Diversity Strategy

Diversity Strategy Overview

At Exude, we don’t believe in checking the box on DEI; there needs to be a larger diversity strategy, or the efforts can and will backfire.  If you have a 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.  

Exude will lead your leadership team through a strategic planning process to help identify and align on key goals and objectives for your DEI Strategic Plan. This process listens to the needs of the organization and their employees to prioritize meaningful opportunities to improve the employee experience. The result of the strategic planning process is a DEI Strategic Plan that will serve as a clear roadmap for implementing your DEI strategy. Your consultant will guide you through the process outlined below:

  • Kick-Off Meeting

    Initial meeting with executive sponsor and DEI Committee to initiate partnership with to refine and support the DEI goals and planned activities.

  • Intake

    Our consultant(s) will meet with your Leadership Team, DEI Committee and other identified stakeholders. These meetings may be one-on-one or group sessions. Meetings will focus on the following:

    • Gathering information on your current DEI approach, accomplishments and insights gained.
    • Clarifying priorities and logistical parameters and any other specific guidelines that influence the engagement.
  • Pre-Planning Session Questionnaire

    Delivered electronically two weeks prior to the strategic planning session, this confidential questionnaire gathers perceptions of the leadership team with regards to the DEI efforts and focus to date. Your Exude consultant will aggregate data and introduce themes identified at the strategic planning session. This serves to give the facilitator insight as to the alignment of the leadership team.

  • Strategic Planning Session

    Your Exude consultant will facilitate a two-hour strategic planning session with senior leadership to define one-year plan. Your leadership team will work together to identify your organization’s current diversity, equity and inclusion strengths and opportunities. They will identify priorities and outline a comprehensive and manageable DEI Strategic Plan. In this session, leaders will:

    • Discuss current culture, strengths, and opportunities informed by Pre-Planning Questionnaire findings.
    • Establish vision of future DEI culture, needs, key focus areas.
    • Outline strategic plan aligned to the organization’s overall strategic plan.
    • Discuss current communications and develop DEI Communications Plan. Identify objectives, initiatives, quick wins, measures and next steps.
  • DEI Strategic Plan

    In conjunction with the leadership, our consultant(s) will build a comprehensive DEI Strategic Plan informed by the planning session. They will present their findings in a draft plan, followed by the final plan. The document will include:

    • A list of prioritized goals/objectives (the what) and rationale (the why).
    • A plan outline including planned activities/tasks and key success measures.
    • A phased timeline for deliverables, milestones and status updates.
    • A communication/rollout plan.
    • A list of best practices for engaging employees and activating the plan.
  • Transition Meeting

    After the presentation of the final DEI Strategic Plan, our consultant(s) will facilitate a meeting to exit the engagement and seamlessly transition the work to internal resources.

DEI Strategic Plan Implementation

The rollout of a DEI Strategic Plan is influenced by several factors including organizational readiness, collision mapping key priorities, and internal resources and capacity. Exude’s consultant(s) working the implementation will use the plan to guide the lift over time and ensure that the work moves forward at the right pace for the right reasons. The actual number of hours and span of time for implementation will be custom.

DEI Outsourcing

There are times DEI work needs extra resources. Whether it’s a case of needing more capacity, more capability, or both, our DEI outsourcing provides you with skilled and experienced consultants to ensure that your DEI work continues to move forward. In most cases these resources are allocated to help on implementing DEI initiatives and ongoing measurement of progress and can be positioned as either a project manager, program manager, or coordinator to support the team execution against the DEI Strategic Plan. They will also work with the team to identify and address any issues, obstacles, and/or opportunities along the way. DEI Outsourcing will be customized based on organizational needs.

Our Consultants

Anthony “Tony” Moore

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Alison DiFlorio

Managing Partner, Human Capital Consulting Division

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David Elcock

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Dr. Shannon Mason

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Hazel Stanislaus-See Wai

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Jai McBride Calloway

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Sabrina Harris

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Kimberly Nash

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Dan Gallagher

Managing Director, Human Capital Consulting Division

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Nikki Gillum-Clemons

Senior Human Capital Consultant

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Makeda Brown

Senior Human Capital Consultant, Leadership Coach

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Interested In Creating a Diversity Strategy?

Alison DiFlorio, Managing Partner, Human Capital Consulting

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.

Interested in assessing your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy?