In May 2017, Seattle was listed as the fastest growing big city in the United States and on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, it will act as the host city of the next GDIB Launch Event. Some of the country’s top Fortune 500 companies are located in and around Seattle and the GDIB has aligned with some of the biggest. Google, has signed up as the Platinum and Venue Sponsor. That means tapping into the hot Seattle economy and the hot diversity & inclusion issues. Also topping the list of incredible sponsors is Outreach, a sales engagement software company, and Boeing Employees Credit Union.
The Seattle Launch Event will introduce the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks which helps organizations determine strategy and measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. Using breakout sessions that embrace a variety of GDIB topics, attendees will sample the standards and how they can be applied. This is not a workshop. It is an introduction celebrating the GDIB and its possibilities. Captains facilitating were chosen for their experience and expertise with Diversity & Inclusion in organizations and the applications to the GDIB. There will be food, drink, networking and raffle prizes. Seating is available for 200 guests and as with past GDIB Launches, this event is free but registration is required so, you’ll want to register early!
The evening’s line-up is as follows:
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Networking, eating, making merry (food is an important part of Google’s culture, we understand)
6:00 – 7:00 pm: High-speed kick-off followed by exciting guests, a GDIB overview, and a panel of GDIB users and representatives from various sectors
7:00 – 8:00 pm: 12 to 15 Breakout Sessions with Captains to share their stories of D&I work in their organizations, how it connects with the GDIB, and lots of dialogue
8:00 – 9:00 pm: So what? Attendees will have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned and what they’ll take back to their organizations, ask questions, and explore what’s next!
The Seattle Launch Team includes Effenus Henderson and Barbara Deane (EP), co-directors of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a solid reputation for presenting the long-running NW Diversity Learning Series; Steven Matly of SM Diversity, taking the lead in D&I staffing and recruitment and D&I events and workshops, including the well-regarded and well-attended D&I Hackathons in Seattle; Donna Stringer (EP), Cross-Cultural Consultant, regarded as one of the top authors in the genre of intercultural training materials and one of the most respected D&I consultants in Seattle and in the nation, with Terry Loving of Linked:Seattle, for executives and business owners, the largest Seattle group on LinkedIn.
We Have Formed a New Nonprofit Entity:
The Centre for Global Inclusion, incorporated July 5, 2017
The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) and all related tools and materials will become part of that new entity along with many other services that will help meet our new mission: to serve as a resource for research and education for individuals and organizations in their quest to improve diversity and inclusion practices around the world. The Centre logo appears to the left.
Founding Board members are: Julie O’Mara as Board Chair and President, Alan Richter as Treasurer, and Nene Molefi as Secretary.
We are in the process of filing the paperwork to obtain US IRS 501c3 nonprofit tax exempt status and have started operations as such. We have organized as a public charity focused on education and research on diversity and inclusion around the world.
We are therefore changing our relationship with The Diversity Collegium, which holds 501c6 IRS status. That status does not enable individuals and organizations to receive tax exempt credit for donations. The Collegium is still very much an important supporter of the GDIB. Since 2013, The Collegium has committed time, energy, and resources to enable the GDIB to continue its successful growth. We are so appreciative of The Collegium’s commitment to the GDIB and being our “home” from 2013 until now. It is now time for us to take this next step to maximize, not only the potential of the GDIB, but to grow to achieve The Centre’s mission as stated above.
Our Commitment to the Future
The past couple of years have seen a tremendous increase in activity and interest in the GDIB. While this is all good, providing something for free comes at a significant cost both financially and in time and resources. The 501c3 status provides the structure to raise funds from multiple sources. Keeping the GDIB free is a promise we have kept since it was first published by us in 2006. We intend to keep that promise.
You will be hearing more from us in the near future as we will be announcing our officers and new governing and advisory boards shortly.
Here are some of the goals and strategies we are planning to accomplish in the future through The Centre for Global Inclusion:
• Continuing research on the evolution and effectiveness of D&I practices of organizations in various sectors, industries and regions around the world.
• Translations of the GDIB into other languages beginning with Spanish and French.
• Customized GDIB editions for sectors, industries, approaches, and regions.
• Case studies and video-based educational tools.
• Self-paced online learning tools and blogs.
• Live and archived webinars.
• Gatherings of practitioners to improve D&I.
• Extensive use of social media.
• Educational tools and resources.
• Journal articles and conference presentations.
• Resources that create an extensive global footprint.
In addition, your ideas for the ongoing development of the GDIB and for projects and tools that will help you in your work and help meet The Centre’s mission are welcomed.
If you have questions, comments or project ideas, please send them to us. And please note that soon you will receive information with opportunities for sponsorships and donations to The Centre for Global Inclusion. Thank you for your support over the years and we are grateful for this opportunity to continue our journey and achieve our mission to the highest possible level.