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Season 2 : Episode 19

Inclusion From Trend to Cultural Shift

Oct 2021 ∙

Inclusion From Trend to Cultural Shift

How do we shift Diversity and Inclusion from trend to culture in today’s workplace? My guest today, Raquel Tamez, Chief Inclusion & Engagement Officer at Charles River Associates, dives into the sociological elements needed to provoke and support true change in the office. She reveals the six characteristics of an inclusive leader, what it means to “mind the middle” and why it’s important to consider current team members when fostering diversity in a company.

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Raquel Tamez is the Chief Inclusion & Engagement Officer at Charles River Associates, a leading global management consulting firm that provides expert services to law firms, legal departments, and government agencies. Before joining CRA in May 2021, Raquel served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, where she oversaw the largest strategic transformation in the organization’s 45-year history. With a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, Raquel has served as a Prosecutor for the Department of Labor and the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel for SourceAmerica.

Raquel joins me today to discuss turning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts from a trend into corporate culture. She explains why it’s important for leaders at the C-Suite to be committed to DEI and reveals the six characteristics of an inclusive leader. She discusses what it means to “mind the middle” and why it’s important to consider current team members when fostering diversity in a company. Raquel also highlights the role of tech in increasing diversity in workplaces and society.

“Ignite a cultural evolution where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion isn’t just some initiative, but something truly integrated in the organization’s DNA.” – Raquel Tamez

This Week on the Podcast

  • Raquel’s background and the most influential person in her life
  • The role of executive coaches in one’s professional career
  • The emergence of the Chief Inclusion & Engagement Officer role in Fortune 500 companies
  • Why there is currently an increased awareness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The reason companies need to do more than “diversity”
  • Charles River Associates’ efforts in increasing diversity in the talent pipeline
  • Creating safe spaces for DEI in organizations
  • Building inclusive leaders at the C-Suite and why executives need to commit to DEI
  • The six traits of an inclusive leader
  • Transforming systems and behavioral norms in the workplace to benefit DEI
  • Addressing resistance to DEI efforts
  • How technology can enable cultural shifts in companies

Connect with Raquel Tamez

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Charles River Associates on Twitter
Raquel Tamez on LinkedIn

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