Biz: What are some ways businesses can be mindful of advocating for women’s growth and leadership across all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds?
R.C.: Education is a key component of increasing diversity in the workplace and a purposeful program like SKY Is needed to drive the education. We all come together with different life experiences and unconscious biases. Through education, we can learn to better appreciate each other’s perspectives and communication styles. Business leaders must truly lead the way to drive lasting change.
Biz: Are there aspects of SKY that focus on an inclusive approach to leadership and coaching?
R.C.: Each month our Leadership Team participates in a discussion on a focused topic such as inclusive feedback, equitable mentoring, and what inclusive leaders sound like. In addition, our coaches have specific training to help them be more effective in giving inclusive feedback advancing the careers of all our personnel. Overall, the intent is to create an inclusive culture and remove cultural barriers that could prevent any BKDer from maximizing their potential.