What I really liked about the event was the approach style Jill and Rebecca used. The purpose of this event was to gain insight about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and the leaders provided guided conversation for the attendees to discuss. The areas of discussion were mostly dominated by the following questions:
What does diversity mean to you?, What does inclusion mean to you?, and What is your role in building an inclusive culture?
The first topic we started with was, what does diversity mean to you? One of the attendees and organizers from ZF, Brittani Blackwell, gave the answer, "Diversity is a different way of thinking. It has evolved. The definition is fluid, and it needs to be accepted that it isn't a black and white definition, but a colorful one". The takeaway from the experts was that Brittani's answer was exactly right. The definition of diversity is no longer only in a traditional sense. It may be easier to bucket people into categories, but it's about experience, perspective and background. These factors all influence how we think, interact and work. Embracing different ways of thinking is what drives innovation and enhances business.
We moved over to the topic, what does inclusion mean to you? People are not always aware that diversity and inclusion are two different things. Jill and Rebecca shared with us a quote that really puts things into perspective: