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DEI: How to Craft the DEI Conversation to Impact Workplace Culture - 5.2

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Our conversation on DEI continues as we talk with 4 experts this week. While you may understand the importance of DEI, the next step is bringing that understanding into your workplace in a personal and professional way. This week, we give you the framework of how to confidently embark on your DEI journey. Remember, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

We talked with Ann Melinger, Dorianne St Fleur, Mike Klein, and Gihan Hyde on how to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion to positively impact the workplace. You'll learn just how DEI can impact your company and how you can go about crafting a conversation to impact your workplace's culture.


Listeners will learn:

  • 8:13 & 10:03 Developing a shared language / Defining DEI

  • 13:25 Biggest mistakes made approaching DEI work

  • 42:39 Communication hats - the organizing framework needed to craft DEI conversations

  • 47:41 How to tailor your message for each hat

  • 1:00:46 The 5 questions to ask before every engagement


Special Resources:

  • If you need help beginning the conversation of DEI with your company, we've got you covered. Our DEI Communication 4 Step Planning Doc helps to map out the questions you should ask as you start to construct your conversation. This guide walks you through a step-by-process and you'll end up with a solid outline for your next communication piece.

  • Our friends at the Advanced Learning Institute have amazing events that bring internal communicators together. You can get $100 off any ALI Event today. Use the promo code "ALIICPro" at checkout.

  • Sometimes an employee might want to join a DEI group but doesn't want to dig through the intranet or their inbox. Our sponsor Cerkl Broadcast's cross-channel distribution easily gives employees info at their fingertips. With universal search, employees can find things at a moment's notice. Check out to learn more.

  • Ann Melinger has graciously shared her Diversity Resource Center from her company Brilliant Ink.

  • Mike and Gihan gave us a great discussion on communication hats. If you'd like to learn more about how they work, you can download the Communication Hats Slide Deck for free.

  • As mentioned in the podcast, Mike Klein has written a book regarding workplace diversity. You can read the book for free right here.


If you'd like to continue the conversation with Ann Melinger, Dorianne St Fleur, Mike Klein, or Gihan Hyde, you can find them all on LinkedIn.


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