Overcome the Fears Preventing Your Company From Embracing DEI Initiatives

Article from MHI Solutions Magazine

At October’s Annual Conference, MHI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee presented “Discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs.” Moderated by Dr. Shanthi Muthuswamy of Northern Illinois University, the panel included:

• Edward Lada Jr., president & CEO of Goodwill Keystone Area and the Goodwill Keystone Area Foundation in Harrisburg, Penn.
• Karen Norheim, president & CEO of MHI member American Crane and Equipment Corporation, MHI Board of Directors and DEI Advisory Committee member
• Mercedes Barragan, global inclusion & diversity manager at MHI Member Dematic and DEI Advisory Committee member

One of the barriers to implementing and expanding DEI (and “B,” for Belonging) initiatives, according to the panelists, is fear among leadership. That apprehension, they noted, is often a critical factor in companies’ lack of DEI progress. Here, I asked Lada and Norheim to share additional thoughts on this assertion. . .

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