Publicly acknowledge the work that you must do and state your commitment to representation in leadership, supplier diversity and eliminating barriers to entry for under represented professionals.
Set a strategic goal by which you can measure your efforts and be held accountable for inclusive practices, procedures and operations.
Find an assessment tool to share with members and/or employees that can properly capture data to provide demographic information, culture assessments and benchmarks. You can also hire a firm for this task.
Provide financial support through scholarships and/or opportunities for diverse professionals to have access to professional development, association membership and industry events.
Design programs/events that intentionally engage under represented professionals (i.e. mini trade shows, hiring events, pitch competitions, etc.)
Invite under represented professionals to your place of business for a site visit (or virtual tour) to learn about your services and break bread (share a meal, cook virtually, etc.)
Schedule one-on-one or group mentor sessions with talented professionals seeking industry advice, support and/or sponsorship.
Intentionally vouch, refer and/or recommend under represented professionals, businesses and freelancers for gigs, contracts, leadership roles, etc. Connect them to your contacts via a “warm hand shake” (i.e. direct intro by email, phone, text and/or Linkedin)
Allocate 10-20% of your budget towards hiring, contracting and/or procuring from under represented businesses.
*The Resource Grow Guide includes more articles, research and data to support your efforts