.
Today, the demand for inclusion is only growing. Many organizations are earnestly trying to cultivate inclusive cultures and often ask me what Deloitte has learned on our 25-plus-year journey and what are we focused on now.
We have learned a few lessons along the way—tone at the top is essential and inclusion should be seamlessly embedded into the talent experience. To truly shift forward, we should challenge the status quo, redefining leadership and rethinking the role that each of us can play. In today’s world, organizations are only as strong as their people and, ultimately, their cultures.
Now is the time to challenge unconscious bias and strengthen our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture. It’s also up to each of us to embody the traits of inclusive leadership and bring that to our organizations on a daily basis.