Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Exude, we operate under the premise that we are all people first, and employees second. In order to produce and perform at work, we must be able to show up as our whole self. Our DEI work helps you create a space where people can be their best self…and their whole self.

Each of us have biases, and that’s okay! Yet we are all challenged to go beyond simply being aware and to be proactive in how we manage them with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. Progress goes well beyond awareness and training; it’s about actions, policies, practices and results. Statements with no actions to support will be called out. That’s where Exude excels.

We get this is overdue. We get that we need to meet you where you are at. We get that some people are hurt and others afraid. We get that HR can help. These are the core spaces we work in DEI:

DEI Strategy

We don’t believe in checking the box on DEI; there needs to be a larger strategy. If you have a DEI strategy, we can provide feedback and insights based on what we are seeing across the industry.  If you need help defining your strategy, we’ve got your back there too.

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DEI Training & Development

Commitment to DEI starts with self-awareness and education; it is then reinforced with communications and accountability.  Organizations can accelerate learning and increase expectations by way of focused training and communications.

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DEI Assessments

Exude has two different approaches for assessments: surveys and focus groups. We have structure around this work but we flex it to where our client is at and what moves the work forward the right way.

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Our Approach

Our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is to meet our clients where they are in their journey and help them move toward a more inclusive workplace. We know that each organization has its own unique characteristics that need to be considered when thinking through and implementing a strategy so we begin by fully understanding the current culture before making recommendations for solutions.

We offer a range of DEI solutions that include Strategic Planning, Surveys, Training and Development, and DEI Project Management/Implementation Support. We work with clients on any and/or all these areas to help them structure a strategy and an implementation/execution plan to ensure their DEI efforts are impactful and sustainable. Our mandate is to act in a proactive and consultative partnership with your people. At Exude, our mission is to support yours.

Our Philosophy

We believe that training must be learner-focused and connected to your culture to be successful. We also know that every company is unique, so we design our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs to be tailored to address your unique culture and then make the connection to your business strategy.

Our programs are developed with a focus on the learner experience – one that is engaging, meaningful and relevant to the work they do. Whether delivered in person or in a virtual environment, each course is designed to be interactive and allows for participants to connect to nd common ground, capture ideas and identify action steps. Each session includes tools and resources that participants can immediately implement to positively impact workplace and community interactions. Sessions are tailored with company-specific scenarios to meet client needs.

Our Team

Our consultants customize their approach to meet the development needs of our clients. Our cadre of highly qualified HR consultants have designations ranging from PHR to PHD, and provide support in all areas of human resources including diversity and inclusion, executive coaching, strategic compensation and general HR support. To learn more about our consultants and their backgrounds, click below:

Alison DiFlorio

Managing Partner, Human Capital Consulting Division

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Makeda Brown

Senior Human Capital Consultant, Leadership Coach

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Dan Gallagher

Managing Director, Human Capital Consulting Division

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David Elcock

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Common Diversity Questions:

You have questions around diversity and inclusion and we have answers. Check out some of the most common questions we receive below.

  • What is workplace diversity?

    Workplace diversity is defined as similarities and differences among employees in terms of age, cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Many workforces are making a conscious effort to have more heterogeneous workplaces that have a workforce with varying ages, races, culture and backgrounds.

  • What are the benefits of diversity in the workplace?

    Business Performance – A recent study, Diversity Matters conducted by McKinsey found that diverse workplaces outperform non-diverse competitors by 35%. More diverse workforces are able enhance creativity within a workplace because of diversity of thought.

    Talent – Organizations that are culturally sensitive and committed to diversity and inclusion are able to recruit top-talent. Diverse talent pools offer greater selection of talent, skills and expertise. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are able to provide organizations with innovative ideas and different perspectives.

    Customer Satisfaction – More and more organizations are requiring that their business partners and providers are meeting certain levels of diversity. In some instances, in order to grant business to a partner, organizations are requiring that employers have diverse workforces that are trained to be culturally sensitive.

  • How to create a culturally sensitive workplace?

    The first step in creating a culturally sensitive workplace is getting commitment from the senior team that diversity and inclusion is a priority for the organization. Once you have commitment from your senior team, you can begin to work with a diversity consultant to create a sustainable and impactful diversity strategy.

    At Exude, our systematic approach to cultural transformation begins with the assessment, design, and implementation of a comprehensive strategic diversity and inclusion plan.  We focus on “what really works” and help ensure that your diversity council, committees, resource groups, and strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives yield measurable impact throughout your workplace.  In addition, we help you infuse inclusion throughout your business practices and through training program(s) designed to raise awareness and build cultural competency. We find you a consultant who has the right industry experience to accelerate your organization’s diversity strategy.

  • Why is diversity important in the workplace?

    Legal Ramification – Although the EEOC does not mandate specifics around diversity in the workplace, there are circumstances where lacking cultural sensitivity can lead to legal issues. For example, if your workplace does not have practices in place that allows all employees to show up authentically, challenges may arise with their ability to do their job. This can then lead to legal issues around acceptance and respect, accommodation of beliefs and gender equity. Having a clear diversity strategy in place will help employees see that your workplace is inclusive and allow them to thrive at work.

    Unconscious Bias – Unconscious bias is the bias everyone has and can be a result of your upbringing, and social factors such as media. Although we do not consciously realize, these bias can influence the decisions we make. It is why top organizations are making a investing in a diversity strategy and offering unconscious bias training.

Marcos Lopez, Founder & CEO

Working Together For You

Exude’s DEI work helps you create a space where people can be their best self…and their whole self. We meet our clients where they are on their journey and provide the needed support to help them reach their goals.

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