diversity, equity, & inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies of yesterday simply aren’t enough to build an innovative, future-ready culture that embraces diversity at every stage, from recruitment through retention and advancement. As positive disrupters in diversity consulting, we can help.
Build and empower a diverse workforce
Top talent are now looking for companies with diverse and inclusive culture to join. According to Deloitte’s 2017 report, 78% of respondents now believe diversity and inclusion are a competitive advantage. Only 3% of Fortune 500 2017 companies were transparent about the demographics of their workforce. Creating a culture that creates innovation begins with a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plan. By working together, we will increase your company’s profits and productivity while giving you the keys to make you a destination for top talent.
Smithsons assists mission-driven businesses with integrating and operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that DEI is not a one-time event or response to catastrophic situations, but should be embedded in the very membrane of all companies for the health and growth of their employees. We embrace cross-disciplinary approaches to accelerating impact by bringing dynamic learning systems, the use of thoughtful data-driven approaches to gauge progress and build clear impact pathways to scale DEI in several aspects.
affinity, employee, & business resource group planning
Resource groups comprise volunteers from all levels within the organization and influence diversity strategy by promoting the interests of that demographic. Today’s leading-edge resource groups are increasingly focused on their value as sources of innovation, tackling a company’s biggest business opportunities in ways that harness their unique power and perspective.
investment programs for diverse talent
Smithsons' deep-dive programs for distinct identity groups are designed to identify, train and empower the next generation of diverse business leaders so they feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. Participants learn valuable skills and have multiple opportunities for reflection, practice, and coaching.
organizational change management
Smithsons provides strategic advisory services at the C-suite level, as well as training for employees, assessing the current state, and developing an action plan to implement change and foster collaboration among individuals and departments. We also create communications strategies that enhance your ability to resolve conflicts, align an executive strategy cross-functionally, and generate a higher return on investment.
Organizations that are able to help their diverse talent advance will be the organizations that will both benefit from the contributions of diverse senior leadership and become employers of choice.
Located in our Grow + Academy, Navigating Leadership is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary professional development program designed primarily for high-performing minority managers and senior managers to cultivate their leadership skillset and to help prepare them for the next stage in their careers.
Employee Resource Groups are one of the most impactful ways to create inclusive spaces. Through Cornerstone, we’re here to help start an ERG, take an existing ERG to the next level, new to leadership, or help transition leaders/sponsors byway of training, coaching, and strategy.
A marketing and advertising agency needed to set a new long-term strategy to attract and retain the diverse talent required to stay competitive. After rolling out customized initiatives, the company saw a 30 percent decrease in attrition while increasing the number of people of color in leadership roles by 20 percent.
A Word from our Head of Diversity Recruitment
Read about our team’s commitment to centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything that we do.