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How to build a more inclusive, equitable leadership team

Once an organization decides to begin the diversity and inclusion journey, what steps need to be taken so that the trip becomes a real success?

It begins with a mass commitment across the organization, according to one panelist at the upcoming HRD HR Leaders Summit, that will virtually take place on Oct. 19.

“Diversity, equity, inclusion issues are systemic so I don’t know that they can be solved with one-off programs or policies. Organizations need a comprehensive approach that looks at diversity, equity, inclusion across the entire organization, and then also how the organization fits in with society. HR could take the lead on the effort but it is an organization-wide undertaking,” says Sartaj Sarkaria, chief diversity officer and vice-president, corporate services at the Canadian Marketing Association in Toronto.

Once an organization decides to begin the diversity and inclusion journey, what steps need to be taken so that the trip becomes a real success?

It begins with a mass commitment across the organization, according to one panelist at the upcoming HRD HR Leaders Summit, that will virtually take place on Oct. 19.

“Diversity, equity, inclusion issues are systemic so I don’t know that they can be solved with one-off programs or policies. Organizations need a comprehensive approach that looks at diversity, equity, inclusion across the entire organization, and then also how the organization fits in with society. HR could take the lead on the effort but it is an organization-wide undertaking,” says Sartaj Sarkaria, chief diversity officer and vice-president, corporate services at the Canadian Marketing Association in Toronto.

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