IEM Corner

In addition to the ToolKit, a compilation of resources specific for CEOs and business leaders to start their journey to a more inclusive organization, the Inclusive Economy Movement Corner contains additional articles, studies, and news surrounding the DE&I space. More importantly, there are highlights from Inclusive Economy organizations that are doing the work to create a more inclusive organization, and thus an economy that works for all people.

Civil Unrest in the U.S. Could be Planting Much-Needed Seeds of Change

[Excerpt from the original article in the Catholic Health World here.]

w201101_CivilUnrest-Jumonville_a-6Lydia Jumonville
President and chief executive of SCL Health, Broomfield, Colorado

The renewed urgency around racial equality and social justice has prompted Lydia Jumonville to look inwardly at what she and her health system are doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusiveness and at what more they can do. “I think it’s caused us all to pause and say, ‘Are the things that we’re doing helping move this along in as appropriately expeditious a way as possible?'” she says.

In response to the calls for change, Jumonville over the summer joined 29 other chief executives who became founding members of Colorado Inclusive Economy, a group that describes itself as committed to rebuilding the state’s economy “in a way that works for all.” She says she and the group’s other leaders “are really dedicated to envisioning and operationalizing a Colorado that is more equitable and inclusive.” The leaders will share best practices and provide an open discussion toward that goal.

Within SCL Health, Jumonville and her leadership team are sharpening their focus on health disparities and how best to address them. They are now at work on a five-year strategic plan that she says will focus on how to best measure health disparities and from there act with intention on how SCL Health can help impact and create more health equity in the communities the system serves.

Jumonville says the overhang of health disparities was evident in the uneven impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the illness slammed the Native American population in Montana, SCL Health leaders worked with tribal leaders to provide education about the disease and care for those who were stricken in a culturally sensitive way. As the surge in cases pushed the system’s resources to the brink, dozens of SCL Health associates in Denver volunteered to go to Montana to help out.

“I’ve seen incredible collaboration and many positive things coming out of our response to COVID,” Jumonville says.

— LISA EISENHAUER

[Read the full article and the other professional’s perspective in the Catholic Health World here.]

$1M Grant to AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

The late Kaiser Permanente CEO’s commitment to health equity and social good will continue in his memory.

Kaiser Permanente announced this week their commitment of a $1 million grant to the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.

Bernard was on a determined mission to transform health care in America, and through his leadership helped bring issues of equity into the mainstream. He touched so many lives, and I know through his legacy he will continue to touch lives,” said Greg A. Adams, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. As we have seen with COVID-19’s disproportionate health and social impacts on Black, Latinx, and other underserved communities, it’s clear that there is far more work to be done. We are proud to honor Bernard’s memory and help continue his life’s work with this contribution.”

Healing the World

By Phil Kalin, President and CEO, Pinnacol Assurance and Founding Leader, Colorado Inclusive Economy

[As written in the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce November 2020 Newsletter]

As a leader—as an American—these recent months have been a time for self-reflection. I’ve been examining my own beliefs and behavior as well as my company’s. It’s crystal clear to me that business leaders need to prioritize combating racism and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our own workforces and use our platforms and influence to develop an inclusive economy in our great state.

My board and I are proud of our company and believe we set a good example of fair employment practices and good corporate citizenship both inside and outside our walls. But are we as good as we want to be? The answer is “not yet.”

In June, I sent an email to our 650 employees, talking of the need for positive action using as a metaphor the Jewish responsibility of “tikkun olam” or “heal the world.” The email generated an outpouring of responses from our employees, most of whom were hungry for dialogue and action. However, a sizable minority asked why a successful company like ours needed to change or saw DEI as a political issue we shouldn’t touch in the work environment. It became so clear that we needed to continue to listen—to address employee beliefs and pain points directly as we move ahead.

In the meantime, we’ve made some immediate changes to our recruiting and hiring practices, are building more diverse supply chains, and are providing training and resources to support our employees’ understanding. We know that this is just the beginning. I’m also thinking more broadly how to build initiatives that will support communities across Colorado and make this work have a lasting impact.

As this work evolves, we may make some decisions with which all of our employees do not agree. If we do so transparently and respectfully, in faithful pursuit of clearly articulated goals and actions, I believe that we can play a part in healing the world. That calling has never been more urgent.

Phil Kalin, President and CEO, Pinnacol Assurance

When They Say: “Implicit Bias Trainings Don’t Work”

In an article earlier this year, VP of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity, and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State UniversityJ. Luke Wood, PhD, writes about how implicit bias training is not a cure-all for workplace inclusion:

“Implicit bias training must be combined with other strategies, such as inclusive job announcements and search criteria, pool certification for representational diversity, diversity advocates on search committees, evaluation of teaching demonstrations based on the use of inclusive pedagogies, cluster hiring, systems of accountability, and clear support from campus leaders.”

The Anti-Racism Work Your Business Should Be Doing

The Inclusive Economy Movement is devoted to promoting black voices, leaders, and workers. Today, we wanted to share some insight from Dr. Tiffany Jana (they/them) of TMI Consulting, Inc., in an interview with Chris Marquis, a contributing writer for Forbes. Jana is a leading voice in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) work, saying,

“We look to expand people’s cultural fluency, because a lot of the negative behavior that we see has to do with a lack of exposure.

Why are there still so few Black executives in America?

After the death of George Floyd and so many others, countless companies issued statements of support for  the Black Lives Matter campaign. While these statements were a step in the right direction, actual change is — for the most part — still needed.

USA TODAY analysis shows that “while corporations and boardrooms have added African Americans over the decades, the executive suite has not, even at companies that have diverse boards.”

This reality is in dire need of correction. If we want to bring about an Inclusive Economy, we must work to have Black people in every space of the corporate hierarchy. The report also found that “Of the 279 top executives listed in the proxy statements, only five, or 1.8%, were Black, including two who recently retired.”

We must do better. What does your C-Suite look like?

Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of life-risks and outcomes.

For example, for many people in racial and ethnic minority groups, living conditions may contribute to underlying health conditions and make it difficult to follow steps to prevent getting sick with COVID-19 or to seek treatment if they do get sick.

There are countless factors that can impact a person’s health, and this website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sheds light on it all.

6 Steps to Measure Your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

EVERFI, an E-learning company, is another tool that CEOs and leaders can use to promote DEI in their businesses. What should you measure? Simply put, “Measure what matters.”

Here are 6 simple questions to ask yourself about the DEI initiatives in your company. We hope you use this as a stepping stone to think about what your company can do more of to truly build an Inclusive Economy.

Why putting Black women first may save us from economic disaster

COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the world. In the U.S., the impact of the coronavirus on minorities and historically disenfranchised people is even greater than on white people. In an investigative essay for Economic Policy InstituteAnna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman dissects and explains the importance of lifting up black women, writing:

“Black women are the core of the nation’s economy, holding the front-line jobs and running small businesses, and they are more often the single heads of households in their communities. If they are elevated through policy, including everything from paid sick leave to stimulus programs targeted directly toward them, the economy at-large will benefit.”