3.2 Develop an Inclusion Strategy

Your board will develop a culture of inclusion when it can demonstrate that diversity, equity and inclusion are valued, and that people can bring their whole selves to the table in an authentic way[1].

  • Is your organization’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity part of the orientation message for new board members and is it incorporated into the onboarding process?
  • Is commitment to inclusion reflected in the way that board decisions are made?
  • Are there any barriers that prevent full participation of some board members?
  • What needs to be done to change the dynamic so that all board members are able to be engaged in decision-making processes

This work will take a deliberate effort, and will lead to more genuine, engaged relationships and better, more responsive decision-making[2].

  1. Brescoll, V.L. (January 1, 2011). What do leaders need to understand about diversity? Yale Insights. Retrieved from Yale Insights
  2. Hewlett, S.A., Marshall, M., and Sherbin, L. (2013). How Diversity Can Drive Innovation. Retrieved from Harvard Business Review.


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