Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

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On Saturday, November 12, 2016, passionate young professionals from every industry imaginable gathered for FindSpark Next, a professional development workshop focused on helping young pros gain invaluable career insight and advice for moving up. One of the awesome highlights of this event was a panel on Diversity and Inclusion featuring Juliette Austin of FrankEvans Consulting and Ricky Tiscareno at 1stdibs and moderated by Emily Meithner from FindSpark.

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This powerful panel began with insights into navigating the touchy subject of race within the workplace. Following the results of the recent presidential election, this is a topic that will inevitably be brought up in many offices around the county. Juliette advised that the first step to addressing diversity and inclusion is to address fear, particularly the fear of others. When an honest and open conversation can be held around topics that overcome fear, diversity and inclusion can truly flourish. Consequently, when diversity and inclusion flourish, all members in the workplace are free to be their true selves.

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Ricky worked to bring further diversity and inclusion to 1stDibs through developing a process aptly named DIBS: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. He noted that it’s important to take diversity and inclusion to the next step in order to help multifaceted individuals feel accepted in their professional environments. 1stdibs promotes inclusivity efforts through encouraging employees to engage with various groups such as Out Dibs for LGBT employees and Dibsversity for anyone interested in discussing topics around diversity.

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A great testament to the power of this panel lies in the following quote by Juliette, “The less you are yourself, the less trust you build.” Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is rooted in being authentic and receptive to those different from oneself. When everyone has the freedom to be himself or herself, barriers can be broken and great things will be accomplished.

How do you bring diversity and inclusion to your workplace? Let us know in the comments below!


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Melissa is a Contributing Writer for FindSpark. When she's not working as the Client Relations Coordinator at Biz Virtuoso, she is most likely taking too many photos of her dog, Cooper. Follow her on twitter @itsmelissadj and connect on LinkedIn.

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