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‘Inclusion’ center to help Deloitte redefine diversity

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Deloitte is redefining what “inclusion” means in its workforce. The professional services giant in March launched the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, which will host training programs, lectures and special events for Deloitte professionals and clients and will reach out to what execs call “thought leaders” to share best practices in diversity among organizations.

During the program’s launch, execs said they intend to “expand the understanding of inclusion” by disrupting the “traditional views of diversity and work/life fit.”

In fact, the firm’s own inclusion “mission statement” notes that diversity within the company reaches beyond the traditional focus on gender, race and ethnicity to include sexual orientation, disability, generations, cultures, military status, well-being and flexibility. The statement notes that an inclusive workplace culture “is a source of opportunity, enrichment and new thinking … where all leaders thrive.”

To launch the new center, more than 250 representatives from Fortune 500 companies, government, nonprofits and academia gathered in Westlake, Texas, to examine the evolution of workplace diversity and discuss best practices in minority recruiting, veteran hiring, attracting and retaining gay employees, and growing the number of women in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Contact: Jack McFadden of Deloitte, (203) 761-3387.

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