Diversity, Culture, & Inclusion
I am a builder. That is the mindset I’ve always had ever since I was a little boy. When I first entered the diversity and inclusion arena I always signed every email with, “I build experiences that are catalysts for social change and understanding.” That mentality has rung true since my first project the Innovators of Changes documentary/ award series to my latest creation, 100 Roses From Concrete a network for men of color in advertising, marketing media, public relations.
The intersectionality of diversity, culture, and inclusion is the only way to cure the diversity dilemma that hurts industries across the board. They're so many wonderful advocates that are working hard to move the needle of change but the response from those in power has been less than agile and more at a snail's pace to protect their interest in the direction of the industry.
I get it, change is not easy for anyone especially when there are millions of dollars on the line. Industries have made millions off of an old model that is noninclusive and barely diverse. So why mess with that model? Well, the question should be why not mess with that model? McKinsey reported that 33% of agencies with diverse teams do better than those that don't. Our industries are in constant evolution. You name the area and ten things are different since last year. However when we take a good look at the genetic makeup of the institutions old and new you can almost guess what the inner workings look, feel, and even taste like (figuratively).
Our world is changing whether we like it or not. The way people want to feel when they walk into work is changing as well. People want to come to work and see people they directly relate to and those they can’t relate to but want to learn from. The processing and flow of information are 30 times faster than it was 30 years ago. Technology has enabled us to work more efficiently while hindering us socially create introverts and those they share too much. We need to find the proper balance for the future of the industries we currently have and the ones of the future.