December 2017 | Point of View

One year later, how open dialogue has inspired action

One year later, how open dialogue has inspired action

Introduction

Inclusion and diversity are vital to our firm’s ability to understand client issues and deliver differentiated solutions—and are embedded in our core values. As we’ve grown to more than 950 people in 10 offices across the United States, fostering an inclusive environment becomes more challenging. 

Understanding that you cannot have diversity of thought, experience, and approach without an inclusive environment, we began a journey to strengthen our culture of inclusion. This article is the fourth in a series on what we hope is becoming an open conversation about inclusion and diversity. Our first letter, A conversation about inclusion and diversity, part 1: The tipping point, published in March 2017, discusses observations that led us to begin this journey. The second letter, published in July 2017, reflects on inclusion as a foundation for building a unified team in a merger or acquisition. The third letter, published in October 2017, offered some thoughts on ways we can break down the barriers to inclusion, using our goal of developing more female leaders as an example. 

Here, as we look ahead to the next year of this journey, we reflect on the steps we have taken over the past year and some signs of progress. 

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