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CommPRO: What’s a Director to Do?

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CommPRO: What’s a Director to Do?

In CommPRO, Richard Levick provides resources for companies and organizations looking to improve their diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives.

Today we release the fourth eBook in our series on challenging issues facing companies and institutions, this one on our thoughts about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are planning a number of additional broadcasts soon, including a new series we have developed with CommPRO and the Museum of Public Relations entitled Conversations with America’s Legends, kicking off with Ambassador Andrew Young, which will be added, along with others, to the eBook.

Over the years, I have had the honor of working with and speaking to many boards, public and private, and with many individual board members. Never was I simultaneously impressed and surprised by a question more than the one above. And that was three years ago. The world has only gotten faster, transparency more weaponized, political challenges more divisive. Into the breach, though always there, come sexual and racial issues. Certainly, there is no going back, nor should there be. There’s not even hiding. Leading is the only option.

The number of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion speeches, matters and meetings we have participated in has only escalated in the past number of months, resulting in this new eBook. At each meeting, executives and, particularly, directors, are asking, “What should we be doing?” I find that when I speak about history, trends and what’s next, it all seems too big. Understandable, as we have reduced so many of our board responsibilities down to lists, so here is one to make it more tactical, though these actions all require wisdom, grace and indefatigability, as DEI is not a destination but a journey that never ends…Read more

LEVICK |

CommPRO: What’s a Director to Do?

In CommPRO, Richard Levick provides resources for companies and organizations looking to improve their diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives.

Today we release the fourth eBook in our series on challenging issues facing companies and institutions, this one on our thoughts about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are planning a number of additional broadcasts soon, including a new series we have developed with CommPRO and the Museum of Public Relations entitled Conversations with America’s Legends, kicking off with Ambassador Andrew Young, which will be added, along with others, to the eBook.

Over the years, I have had the honor of working with and speaking to many boards, public and private, and with many individual board members. Never was I simultaneously impressed and surprised by a question more than the one above. And that was three years ago. The world has only gotten faster, transparency more weaponized, political challenges more divisive. Into the breach, though always there, come sexual and racial issues. Certainly, there is no going back, nor should there be. There’s not even hiding. Leading is the only option.

The number of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion speeches, matters and meetings we have participated in has only escalated in the past number of months, resulting in this new eBook. At each meeting, executives and, particularly, directors, are asking, “What should we be doing?” I find that when I speak about history, trends and what’s next, it all seems too big. Understandable, as we have reduced so many of our board responsibilities down to lists, so here is one to make it more tactical, though these actions all require wisdom, grace and indefatigability, as DEI is not a destination but a journey that never ends…Read more

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