Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Listening Tour
Presented by ACEC Colorado Scholarship & Education Foundation (ACEC Colorado Foundation)
Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 8-10 a.m. (Breakfast & Discussion) OR Noon-2 p.m. (Lunch & Discussion)
ACEC Colorado Training Room | 800 Grant St., Ste. 100 | Denver, CO 80203
Complimentary for Employees of ACEC Colorado-member Firms| Limited To One Seat Per Firm
You are invited to be part of the ongoing dialogue about how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) fits at your firm. Diversity, equity and inclusion have been hot topics for the last several years in the American workplace, but what do these terms really mean for you and your firm? Where does your firm stand on these subjects? And how, if at all, has your firm begun to undertake tangible initiatives to effect change regarding DEI?
The ACEC Colorado Foundation, through its DEI committee, has begun delving further into these concepts. The foundation’s goal is to develop resources and programming with ACEC Colorado that may help firms embed diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of their employees and operations as part of the norm, rather than taking performative measures that may not have lasting impact.
To that end, the committee’s initial step was to conduct a survey in in December 2021 about member firms’ employee perceptions and experiences regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. The great response yielded excellent data which was used several ways. First it provided a basis for the opening keynote on DEI and leadership at ACEC Colorado’s Annual Conference in April 2022. Secondly, the data helped create a framework to guide the discussions for this learning tour.
As the next step in this DEI journey, the foundation has hired Groundswell Change, an organizational development consultancy that frames diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strategic institutional management imperative, to facilitate round table discussions about DEI. This will help gauge ACEC Colorado member firms’ interest, readiness and status for integrating DEI into aspects of their firm – from culture to work practices to leadership.
This listening tour will be held in person only to better afford a safe and open environment for participants to share, ask tough questions and engage with each other and the facilitators. Through these discussions, Groundswell will help unpack some of the issues that arise at a higher level, then drill down to see what’s been tried and identify where there remain needs that the ACEC Colorado Foundation and ACEC Colorado can develop resources to address such as a toolkit, educational programs, and other supportive materials.
Because space is limited, only one employee per member firm may attend. To register, you will need to send an email to Brenda Walters (email@example.com).
About the Facilitators
Brian Cook, Owner, Principle Consultant Theodosia Cook, Owner/Strategic Advisor
Groundswell Change Groundswell Change
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