This Episode: E.D.I. for SMEs with Cat Wildman

Lucinda is joined by Cat Wildman, founder of Powered by Diversity, to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion – E.D.I for SMEs. They discuss practical strategies for implementing E.D.I initiatives in organisations.

They emphasise the importance of starting from the bottom and engaging the entire leadership team in the process. Cat explains how their platform helps HR teams assess their organisation’s current state of E.D.I. and gather valuable data from employees. They also discuss the benefits of addressing E.D.I. Such as attracting and retaining diverse talent and enhancing employer brand.

Key Takeaways

  • Engaging the entire leadership team in the process is important to ensure that diversity and inclusion efforts are integrated into all aspects of the organisation.
  • Collecting data from employees through surveys can provide valuable insights into their experiences and perceptions of inclusion.
  • Taking action on low-hanging fruit and quick wins can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion and show employees that their feedback is being heard.
  • Recognise that diversity and inclusion efforts are a long-term strategy and focus on making sustainable progress over time rather than seeking quick fixes.

Best Moments

“As a scientist and technologist, I would always, prepare my data so prepare the experiment, what do we want to do. What is the situation now is the first thing, and how do we want to influence it is the second thing.”

“We had an organisation where they did have an issue where there was such a white organisation. They found it really hard to attract talent of colour, they weren’t getting any applications. We did a really specific piece of work for them and researched that specifically with a group of people of that demographic.”

“We try and get people to have that balance. Show that you’re doing stuff, talk about the data regularly, reference it in all of the presentations that you do quarterly or in your all hands meetings, talk about, right, we did the assessment, This is the Powered by Diversity section.”

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About The Guest, Cat Wildman

Cat Wildman is a scientist and technologist and founder of Powered By Diversity, a company that specialises in Financially Accessible Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (E.D.I.) in the form of data, training & events.

The Powered By Diversity data platform houses the UK’s most powerful diagnostic framework for E.D.I. and allows all organisations to quickly and efficiently find and diagnose their gaps. Their recommendations and Library of content powered by their collective of over 200 E.D.I. subject matter experts, help their customers to close each and every gap they find.

See the below links for access to an E.D.I. Health Check and the Cultural Calendar Club:

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About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda, for over 10 years as CEO of Actus Software has worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

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