Simplifying DEIB initiatives: Lessons from the Inside with Victoria Rodgers

Today’s The Business of Being Human offers a simpler way to approach DEIB. This approach puts human beings at the center and addresses the fear that is so common around taking on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging within organizations.

In this episode, Wendy Horng Brawer chats with Victoria Rodgers. Victoria is the IDEA Strategy Director at Tier One Performance and is responsible for the establishment of IDEA – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility. Victoria has a combined 20 years of leadership in business development, culture transformation through DEIB, learning development, leadership coaching, master facilitation and strategy consulting.

Wendy and Victoria share insights on how they have learned, grown and experimented in the DEIB space and share helpful tools that help simplify what DEIB is essentially about – creating spaces where people feel that they belong and can have productive and authentic relationships with one another.

Fostering belonging is another topic Wendy and Victoria touch on. Belonging is a two way street, meaning that organizations can do a variety of things to foster equity and inclusion, and individuals can close the loop to create belonging within a system by choosing to accept their company’s invitation to belong. Both sides take responsibility for the mutual relationship together.

Other tools discussed and shared include design thinking and applying it to creating lasting and generative human experiences within organizations that celebrate diversity. How might we foster empathy, connection, respect, and collaboration and build trust, safety, vulnerability and agency. These seasoned leaders of inclusive spaces share in this fireside chat.

You can connect with Victoria on LinkedIn.

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