In 2020, our country continues to grapple with racial injustice and many companies are scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do next. Some companies are attempting to move beyond the perfunctory gestures of making empty Black Lives Matter (BLM) statements to larger actions of substance, like forming employee resource groups, comprehensive diversity training, or even hiring or appointing someone to lead diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. These are all a step in the right direction, but I’ll argue the moment calls for deeper commitment at the highest levels.
Organizations need to think bigger as to how they can make meaningful, long-term, positive contributions to a more just and representative society. Below are two significant ways to help advance progress and its permanency.
1. Bolster the Board
There’s an old adage that leadership starts at the top, and focusing on the board of directors is the most