Where's Your CREW

November 21, 2021
Written by: CREW-St. Louis

Take the Challenge on Understanding, Embracing DEI

CREW-St Louis members assembled in our best hybrid format – half via Zoom and the other half in person in the beautiful Remiger Design workspace – for a special session on The Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Today’s Workplace. Thank you, Team Remiger, for hosting! 

Attendees participated in a repeat of the interactive exercise Janese Murray, Founder and President of Inclusion Impact Consulting, led at the Spring Leadership Summit. The exercise explores various dimensions of diversity. Even with the hybrid format, the impact of standing or turning a camera among those in the room who had experienced various forms of discrimination created a circle of trust and new bonds between members. 

We learned that diversity is the representation and value of all identities and differences. 

Janese shifted the discussion to inclusion, equity and belonging and reviewed the terms:

Inclusion - Creating an environment that engages everyone, leverages the differences and encourages them to deliver their best work.

Equity - The state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair. Equity ensures that everyone gets what they need to thrive, which may include the need for structural and systemic change.

Belonging - The feeling of being part of something and mattering to others.

Inclusion and equity build a culture of belonging by actively and intentionally inviting the contribution and participation of all people, Janese noted. 

Why are diversity and inclusion important?
  • Organizations with higher levels of diversity are far more likely to demonstrate innovation.
  • Companies that report high levels of diversity are: 
  1. 45% more likely to report that their firms’ market share grew over the previous year.
  2. 70% more likely to report that their firms captured a new market.
  3. There is also less groupthink that allows for more new ideas and dialogue.
Finally, participants reviewed the following inclusive leadership skills and identified which skill they wanted to work on and why it was important to do so: 

 If you were unable to attend, the DEI Committee challenges each of you to do the same.