Creating Inclusive Workplaces

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Overview

In a 2011 survey by Forbes, 85% of large companies (those with revenues above $500 million), agreed with the statement, “A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation.”  Studies confirms that building inclusive work environments and recruiting diverse candidates improve organizational performance. 

Global management and consulting firm McKinsey & Company, for example, has found that companies with diverse gender and ethnic representation in leadership were 33% more likely to earn above-average profits than organizations with less diverse leadership.  The same study found that companies without diverse representation suffer a penalty: they are 29% less likely to achieve above-average profitability.  Diverse working groups tend to be more innovative and are better at solving complex, nonroutine problems than groups that are more homogeneous in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. 

Creating inclusive work environments requires a multi-faceted approach, and involves factors both within and outside your organization.  Participants joined Sustainable Pittsburgh for this workshop that took a deeper dive into the social equity side of sustainability.  The workshop explored some of the methods organizations use to create more inclusive work environments as well as highlight external factors that may be limiting your organization’s candidate pool during hiring phases. 

Featured Presenters

Patricia Bucek, National Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction, Vibrant Pittsburgh

Jamie Edwards, Assistant Director, Office of Title IX Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

Crystal Jennings, Transit / Housing Organizer, Pittsburghers for Public Transit

LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, Change Agency's WE Challenge Consultant

Date

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time

8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am - 11:30 am Program

Location

Energy Innovation Center, Room 115

1435 Bedford Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am  Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:05 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

9:05 am – 9:20 am  Equity: Sustainability’s Third Principle

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

9:20 am – 9:40 am  Workplace Equity Challenge: Real Tools for Making Change

LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, Change Agency’s WE Challenge Consultant

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9:40 am – 9:45 am  WE Challenge Q&A

9:45 am – 10:05 am  Attracting Diversity to the Pittsburgh Region

Patricia Bucek, National Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction, Vibrant Pittsburgh

10:05 am – 10:10 am  Attracting Diversity Q&A

10:10 am – 10:25 am  Break and Networking

10:25 am – 10:45 am  Regional Influences: Transportation and Access to Housing and Employment Opportunities

Crystal Jennings, Transit / Housing Organizer, Pittsburghers for Public Transit

10:45 am – 10:50 am  Regional Influences: Transportation, Housing, Employment Q&A

10:50 am – 11:10 am  A Proactive Approach to Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence

Jamie Edwards, Assistant Director, Office of Title IX Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

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11:10 am – 11:15 am  Sexual Misconduct and Domestic Violence Q&A

11:15 am – 11:30 am  Closing Remarks, Networking, Program End

About the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

A yearlong, friendly competition for businesses, nonprofits, universities, and local governments, the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge engages employees and measures improvements in the areas of energy, water, waste, transportation, social equity and more.  

This workshop is open to all who are interested.  SP Challenge participation is not required.

SP Challenge Actions

Participants in this workshop may gain sufficient information to complete the following actions in the 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge:

Q1: Adopt a broad and inclusive definition of workforce diversity (5 points)

Q2: Develop a vision for your diverse and inclusive organization (5 points)

Q3: Develop your organizational strategy to achieve your D&I vision (5 to 20 points)

Q5: Assess your organization for barriers to inclusion (1 to 20 points)

Q6: Assess your workforce diversity (10 to 50 points)

Q8: Write and implement a recruitment policy to encourage diversity and inclusion (1 to 15 points)

EA9: Advocate for sustainable policy locally and regionally (4 to 20 points)

EA30: Attend SP Challenge Workshops (1 to 50 points)

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